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Adapted softball: Thunderbolts start season 2-2, sit in third place

The South Washington County Thunderbolts softball team has started the season 2-2 and currently sit in a tie for third place in the eight-team CI South Division.

The Thunderbolts registered wins over Chanhassen/Chaska/Prior Lake/Shakopee and New Prague and fell to Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville and Dakota United. Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (3-0) sits in first place in the league, followed by Dakota United (2-1).

The Thunderbolts opened the season with an 8-2 win over Chanhassen/Chaska/Prior Lake/Shakopee at East Ridge High School.

The game was close through four innings with the Thunderbolts having a one-run lead. However, in the fifth inning the Thunderbolts' bats woke up and the team scored five runs, to go up 8-2, then held on for the remainder of the game. Leaders for the game were Amanda Henderson having a solid pitching effort and Thomas Jarosiewicz going 2-for-3 with two doubles on the night, according to head coach John Culbertson.

Following the win, the 'Bolts took the show on the road to do battle with Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville, but fell 16-10, in a showdown between last year's second- and third-place teams.

The Thunderbolts got down early and always kept on fighting, but could never recover from a poor fielding night, said Culbertson.

John Stutelberg and Lucas Fiedler led the Thunderbolts in hitting both going 3-for-4. Fiedler also had a double and three RBI.

The Thunderbolts' game against New Prague on April 15 was the second of three-straight road games. In the 16-2 win, the Thunderbolts' bats came alive. The team went a combined 27-for-42 in what Culbertson called "a solid, all-around performance."

Lucas Coy, Fiedler and Thomas Jarosiewicz all were 4-for-4 in the game. Also, Henderson had a good night on the mound, racking up three strikeouts and limiting the Trojans to five base runners all night.

Two days after the bats came alive, they were silenced as the Thunderbolts fell to the Dakota United Hawks by a score of 11-2.

"It was a very solid defense effort by Dakota; they kept our runners off the base paths for a majority of the game," Culbertson said.

Dylan Kubitschek and Tristan Rankin were the bright spots at the plate for the 'Bolts. Kubitschek went 3-for-3 and Rankin was 2-for-2.

South Washington County took on Minneapolis Roosevelt (1-1) on Monday, April 22, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the 'Bolts travel to St. Paul Humboldt (1-2) on Wednesday, April 24.