Viking sb starts with victory

By Becky Walz,

Strong base running and hot bats made for a fun night at the ballpark for the Decorah softball team (1-0) in New Albin Tuesday night. The Vikings needed just five innings to wrap up the 14-3 win over Kee High to open the 2021 season.
“It was a great opening night for us. The girls played a solid five innings and stayed hot on the offensive end. We are looking forward to our season and seeing what we can accomplish,” said Coach Jill Boyd.
Decorah jumped on the board with the first tally of the game in the top of the second; however, the Hawks responded in the bottom half of the inning with three of their own. That’s when the Viking bats began to ignite as Decorah pushed five runs across the plate in the third and added seven more in the fourth. An insurance run in the fifth, closed out the scoring for the two teams.
Avery Shelton was a rock on the mound. She went all five frames, striking out 11 while allowing two hits and walking seven.
Offensively, Decorah got 12 hits in the contest. Ellie Luzum was 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple and three RBI. In the batter’s box, Ella Kittelson went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Isabel Ihde was 2-for-2 with four runs batted in.

Decorah 0 1 5 7 1 x x 14 12 0
Kee High 0 3 0 0 0 x x 3 2 4
Avery Shelton (WP) – 5IP, 3R, 2H, 7BB, 11K
3B – Ellie Luzum 1; Isabel Ihde 1; 2B – Ella Kittelson 1; I. Ihde 1; Cora Syverson 1; 1B – Kittelson 2; Fiona Buresh 2; Luzum 1; Shelton 1; Lydia Ihde 1; RBI – I. Ihde 4; Luzum 3; Kittelson 2; L. Ihde 2; Emma Johnson 1; Buresh 1; Mya Numedahl 1; SB – I. Ihde 1; Syverson 1; Buresh 1; Lani Hubka 1

Busy week
Decorah has a busy first week ahead as it competes at New Hampton in a doubleheader tonight (Thursday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m.) Monday, May 31 the Vikings host MFL MarMac in a nonconference JV/varsity twinbill at 6:30 and then welcomes Waverly-Shell Rock to Decorah Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m.

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