Austin U16 softball team splits with Byron

Published 10:50 pm Monday, July 9, 2018

The Austin U16 softball team has had its ups and downs this summer and it went through a little bit of both in a doubleheader against Byron in Todd Park Monday.

Austin bounced back from an early 3-0 hole two beat Byron 15-7 in game one, but it blew a 15-3 lead in the final inning as it lost the nightcap 16-15. Both games were three innings due to time limits.

Austin’s Madisyn Busker slides into home plate to score a run against Byron in Todd Park Monday. Rocky Hulne/

Hannah McMasters had a two-run single in each game for Austin (4-4 RYFSA). She said Austin’s young roster has had to do a lot of learning this summer.

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“It’s definitely a lot different getting used to playing with a bunch of different girls. It’s slower and it’s not as fast,” McMasters said. “We had positivity and confidence in the first game and we kept everyone together as a team.”

Austin committed five errors in the second game and it had two miscues in the first game.

Austin’s Hannah McMasters hauls in a throw a third base against Byron Monday. Rocky Hulne/

Austin shortstop Erica Lundberg said the veteran players are trying to step up as leaders this summer.

“We’re helping them, but they’re still a little slow sometimes,” Lundberg said. “They’ve just got to get used to it. They’re getting better.”

Byron 3 2 2      7    6  1

Austin 6 9 X    15  10  2

Austin pitching: AJ Richard (W) 3 IP, 6 H, 5 BB, 6 ER, 2 K

Austin hitting: Destiny Gray, 1-for-3, R; Briella Wempner, 2-for-2, RBI, 2 R, SB; Erica Lundberg, 0-for-1, 2 R, BB; Madisyn Busker, 1-for-1, 2 R, BB; Hannah McMasters, 1-for-1, 2 RBIs, 2 R, HBP; Richard, 1-for-1,  2 RBIs, 2 R, HBP; Isabel Kuchera, 2 BBs, 2 R; Emilee Lau, 0-for-1, BB; Whitney Walkup, 2-for-2, 4 RBIs, R, SB; Maggie Sullivan, 1-for-2, RBI, R; Elora Hughes, 1-for-2, Kaya Nelson, 2 BBs, R

AJ Richard pitches for the Austin U16 softball team in Todd Park Monday. Rocky Hulne/

Austin 2 5 8     15  6  5

Byron 0 3 13 —  16  9  0

Austin pitching: Walkup, 2 2/3 iP, 4 H, 6 BB, 12 R, 7 ER, 2 K, HBP; McKenna Berg (L) 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 R

Austin hitting: Gray, 0-for-3; Wempner, BB, HBP, 3 SB, 2 R; Lundberg, 0-for-1, R, BB; Busker, 1-for-1, RBI, 2 R, BB; McMasters, 1-for-1, 2 RBIs, R, HBP; Richard, 0-for-1, R, BB; Lau, 0-for-1, R, 2 SB, HBP; Kuchera, 1-for-2, 2 RBIs, R; Las, 0-for-1, R, 2 SB, HBP; Walkup, 1-for-1, RBI, 2 R, BB; Sullivan, 1-for-1, RBI, 2 R, BB; Hughes, 0-for-1, BB; Nelson, 2 BBs, RBI, R; Berg, 2 BBs, RBI, R; Madi Retterath, 1-for-2, RBI

Austin’s Destiny Gray takes a swing against Byron in Todd Park Monday. Rocky Hulne/