by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Ashley Pool fired a one-hitter and Gabby Antolak knocked in two runs as the Zimmerman Thunder pulled out a 4-2 win over the Rogers Royals on Wednesday in Rogers.
Zimmerman improved to 8-1 and Rogers fell to 6-5 as Pool won a duel of hard-throwing freshmen. Pool walked seven but gave up just a single to Savannah Seiter and struck out five. Rogers’ Katelyn Kemmetmueller had a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
“It was a great team win,” said Thunder coach Emily Zahn. “Pool was solid the entire game and pitched us out of a few jams.”
Even though Pool had seven walks and Kemmetmueller just two, the latter’s hurt her more. She walked two and hit another batter in the first inning to load the bases. Two runners scored, on an Antolak ground out, and a double steal.
Later, Antolak added an RBI double and Morgan Feldick had a single for the two safeties against Kemmetmueller.
Zimmerman has a doubleheader against Becker at home Thursday while Rogers will host Buffalo.