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Thursday, June 20, 2024

SECTION SOFTBALL: Eagles go 1-1, Wolverines advance

RCW/BOLD 000 002 0 = 2-5-5
Windom 110 110 x = 4-7-2

Windom 000 000 1 = 1-3-4
Pipestone 003 000 x = 3-5-0

The Windom Eagle fastpitch softball team advanced to the double-elimination portion of the Section 3AA Tournament, but will have to battle out of the elimination bracket following an opening win and a second-round loss Tuesday in Pipestone.

The Eagles opened the tourney with a 4-2 win over Renville County West/BOLD, then fell 3-1 to top-seeded Pipestone in the second round.

In the opener, the Eagles wasted little time getting on the board, scoring in the bottom of the first on an Anja Nielsen RBI single.

In the second, Reagan Haugen beat out a bunt single, moved to third on a pair of groundouts and scored when Kadyn Paulson reached on an error.

The play of the game came in the fourth, when Camryn Elness lofted a fly ball into no-man’s land in short right field. As the RCW/BOLD second baseman tried to make an over-the-shoulder catch, the ball landed and was accidentally kicked to the side fence, allowing Elness to race all the way to third for a triple. But the attempt to throw Elness out at third hopped past the infielder, allowing Elness to race home for a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles’ final run scored when Tristyn Maras scored on the back end of a double steal in the fifth inning.

RCW/BOLD plated two runs in the top of the sixth, but Nielsen slammed the door on the Jaguars, holding RCW/BOLD to five hits and striking out 14 in the win.

Maras led the Eagles with two hits at the plate.

In the nightcap, Pipestone capitalized on a trio of Eagle errors in the third inning to score three unearned runs, taking a 3-0 lead.

Nielsen held the Arrows to just one baserunner the rest of the way and allowed just five hits in the game.

Meanwhile, the Eagle offense struggled to get on track, as the Eagles were held without a hit until a single by Maras in the fourth inning. Paulson beat out a bunt single in the sixth.

Windom’s only run scored in the seventh, when Nielsen smashed a solo home run over the center field fence.

Nielsen finished the game allowing five hits and no walks while striking out three.

GFW 010 00 = 1-5-4
MLAC 400 52 = 11-9-0

Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey opened the Section 2A playoffs with a dominant offensive performance, leading to an 11-1 victory over Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Mt. Lake.

The Wolverines jumped to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Brooke Naas hit a two-run single, Thaila Sengchan hit an RBI double and Ella Dockter plated a run with a groundout.

GFW got a run back in the second inning, but the Wolverines took command of the game in the fourth. Julia Brinkman hit an RBI single, Jaci Tollefson hit an RBI triple, Annika Brinkman had an RBI single, Naas plated a run on an error and Kennedie Simon had an RBI single for a 9-1 lead.

The Wolverines ended the game in the fifth, scoring on an error and an RBI fielder’s choice from Naas.

Tollefson and Sengchan each had two hits in the win.

Simon picked up the pitching win, scattering five hits and a walk while fanning six.

RRC/WWG 000 012 0 = 3-15-0
Nicollet 200 121 x = 6-9-2

Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove couldn’t capitalize on scoring chances Tuesday, stranding 13 baserunners in taking a 6-3 loss in the Section 2A playoffs at Nicollet.

Nicollet opened up a 3-0 lead through the first four innings, with the Falcons leaving the bases loaded in two of the first four innings.

The Falcons got on the scoreboard in the fifth on an Ella Erickson RBI single. Then, in the sixth, Mercedes Myers and Isabella Rentschler hit RBI singles, cutting the deficit to 5-3. But with the potential tying run at second, a groundout ended the inning.

Then, down 6-3 in the seventh, the Falcons had a runner thrown out at the plate to end the game. RRC/WWG had two runners thrown out at the plate in the game.

Chloe Ramthun had four hits in the loss. Natalie Wahl and Erickson had three hits each.

Addeson Jenniges took the pitching loss, working the first four innings. She allowed five runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out two.

Next games: Check for updates after each meet.
Windom: vs. West Central Area (at Marshall), May 27
MLAC: vs. Sleepy Eye (at Mt. Lake), May 25

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