SPENCER - The strong Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn team made a good showing against some bigger schools at the Spencer Softball Tournament this weekend.
The Lady Eagles played two games on Friday, losing to two Lakes Conference teams - the Bulldogs of Le Mars, 4-1, and the Cherokee WashingtonHigh girls, by a score of 6-2.
LeMars senior Bailey Heidebrink stifled the Eagles' bats in that contest, as she went the whole seven innings and gave up no earned runs on four hits, and fanned two batters.
Shortstop Emily Anderson led the Bulldogs' attack with three hits. Stephanie Specht went the distance on the hill for MMC, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, and striking out two.
In the Cherokee game, four Lady Eagles stroked one hit apiece. MMC hurler Kayla Foresman gave up only three hits herself and none of Cherokee's six runs were earned, as MMC committed a whopping nine errors in the field.
The Lady Eagles played another Lakes Conference team, Estherville-Lincoln Central, on Saturday, and the results were better than they were on Friday, as the Lady Eagles grabbed a 5-4 win.
Specht went the distance on the mound for MMC , and she giave up three earned runs on five hits and fanned two batters. Erica Dreckman rapped two hits for the Lady Eagles, who totaled eight base knocks as a team.
In their other game Saturday, the Lady Eagles faced one of the top teams in Class 1A, perennial state contender Newell-Fonda, and the game was certainly not a "blow out," as the Lady Eagles fell to the ranked team by a 5-3 score.
Dreckman had three hits for MMC, as Kayla Foresman pitched a complete game, giving up 10 hits and striking out three.
Megan Julifs got the win for the Mustangs, as she went the distance, giving up three runs on eight hits, and striking out four. Her batterymate, Katelyn Laursen, and left fielder Kayla Miller, notched two hits apiece.