Polars down Warriors by 10-run rule

The softball contest between the Henry Sibley Warriors and the North High Polars got off to a slow start Wednesday, April 15 and was scoreless heading into the third inning at McKnight Field in North St. Paul.

In the top of the third, Sibley pitcher Amber Chow picked up the first hit of the game when she sent a high drive into center field. The ball hit the top of the fence and fell on the outside for a home run.

North hurler Megan Rubbelke then struck out the side. In all, Rubbelke had five K's and allowed just three hits in the five innings it took for the Polars to post the win.

"The North St. Paul teams are very aggressive on the bases. They run, and if you don't make the play they will come right at you," stated Sibley head coach Phil Stohr.

 "We made a few errors and gave them that big inning. They did a very good job and took advantage of our mistakes.

"They are very well coached. I give them credit. They play the game at another level than most teams we face. Hats off to them," Stohr said.

From the North perspective, co-head coach Tom Nemo said, "It took awhile, but once we got the bats going we didn't stop.

"Sibley made a few errors, but then we were able to take advantage of those errors. It was a good game for us."

The Polars left the bases full in both the first and second innings.

In the bottom of the third they managed to put one run up on the board. A couple of hits and three Sibley errors made the difference. Abby Glaus singled, and errors on balls hit by Lily Langevin and Kallie Stepaniak brought Glaus home.

With the score knotted at 1-1, North sent 10 batters to the box in the bottom of the third, and six of them crossed home plate.

Sophia Cave doubled and Abby Arko was hit by a pitch. Kayla Koemptgen beat out a sacrifice bunt and Madi DelCastillo slammed a double to left center for two RBI. Glaus drove home two more runners with her double into left. Langevin then cleared the bases with a triple and came home on a single by Rubbelke to push North's lead to 7-1.

The Polars ended the game in the fifth. Langevin beat out an infield hit. Stepaniak and Rubbelke singled, and Langevin scored.

Ryan Crotty was safe on an error on the right side, allowing Stepaniak to cross the plate.

Sophie Cave then slammed a two-RBI double down the left field line. When Crotty scored, the Polars led 11-1, ending the contest by the 10-run rule.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7820.

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