Majettes crush Turtle Mountain in series sweep

The temperature was frigid, but the Minot High softball team’s offense was anything but in a pair of lopsided victories over Turtle Mountain on Tuesday at South Hill Complex.

The Majettes strung together 38 runs and 15 hits over the course of six innings to notch their first couple wins of the season. Minot scored 11 runs in the first inning of Game 1 after surrendering two in the top half during a 19-2 win.

It was more of the same in Game 2 as the Majettes scored six in the bottom of the first and added 13 more in the second for a 19-0 victory in a three-inning game. Minot senior Cassie Askvig tossed a no-hitter in Game 2.

“Today was better than our weekend,” Minot coach Gerard Cederstrom said. “We came out and hustled better, we were more mentally into it even though it was really cold. We took better swings today, so it was a day of growth and we grew.”

The Majettes (2-3 overall, 2-0 West Region) were roughed up in the East-West Crossover tournament over the weekend, surrendering 32 runs in three games against East Region opponents. Minot gave up two runs in the first inning Tuesday and proceeded to stymie Turtle Mountain’s offense in the remaining seven innings.

“We played with a lot of heart,” Askvig said. “We played hard, we ran the bases well and got a lot of good contact on the ball.”

Minot senior Lexi Benno pitched a complete-game, four-hitter and struck out 11 to pick up her first win in the circle this season.

The Majettes wasted no time turning a 2-0 deficit into an 11-2 lead. Seven of Minot’s first eight batters reached safely and senior Ashley Gathman drilled a two-out grand slam to put an exclamation point on the opening inning.

Aided by 19 walks and two hit batters, the Majettes brought 39 players to the plate in Game 1.

Minot’s offense didn’t slow despite temperatures hovering around the freezing point to start Game 2. Askvig struck out the side in the first and Minot’s bats put up six runs in the bottom half.

Seven batters recorded RBIs for the Majettes and eight runners came in to score. Askvig tripled in the bottom of the third to bring in two and finished with three RBIs. Juniors Haddie Lucy and Emily Zaderaka both finished with two RBIs. Lucy and junior Sam Schiele recorded multiple hits in Game 2.

“Our swing was a lot better,” Cederstrom said. “We were making better contact more frequently. Our swings just looked 100 percent better.”

The cold didn’t faze Askvig in the circle as she made quick work of the Bravettes (0-2, 0-2). She struck out seven of the 10 batters she faced. Gia Davis was the lone baserunner for Turtle Mountain, reaching on an error in the top of the second.

“I felt good, even with the cold hands,” Askvig said.

The Majettes play a doubleheader at Century on Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Mike Kraft covers Minot High athletics. Follow him on Twitter @MKraft23_MDN.