Falcons advance, Huskies and Dragons bow out of softball playoffs
MONTEVIDEO -- Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove won three softball games Tuesday, staying alive in the Section 3A double-elimination tournament.
With the three wins, the Falcons (16-5) have advanced to the section finals where they will tangle with Wabasso Thursday at 5 p.m. in Marshall.
RRC/W-WG will need to defeat the Rabbits twice to earn a trip to the state tournament.
RRC/W-WG 5, MACCRAY 4
Stephanie Maras (3-for-4) smacked a trio of doubles and Emily Neperman (2-for-4) also had a good day at the plate for the Falcons, who scored the game's last three runs.
Audra Schmidt did not allow a walk or an earned run in seven innings in the circle, while striking out 10 Wolverines.
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R/W 011 210 0 -- 5 8 5
MACCRAY 013 000 0 -- 4 6 0
RRC/W-WG 7, K-M-S 1
Playing their second game of the day, the Falcons ripped 13 hits and held Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg scoreless until the seventh inning.
Schmidt pitched all seven innings, giving up just one walk, while striking out two.
Nichole Schroeder (3-for-4) blasted a pair of doubles and finished the game with four RBI's.
Jenny Hoffman (2-for-4, triple), Shannon Altermatt (2-for-3) and Kelly Shaner (1-for-4, double) also contributed timely hitting for RRC/W-WG.
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R/W 004 000 3 -- 7 13 1
K-M-S 000 000 1 -- 1 6 0
RRC/W-WG 5, MCC 1
Stroking nine hits and getting another sparkling pitching performance from Schmidt, RRC/W-WG avenged its earlier playoff loss to Murray County Central and knocked the Rebels out of the tournament.
Four Falcons had a pair of hits and Schmidt again went the distance, striking out five and walking only one.
In 21 innings, Schmidt recorded 17 strikeouts and gave up just two walks.
At the plate, Altermatt (2-for-2, double, two RBI's), Kelsey Pankonin (2-for-3, triple, RBI), Jenna Smith (2-for-3) and Schroeder (2-for-3) paced the Falcon hitting attack.
The Rebels (11-6) scored in the fourth inning when Kate Robinson doubled and scored on Tara Onken's RBI (ground rule) double. Alyssa Claar smacked a triple for another MCC highlight.
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MCC 000 100 0 -- 1 5 2
R/W 102 101 X -- 5 9 1
JCC wins two, bows out to New Ulm
MARSHALL -- Jackson County Central smacked 37 hits in three games Thursday, as the Huskies won twice before having their season end in a 7-2 loss to the New Ulm Eagles in the Section 3AA playoffs.
New Ulm will play Pipestone Area for the section championship at 5 p.m. Thursday in Marshall. A victory by the Arrows sends PA back to the state tournament. A win by the Eagles would force a second game, with the winner of that contest advancing to the state tourney.
JCC finishes with a 21-5 record.
JCC 10, YME 7
Five Huskies had a pair of hits and Kate Rentschler struck out nine batters, as JCC defeated Yellow Medicine East.
Megan Bezdicek (2-for-3, walk, sacrifice, two runs, two RBI's), Emma Reith (2-for-4, sacrifice, two RBI's), Sara Luhmann (2-for-4, RBI, run), Amanda Wagley (2-for-4, RBI, run), Kelsey Hakes (2-for-2, two runs) and Rentschler (2-for-4, double, home run, three RBI's) paced the well-balanced JCC hitting attack.
Rentschler allowed just four hits and three walks, while pitching all seven innings.
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JCC 300 006 1 -- 10 14 6
YME 320 000 2 -- 7 4 3
JCC 11, BOLD 0
Hakes twirled a one-hit shutout, striking out five and walking only one, as the Huskies won in five innings.
Bezdicek (3-for-4), Luhmann (3-for-3, sacrifice, two runs, three RBI's), Wagley (2-for-4) and Rentschler (3-for-4, four RBI's) combined for 11 of JCC's 15 hits in the game.
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JCC 330 05 -- 11 15 0
BOLD 000 00 -- 0 1 3
New Ulm 7, JCC 2
Trailing 3-0 after three innings, the Huskies rallied with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but the Eagles tacked on four more scores in the bottom of the sixth to secure the victory, ending the season for the Huskies.
Wagley (3-for-4), Bezdicek (2-for-3, walk, two RBI's) and Luhmann (2-for-4) had multiple hits for JCC, while Stacey Schuller (1-3, walk, run) had the team's other hit.
Rentschler went the distance in the circle, scattering eight hits, while walking three and striking out three.
R H E
JCC 000 200 0 -- 2 8 4
New Ulm 201 004 X -- 7 8 1
K-M-S 7, Adrian Area 0
MONTEVIDEO -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg blanked Adrian Area, ending the Dragons three-game winning streak through the backside of the Section 3A bracket.
After an opening round defeat to Murray County Central, the Dragons posted wins over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Chokia-Alberta/Herman-Norcross and Morris Area.
Karli Meyer suffered the loss, allowing six earned runs on eight hits while walking five and striking out six.
Sam Lynn, Brooke Kramer and Kaitlin Banck each had a single for the Dragons in the game.
Adrian Area finishes with a 9-14 record.
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KMS 023 200 0 -- 7 8 2
AA 000 000 0 -- 0 3 2