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The NRHEG softball team had a lot of questions entering the 2012 season.

It appears many of them have been answered.

The Panthers have won two of their first three games, going 1-1 in Gopher Conference play.

On Monday, the Panthers hosted WEM and posted a 3-1 victory.

Anna Stork came up with a huge hit for the Panthers in the bottom of the sixth inning. With the game tied 1-1, two outs and runners in scoring position, Stork slapped a solid shot between third base and shortstop to drive in a crucial run. Tara Simon also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Also hitting safely for NRHEG were Makenna Thiele, Mandy Deml and Jade Schultz.

Schultz was the winning pitchers, allowing no earned runs on three hits, with 13 strikeouts and seven walks.

The NRHEG baseball team is off to a strong start, posting a record of 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Gopher Conference.

The Panthers picked up a big 11-9 victory over WEM at Legion Field Monday, coming from behind to claim a key conference win. The big hit was Mitch Akemann’s single in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Eric Sorenson was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, David Lassahn 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Sam Lundberg tripled.

Lundberg started on the mound and went three innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits, with four walks and two strikeouts. Lassahn got the win, going four innings of relief while allowing no earned runs on two hits, fanning four and walking one.

By JODY WYNNEMER

Staff Writer

It was a windy afternoon at Riverview Golf Course outside New Richland Tuesday, April 3 as the Panther Boys’ Golf Team opened up their season as the visiting Triton Cobras won the match 165-194. Cobra Senior Andre Joyce was medalist with a 38.

Jake Langlie led the Panther scoring with a 45. Spencer Hanna shot 47 and Macoy Schwierjohann had a 48. Sam Grothem and freshman Cole Lenort had matching 54s. Sam Nafe carded a 55.

“We did not play up to our ability,” said coach Brad Root. “We need to play better in order to be competitive.”

Thursday, April 5, the Faribault BA boys and girls golf squads paid a visit to Riverview and went home on the losing end of both matches. The boys snuck by 185-190, while the girls tallied 229. The BA girls did not have a full squad.