Softball: Thunder split with Albany, beat Huskies for first time

The Zimmerman Thunder salvaged a split at Albany with a 5-1 win led by Mitchell Mossman, after losing the opener 10-2, on Friday.

“This was also the first time we beat Albany since the Granite Ridge Conference has started,” said Thunder coach Chris Riley. “Overall I was happy with the week. It’s tough to play five games in four days.”

The Thunder were 2-3 in that stretch. They are 2-7 in the Granite Ridge and 5-7 overall, and will play at Milaca on Monday.

Albany 10, Thunder 2

Kyle Zierden went 3-for-4 and Cody Fourre 2-for-2 plus two walks for Albany. Dylan Panek pitched six innings (two runs, seven hits, one walk) for the win.

Zach Nolan started and two the loss, giving up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings on seven hits and six walks. Taylor Snow threw 2 2/3 innings giving up three runs.

The Thunder got RBI doubles from Snow and Mossman.

“I thought defensively we did not help out our pitcher in the second inning,” said Riley, referring to a three-run bust by Albany. “Two errors in the field is tough to pitch through, and it added another 10 pitches to the inning.”
Thunder 5, Albany 1

Mossman pitched an efficient four-hitter with two walks, striking out six, using a variety off pitches and speeds. Austin Arceneau took the loss.

“Mitchell was very effective with first-pitch strikes,” said Riley, adding that the Thunder have lost some games where they were even in hits but walked too many. “Mitchell only allowed two walks and Albany had to swing at stuff because they were strikes.”

Mossman also went 2-for-3 and knocked in two runs. Austin Tretbar was 2-for-3 with an RBI.