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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Eagles, Falcons stay alive in playoffs

JCC 200 00 = 2-2-4
Windom 644 1x = 15-10-1

Windom 000 01 = 1-2-2
SJA 215 05 = 13-12-0

The Windom Eagle fastpitch team opened the Section 3AA playoffs Tuesday with a commanding win over Jackson County Central, but the Eagles were sent to the elimination bracket with a 13-1 loss to St. James Area Tuesday in St. James.

Windom opened the day with a 15-2 victory over JCC. The Huskies struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. But the Eagles quickly answered, sending 11 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the first to score six runs.

Windom’s first seven hitters reached base. Kait Huska and Jenna Veenker drew bases-loaded walks, Elliot Espenson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and three runs scored on errors.

The Eagles padded the lead with four runs in the second, sending 10 hitters to the plate. Rylie Raverty drew a bases-loaded walk, Kameron Rupp was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Allison Letcher hit an RBI single and Camryn Elness drew a bases-loaded walk.

In the third, Huska led off the inning with a solo home run. Aubri Spielman plated a run with a fielder’s choice and Letcher hit a two-run single for a 14-2 lead.

Windom’s final run scored on an Espenson single in the bottom of the fourth.

Letcher had three hits and three RBI in the win. Jenna Brockman, Huska and Espenson had two hits each.

Ellie Maricle returned from injury to pick up the win, allowing one run on two hits and striking out eight. She did not allow a baserunner after the first inning.

In the nightcap, St. James Area raced to a commanding lead, then hit a walk-off three-run home run in the fifth inning to claim a 13-1 win over the Eagles.

The Saints scored twice in the first and once in the second, then plated five runs in the third and five more in the fifth for the win.

Windom’s lone run scored in the top of the fifth. Rupp reached on a walk, stole second and scored on a Letcher double.

Letcher and Huska had the lone Eagle hits in the loss.

Jenna Veenker took the pitching loss, allowing eight runs on nine hits in four innings. She walked five and struck out one.

MCC 200 004 2 = 8-13-2
RRC/WWG 003 030 3 = 9-10-0

RRC/WWG 000 00 = 0-1-1
ESWC 123 7x = 13-10-0

Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove kept its season alive in thrilling fashion in Tuesday’s opening game of the Section 3A playoffs at Edgerton, rallying for a 9-8 win over Murray County Central. Then, in the nightcap, the Falcons were held in check as Edgerton/Southwest Christian rolled to a 13-0 victory.

In the opener, the Falcons took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third innings. Hailey Amsden scored on an error, Mercedes Myers hit an RBI single and Isabella Rentschler added an RBI double.

The Falcons stretched their lead to 6-2 in the fifth. Rentschler hit an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch, and Nora Hemmingsen scored on the back end of a double steal.

MCC rallied, tying the game at 6-6 with four runs in the top of the sixth. The Rebels then plated a pair in the top of the seventh, taking an 8-6 lead.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Avery Schoer tied the game with a two-run double and Beth Byers raced home on a wild pitch, giving the Falcons a walk-off win.

Rentschler had three hits in the win for the Falcons. Myers added a pair of hits.

Nicole Schroepfer took the pitching win, allowing eight runs on 13 hits. She walked seven and struck out seven.

In the nightcap, ESWC pitchers held the Falcons to a single baserunner in the game. Bianca Weis’s two-out single in the fourth inning gave the Falcons their only baserunner.

ESWC scored once in the first, twice in the second and three runs in the third before blowing the game open with a seven-run fourth inning.

Addeson Jenniges took the pitching loss, allowing 13 runs on nine hits in 3-2/3 innings. She walked three and struck out five.

MLAC 002 010 2 = 5-9-1
Cleveland 201 052 x = 10-8-3

Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey battled from an early deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning, but Cleveland plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead back for good Tuesday, claiming a 10-5 win in the Section 2A playoffs at Cleveland.

The Wolverines tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third on RBI groundouts from Brooke Naas and Alana Morey.

Cleveland regained the lead in the bottom of the third, but the Wolverines tied the game again at 3-3 on an Ella Dockter RBI single in the top of the fifth.

But in the bottom of the fifth, the Clippers strung together two hits and five walks to score five runs, taking an 8-3 lead. Cleveland added a pair of runs in the sixth inning, stretching the lead to 10-3.

The Wolverines tried to mount a seventh-inning rally, scoring on a Naas groundout and on a Presley Dockter single to cut the deficit to 10-5. MLAC loaded the bases with two outs, but a line drive to third by Sabrina Hanson was snared by the Clipper third baseman to end the game.

Jaci Tollefson and Kayleigh Schumann each had two hits in the loss for the Wolverines.

Morey took the pitching loss, working 1-1/3 innings. She allowed two runs on three hits and walked two.

Next games: Check for updates after each meet.
Windom: vs. Luverne (at Pipestone), June 5
RRC/WWG: vs. RTR (at Edgerton), June 5

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