Prep softball: JCC edges Worthington; Pipestone Area plays on in Section 3AA
NEW ULM — Worthington saw its softball season come to a close Tuesday after a hard-fought Section 3AA South quarterfinal loss against Jackson County Central.
The third-seeded Huskies withstood a strong comeback effort from the No. 6 Trojans to hang on for a 9-8 win.
The two squads traded zeroes for each of the first two innings before Worthington got its bats rolling in the third. Paige Kinley drove in a pair on a triple before coming home for the third run of the inning herself on a double by Brooke Henning, giving the Trojans a 3-0 lead. JCC, however, retaliated in a hurry. It plated five runs in the bottom of the frame to claim the lead and a back-and-forth battle was on.
The Trojans came back to pound five hits in the fourth to go back on top 6-5. The Huskies responded again, this time scoring two on a solo homer by Kelsey Kannenberg and a run-scoring single for Megan Edlin. The lead grew to 9-6 after a two-run fifth before Worthington made one last-ditch effort to keep its season alive.
In the top of the sixth, Allie Bruns came through big time with a two-run double that got the Trojans back within a single run at 9-8. Unfortunately for the low-seed, that was as close as it ever got as JCC hung on to advance to the section semifinals.
Edlin had a nice game at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Kannenberg was also 2-for-3 and got the save in the pitcher’s circle. She struck out two and gave up two hits over three innings of work in relief of Sydney Nyborg, who stuck out one and surrendered eight hits through four.
Kinley finished out her Trojan career 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two more driven in. Henning was 2-for-3 with two RBIs with Miranda LeBrun going 2-for-4. Kinley went all six in the loss, striking out one and allowing five earned runs in the process.
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JCC 005 220 x — 9 6 5
New Ulm 13, JCC 3
NEW ULM — The Huskies couldn’t maintain their momentum in the sub-section semifinals when they met up with second-seeded New Ulm.
The Eagles scored three in the first and two in the second to jump out to a 5-1 lead. A five-run fifth put it away as JCC’s season ended with a 13-3 loss in five innings.
Brittany Woodke was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Huskies with Nyborg matching that hit total and driving in two. Kathryn Nasby and Blaney Markman both went 2-for-3 with a run while Moira Carlson also banged out two hits. Kannenberg went all four in the loss, with 13 earned runs and two strikeouts.
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NU 325 21 — 13 15 1
Pipestone Area 8, Fairmont 1
PIPESTONE — Pipestone Area kept its undefeated season rolling through the sub-section semifinals Tuesday with an 8-3 win over fifth-seeded Fairmont.
The No. 1-seeded Arrows, who came into the tournament with a record of 19-0, had a bye through the first round and waited for the winner of the early game between Fairmont and Luverne. Pipestone Area got it going in no time, jumping out to a 4-0 lead at the end of two. The Cardinals scored two in the fourth, but three for Pipestone in the home half of the frame essentially put it away.
Shelby Bloemendaal got the win for the Arrows, firing all seven innings and allowing nine hits and striking out nine. Brittany Evans was 4-for-4 at the plate. Rachel Skyberg and Kelly Nettik were both 3-for-4 with Nettik pounding a double and driving in three. Skyberg also drove in a run.
The Arrows will take on Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Marshall.
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Fairmont 8, Luverne 7 (9 inn)
PIPESTONE — Fourth-seeded Luverne put together two do-or-die rallies Tuesday in its quarterfinal against Fairmont. The second one fell just a little bit short.
After scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, Luverne saw Fairmont hang a 2-spot on the board in the top of the ninth. Alexis Hiller ripped a one-out single in the bottom of the frame and moved station-to-station to third before scoring on a single off the bat of Ellen Dahl. But, Dahl, who represented the tying run, was left stranded on third and Luverne’s season ended with an 8-7 loss.
Ashley Olson took the loss in relief of Dahl. Olson went three innings and struck out five after Dahl threw the first six and fanned seven. Tara Sudenga was 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run while Dahl was 3-for-5 with a run driven in. Olson finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a homer with Hiller ending the night at 2-for-4.
The loss ended the Cards’ season at 11-8.
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