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Prep softball: E/SWC clinches league crown

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EDGERTON — For the second time in three years, Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian is the Red Rock Conference champion.

The Flying Dutchmen claimed the 2014 title on Tuesday night to cap off an unblemished conference mark of 10-0; the first of its kind. They took a thrilling 3-2 win over Murray County Central to clinch the championship.

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MCC scored two runs in the top of the third to tie it up, but a tally for E/SWC in the fifth it back on top at 3-2. The Rebels got the tying run to third with two outs in the top of the seventh, but Tianna Top induced a game-ending grounder to Sydney Esselink at third to end the game and hand MCC just its second conference loss of the season. Both of those came at the hands of the Flying Dutchmen.

Top struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone in the win. Haley Tinklenberg was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Jenny Nelson had a double and an RBI. Kristi Bose was handed the loss.

R H E

MCC 002 000 0 — 2 3 3

E/SWC 011 010 x — 3 8 4

PA 15-10, Luverne 5-1

LUVERNE — Pipestone Area kept its unblemished record intact with just two games to go Tuesday when it swept through a Southwest Conference doubleheader against Luverne.

A six-run sixth put the game away in the opener as the Arrows came away with a 15-5 victory. They followed that with a 10-1 triumph to finish off the sweep.

Shelby Bloemendaal struck out four and went the distance for the win in game one. Rachel Skyberg was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI with Kelly Nettik going 2-for-3 with two runs driven in.

Ellen Dahl took the loss for the Cardinals. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs driven in, a home run and two runs scored. Alexis Hiller also had a pair of hits.

The Arrows scored three runs in three different innings to come away with the nightcap. Nettik got the win in the pitcher’s circle, striking out seven and walking only one. The senior also hit a homer.

R H E

PA 014 406 — 15 9 1

Luv 200 003 — 5 7 8

R H E

Luv 000 001 0 — 1 6 8

PA 103 033 x — 10 7 0

AHS 17, RRC/W-WG 5

ELLSWORTH — Adrian hung an 8-spot in the bottom of the second and never looked back Tuesday as it took a 17-5 Red Rock Conference victory over Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.

That added to a four-run first and gave the Dragons a 12-1 lead at the end of two.

Eighth-grader Devin Dreesen pitched four and one-third in relief to pick up the win, striking out three in the process. Bailey Grussing was 3-for-4 at the plate with five RBIs, two doubles and a triple. Jodi Bents had two hits and drove in three.

Taylor Willhite took the loss for the Falcons.

R H E

RRC/W 100 04 — 5 5 1

Adrian 483 2x — 17 10 1

SWU 6, MLA 1

MOUNTAIN LAKE — Mountain Lake Area’s Signey Stoesz struck out 12 batters, using a tantalizing change-up, but her Wolverines were unable to stop the Southwestern United Wildcats as they improved to 7-5.

SWU pounded out 11 hits and Ida Rogers-Ferguson went the distance on a three-hitter, striking out five batters for herself while walking two.

Rogers-Ferguson helped herself out by going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Stephanie Kazemba was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Mariah Crowell was 2-for-3.

R H E

SWU 103 011 0 — 6 11 0

MLA 100 000 0 — 1 3 2

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