Adapted softball loses home opener

Brookelyn Skluzacek connects for a hit during the Trojans' loss to South Washington County Monday, April 15. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague/TCU/ LSH adapted softball team earned a split of sorts last week, winning one game by forfeit and losing their home opener. 

The Trojans traveled to St. Paul Humboldt on Wednesday, April 10, only to find that the Hawks did not have enough players. New Prague won the game by forfeit, though the team did scrimmage against the Humboldt players. 
 
Thunderbolts 16, Trojans 2
New Prague hosted South Washington County in their home opener Monday, April 15, and lost in six innings by a 16-2 score. 
The Trojans trailed 2-1 after one inning, getting hie run form hits by Alex Palm and Matt Schoenbauer. 
South Washington scored three more runs in the second, one in the third and five in the fourth, taking an 11-1 lead. 
New Prague scored once in the bottom of the fifth to avoid the 10-run rule at least for one inning. Charlie Zielinger reached on a base hit, advanced on a hit by Chris Pena and scored on a hit by Nick Welter. 
South Washington scored five in the sixth and the Trojans threatened in the bottom of the sixth, but a double play ended the game. 
Coach Shellie Kriha said the team played well defensively.  “They had a solid hitting team and had lots of hard hits up the middle. 
She said pitcher Palma and first baseman Zeilinger did a good job playing their positions. “We are very proud of how Charlie has stepped into a new position and has been doing great.  He’s improving each day and it showed tonight by making many outs,” Kriha said.  
“Offensively, we need to start hitting the ball better.  In order to win games, we need to hit the ball and get on base.  We only had eight hits for the night.  Alex Palma and Jacob Malecha were both 2-for-3.