Adapted softball splits 2 games

Chase Smith, #11, heads for home to score. New Prague had five runs in their 12-5 loss. Behind Chase is Coach Shellie Kriha. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

The New Prague Trojans adapted softball team opened its season with a 12-5 loss to Chaska/Chanhassen/Shakope e/Prior Lake, then rebounded with a 15-5 win over South Suburban last week. Both games were at home.

The Trojans will play South Washington Thursday, April 25, at East Ridge High School in Woodbury, then play at South Suburban Tuesday, April 30, at Bloomington Jefferson. They return home Thursday, May 2, facing Burnsville/Farmington/ Lakeville.

Southern Stars 12, Trojans 5 New Prague opened its season with a non-league game against Chaska/Chanhassen/ Shakopee/Prior Lake and lost 12-5 Tuesday, April 16.

Besides being the team’s first game, they had lost the two previous practices due to snow days, and the team was a little out of synch.

“We were very proud of the hard work that our team gave despite that,” Coach Shellie Kriha said. “There were lots of new players playing in their first ever softball game and there were also players playing in different positions.”

The Trojans had two bad defensive innings that resulted in five runs each inning.

“The Southern Stars are one of the toughest teams that we will play, they are a solid team and can hit the ball hard,” Kriha said. The Trojans spotted the Stars a 5- 0 lead in the first, but answered with one run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Seth Dorner that scored Garret Gagner.

New Prague trailed 7-4 going into the seventh, but allowed five more runs in the final inning on their way to a 12-5 loss.

Blake Perry went 3-for-4 to lead for the Trojans. Garrett Gagner and Breanna Stark were 2-for-3. Evan Minar, Dorner, Aaron Adamson and Caleb Smith each went 2-for-4.

Trojans 15, Jets 5 New Prague responded to their opening day loss with a solid win over South Suburban Thursday, April 18.

The Jets scored three runs in the first inning, but then pitcher Garrett Gagner struck out two and caught a fly ball to get out of the inning.

New Prague answered with four runs in the bottom of the first on hits by Gagner, Adamson, Leo Fahey and Shane Friedrich.

The Trojans shut out the....

To see more on this story pick up the April 25, 2019 print edition of The New Prague Times or the Montgomery Messenger.

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