Vermont – The Vermont Cardinal Power 16/18 fast-paced softball team won a summer double header from St. James on Tuesday night, but lost one of the team’s top players in the process.
Hard-hitting right-hander Nifa Ram missed a shot for a rare perfect match to lead Vermont to a 4-0, five-game win in the opener at Cardinal Park.
Alison Jansen’s pivotal two-stroke triple at the top of fifth during Game Two lifted Vermont from a 5-4 deficit before the 65-minute scheduled time. Unfortunately for the home team, Ram – who doubled – scored Vermont’s fifth inning to make it 8-5, but suffered a leg injury on slipping at the board and was carried off Diamond via an ambulance.
James cooled off his St. James rackets during the first game of doubles matches, as 12 consecutive hitters retired—including all nine best hitters in the game—before allowing a lead song to Lanny Powers at the top of fifth.
Rahm displayed great control on her court and didn’t release a baseball on balls in five full frames to win the full match, by one stroke into Game 1.
Rahm helped her cause inside the chalk shooting circuit by drilling teammate Emma Gudahl’s RBI double for a 1-0 lead at the bottom of the first half. Goodall arrived via St. James’s walk-through of starting bowler Lanny Powers.
Emily Mueller arrived on the error to open Vermont’s second hit, took second base on unruly ground and ran around the bases on Jaya Johnson’s RBI single from RBI left to double Fairmont’s margin to 2-0.
The Cardinal Power lineup then doubled down on its advantage with two more strokes in the third game. Tiffany Lowry walked and later scored on Reese Olson’s singles on the right field. Olson, who finished third on a two-base error, later crossed the board on unruly ground to lead 4-0.
Despite back-to-back singles for Johnson and Abby Sunden and a walk to Ilana Muller through the bottom of the fourth, Vermont didn’t add to the lead.
Ram scored two strips in the first and second inning, retired the side in the third with three strokes and added two more strips in the fourth.
Solo Lanny Powers in the second half and RBI’s Jacey Swanson in the second half, along with two other ground-scoring innings in the third, took St James’ lead 5-0.
However, Vermont responded with four runs at the top of the fourth frame on the strength of Ram’s RBI singles, Mandy Petliski’s two-stroke, and Sunden’s two-stroke.
Down 5-4, Laurie and Olson pulled a back-to-back walk into 5th Vermont before St. James mishandled arrogant Emma Goodall to hold the game 2-in-5-all. Jansen hit a three-way break in two rounds, Anna Ehlert Jansen returned the sacrifice fly, Ram doubled and Petliski hit a foul. The match was obviously called due to ambulatory injury.
Rahm and Sundeen went to 2 for 2, while Janssen went to 1 for 1 with a triple, two RBIs, and scored two runs and walks for Vermont.
Pytleski allowed five runs—none won—in three strokes, hit six, and walked three in four in Game 2 for Cardinal Power.
Vermont travels to Nicollet on Thursdays for a double header at 6 p.m.
St. James 000 00-0 1 2
Fairmont 112 0X – 4 5 0
Lanny Powers (LP) and Swanson’s Journey. Nafa Ram (white phosphorous) and Jaya Johnson.
LOB – Fairmont 4, St. James 1. 2B – Nevaeh Rahm (FMT). SAC – Jaycee Swanson (SJ).
Fairmont 8 35 000 6 1
St. James 032 0-5 3
The game was called due to a mobile injury at the top of the fifth inning.
Mandy Petliski (WP) and Ilana Muller. Addison Smith (LP) and Swanson’s Journey.
LOB – Fairmont 4, St. James 2. 2B-Abi Sundeen (FMT) 2, Nevaeh Rahm (FMT) and Jacey Swanson (SJ). 3B-Allison Janssen (FMT) and Mandy Pytleski (FMT). SF – Anna Ehlert (FMT).