Balanced attack propels Ryan past Majettes

While the Bishop Ryan softball team looked unrecognizable in teal uniforms, the offensive production was its usual self Thursday.

Seven Lion batters recorded a hit and eight reached base safely in a 10-0 victory against Minot High School in game one of a doubleheader at South Hill Complex on Senior Day.

Junior third baseman Anika Rovig paced Ryan’s offense, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. Sydney Marmon also recorded a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored against Minot pitcher Lexi Benno.

“We came out ready to play,” Rovig said. “We jumped on the pitcher right away. We were ready to swing the bat and we got base hits.”

The Lions – dressed in teal for ovarian cancer awareness – scored four runs in the first inning and added five more in the second for a nine-run lead less than halfway through the game. Ryan scored all five runs in the second with two outs. An error by Minot left fielder Hannah Gefroh on a fly ball kept the inning going and Ryan (17-1) responded with four unearned runs.

“It’s great when you can keep attacking with two outs,” Ryan coach Julie Stewart said. “The girls stayed focused and they battled each time they were up at bat.”

Ryan sophomore Brieann Backes ended the game with an RBI double, scoring classmate Sydney Marmon from second with one out in the fifth inning.

Sophomore Hannah Stewart threw a complete-game one-hitter, striking out 10 to earn the win. Stewart recorded a strikeout in each inning. The bottom three of Minot’s order batted 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.

“We have some things we need to clean up,” MHS coach Gerard Cederstrom said. “We have to get up there and hit the ball. We have to concentrate and put the ball in play.”

Miranda Fenner had the lone hit for the Majettes (10-9), a single up the middle to lead off the second inning. She walked her only other time at bat, but pinch runner Sydney Remington was caught stealing to end the fourth.

Sam Smith – Ryan’s only senior – batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs and five runs scored in her final two home game in a Lions uniform. Smith will play softball for Minot State University next year.

The Majettes donned pink uniforms for breast cancer awareness.

Game two was more of the same as the Lions completed the doubleheader sweep with an 11-1 victory. Backes picked up where Stewart left off and pitched the Lions’ second straight one-hitter. Backes threw five innings, allowing an earned run and striking out seven.

Rovig, Stewart and sophomore Maddie Lipp homered for the Lions. Stewart and Rovig hit back-to-back homers during a five-run third inning, breaking the game open.

Rovig added three hits in game two to finish the doubleheader 5-for-7 with a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored. Her final hit drove in Stewart to end the game.

MHS sophomore Hailey Fix broke up Backes’ no-hitter to lead off the fifth inning. She scored when sophomore Sam Schiele walked with the bases loaded.

The Lions close out the regular season at Bismarck High on Monday. The Majettes play May 24 in the first round of the West Region tournament in Jamestown.