Hornets grab the Lake lead

Sports Editor

Softball squad 10-runs Royals

The Edina High girls fastpitch softball team started slowly this spring, but has recently reeled off four straight wins for a 7-7 record.

Clearly, the biggest of those wins was an 11-1 romp over the Hopkins Royals May 10. That win broke a firs-place tie between the Hornets and the Royals.

Edina outfielder Quinlan Kile joins the hit parade as the softball team makes its end of the season push. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)
Edina outfielder Quinlan Kile joins the hit parade as the softball team makes its end of the season push. (Photo by Mark Trockman-trockstock.com)

“It was a great team victory,” said Edina head coach Keith Johnson. “Our bats were red-hot. Taking the Lake Conference lead is huge for our program. We had not beaten Hopkins for years. Winning a game like this speaks to all the work our girls have done.”

Eighth-grader Genevieve Ovsak pitched the win for Edina, allowing three hits while striking out four and walking four.

Among the Hornets swinging hot bats were senior catcher Molly McGarry, who went three-four-four with three runs scored, and junior first baseman Anna Pins, who hit a home run. Ovsak helped her own cause by going two-for-four with five RBIs. Center fielder Alison May went three-for-four and Hannah Sundem was two-for-three with a double.

“We’re heating up as the weather gets warmer,” said Johnson. “This is a great team victory.”

Prior to the Hopkins game, Edina won a pair of non-conference decisions.

McGarry and Pins hit home runs in a 10-7 conquest of Holy Angels.

In a 16-0 romp over Minneapolis Southwest, Molly McHugh pitched a four-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks. She also went two-for-two at the plate in her best overall performance this spring.

Quinlan Kile was hot with the bat as she went three-for-three and scored four runs. McGarry was also perfect at the plate, going three-for-three with four RBIs. Pins was two-for-two with three RBIs and Sundem continued her hot streak with a three-for-three day.

Edina is preparing for the Class 6AAA Tournament with renewed energy. Hopkins will enter the tourney as the defending champion. Armstrong was second last season.

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