THOMPSON, N.D. — Pirate Fastpitch’s season came down to one play Monday afternoon during the regional tournament.
Make the catch and the Pirates beat front-runner Central Cass for a chance to make the state B, said coach Mike Loll. After a season of highs and lows, Loll didn’t expect the regional tournament at Thompson to be any different for his fastpitch team as a dropped pop fly started a wave of errors that allowed the Squirrels to gain a 3-2 win Monday.
“That ball, 98 out of 100 times she catches that routine fly. Once you get on a roll it keeps going, but if you’re on the downside you have to stop the bleeding,” Loll said. “We dropped the ball and are no longer in the state tourney.”
The Pirates made the regional tournament for the first time in three years. They first faced Mayport, defeating them 2-1 Saturday. Loll said he could see his team hadn’t bounced back from the loss to Central Cass when they faced Kindred-Richland Tuesday, falling 9-6 to end the regional tournament.
The Pirates sent two players to the All-Region team — junior Maxine Ebel and senior Lydia Jorgenson.
Ebel was nominated for her fire all season. Offensively she started the season hitting the ball hard. Loll said there really is no other player in the region as good as she is as a catcher.
Jorgenson plays second, but it is her ability to get on base where she truly shines, Loll said. He refers to her as a left-handed slapper.
“If you are quick and can read the ball, you can get on base. That’s what Lydia does,” he said.