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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

SECTION SOFTBALL: Eagles, Falcons fall to elimination bracket

JCC 110 000 0 = 2-6-1
Windom 000 000 0 = 0-6-2

Missed opportunities on offense and a pair of costly miscues on defense doomed the Windom Eagle softball team Thursday, as the Eagles fell 2-0 to Jackson County Central in the Section 3AA playoffs at Windom.

The Eagles stranded seven runners in scoring position in the game and had one runner thrown out at the plate in the game.

JCC got on the board in the top of the first inning, loading the bases on an error with two outs before scoring on a wild pitch.

The Huskies added a run in the second, when the leadoff batter reached on an error and eventually scored on a single.

Anja Nielsen took the pitching loss for the Eagles, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out eight.

RRC/WWG 012 001 0 = 4-7-2
NUC 301 017 x = 12-9-2

Top-seeded New Ulm Cathedral pulled away late Thursday, claiming a 12-4 victory over Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove in the Section 2A playoffs at New Ulm.

The Falcons trailed by a 5-4 score after scoring a run in the top of the sixth, but Cathedral pulled away with a seven-run bottom of the sixth to seal the win.

Trailing 3-0 early, the Falcons battled back, scoring on an Addeson Jenniges RBI single in the second. The Falcons then tied the game when two runs scored on an error.

Cathedral regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the third and pushed the lead to 5-3 in the fifth, but the Falcons came back with a run in the top of the sixth when Jenniges scored on a throwing error.

But in the bottom of the inning, Cathedral sent 13 hitters to the plate, stringing together four hits, five walks and a hit batter to score seven runs.

Natalie Wahl and Jenniges each had two hits in the loss.

Jenniges took the pitching loss, working the first five-plus innings. She allowed nine hits, walked six and struck out two.

Next games: Check for updates after each game.
Windom: vs. Litchfield (at Marshall), May 25
RRC/WWG: vs. Sleepy Eye (at Mankato), May 25

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