Beavers’ season ends in loss

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minot State softball team’s season came to an end Friday in a 5-4 loss to Concordia-St. Paul at the Northen Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament at Sherman Park.

The Beavers (29-20) took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning as Darlene Truong hit her first career home run. Alyssa Cornejo drove in Stacy Fournier later in the innng.

A three-run home run by C-SP’s Cassie Bertelsen in the fourth inning put the Golden Bears (20-33) in front for good. Bertelsen’s two-run double in the fifth pushed C-SP’s lead to 5-2. Bertelsen went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and a run scored.

“We really just gave up two big hits, but that’s how this game goes,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “You can’t give up anything as the teams here are too good and will make you pay. Give Concordia credit, they took advantage of the small things we allowed.”

The Beavers weren’t able to score in the sixth with runners on first and second with no outs. But MSU cut C-SP’s lead to 5-4 with solo homers from Sarah Nicks and Cornejo. The Beavers couldn’t push across the tying run to extend its season.

“It’s certainly not the end we wanted, but I’m proud of how the girls fought back and didn’t give up,” Triplett said. “This group of seniors had a special run at Minot State and it will be tough to see them go.”

Mindy Lorimor suffered the loss in the circle, allowing five runs on seven hits over five innings. She struck out two and walked two others. Cornejo pitched the final two innings and didn’t allow a baserunner.

Stephanie Kappes picked up the win for the Golden Bears, tossing a complete-game six-hitter. She allowed four runs, struck out six and walked two.

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