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Prep softball: Top throws no-hitter as E/SWC, MCC advance in 3A

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EDGERTON — Tianna Top picked a great time to throw her first no-hitter of the season.

The Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian junior has been giving opposing batters fits all season, but until Monday’s opening two rounds of the Section 3A South tournament, she had yet to fire a no-no. That changed when she blanked No. 8-seed Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in an 11-0 win for the top-ranked Flying Dutchmen. She followed that with a three-hit shutout in the sub-section semifinals when E/SWC took a 10-0 win over fourth-seeded Springfield.

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In the first contest of the night against T-M-B, Top was just an error shy of throwing a perfect game. Still, victory was never in doubt. The Flying Dutchmen scored four in the first before adding two in the third and five in the fourth to run away with the win.

The offense wasn’t exactly lacking, either. E/SWC smacked 15 hits with Tanner Gunnink and Top leading the way. Gunnink was 3-for-3 with four RBIs while Top also had a perfect night at the plate and drove in three. Breanna Nelson was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Top struck out eight in the win.

Top and the Flying Dutchmen picked up right where they left off in the nightcap. Top struck out six while the offense put up three in the first and four in the fifth to put the game away early.

Gunnink finished her night at 6-for-7 with a 3-for-4 showing that included three RBIs in game two. Savanah Tinklenburg was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a pair of runs driven in. Hope Veldkamp also went 2-for-3.

With the wins, E/SWC advances to the Section 3A South finals, where it will take on Dawson-Boyd at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Cottonwood.

R H E

T-M-B 000 00 — 0 0 3

E/SWC 402 5x — 11 15 1

R H E

Spr. 000 00 — 0 3 3

E/SWC 311 14 — 10 12 0

Springfield 3, SWU 2 (10 innings)

EDGERTON —Southwestern United pitcher Ida Rogers-Ferguson struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday, but Springfield was still able to push the game-winning run across the plate.

After plunking the leadoff batter, Rogers-Ferguson struck out the next two. With the baserunner on third, she proceeded to strikeout the next batter, but the third strike got past the catcher, allowing the winning run to scamper home. The 3-2 loss ended the Wildcats’ season in heartbreaking fashion.

The Tigers scored a run in each of the first two innings to go up 2-1 before both pitchers settled in. It wasn’t until there were two outs in the top of the seventh that someone finally got some offense rolling again.

No. 4 SWU’s late rally started with a two-out double by Stephanie Kazemba. Rachel Mathias came up with the game-tying hit when she dropped in a single to left center that plated Kazemba and, eventually, sent the game into extras.

Rogers-Ferguson took the tough loss after putting forth a gutsy nine and two-third inning performance during which she allowed two earned runs on seven hits and struck out seven. Molly Dunn got the win, striking out 11 over 10 innings of work.

Kristin Liepold finished the night 2-for-5 for the Wildcats. Kazemba was 1-for-4 with a double and a run with Mathias going 1-for-4 with an RBI.

R H E

SWU 010 000 100 0 — 2 7 4

Spr. 110 000 000 1 — 3 7 1

MCC 10, Adrian 1; MCC 5, Wabasso 3

WABASSO — Murray County Central might have hit its stride at just the right time.

The third-seeded Rebels opened up tournament play with a 10-1 win over No. 6 Adrian before plating four runs in the third inning of a 5-3 minor upset over No. 2 Wabasso. The two wins move MCC into the sub-section finals where it will play Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Cottonwood.

The Rebels were consistent in their quarterfinal matchup against the Dragons, scoring in each of the first five innings. Jade Giese was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored while Kristi Bose helped her own cause by going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Bose went all seven on the rubber, allowing just three hits and striking out eight.

Bailey Grussing allowed four earned runs on four hits in the loss for Adrian. Danielle DeBeer, Devin Dreesen and Brooke Grussing had a hit each. The Dragons scored their run on an RBI groundout by Brooke Echter that plated Jodi Bents.

In a tight No. 2 vs No. 3 battle, a monster third inning proved to be enough for the Rebels. Giese was again big at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored. Abbey Lee and McKenna Schreier both were 2-for-3 as Schreier also belted a round-tripper. Bose picked up her second win of the evening, surrendering just one earned run on seven hits and fanning four.

R H E

Adrian 000 010 0 — 1 3 4

MCC 114 310 x — 10 7 0

R H E

MCC 104 000 0 — 5 9 3

Wab 011 010 0 — 3 7 1

Wabasso 8, Windom Area 0

WABASSO — Windom Area ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Wabasso pitcher Callie Rohlik.

The Rabbits’ senior fired a two-hit shutout as the seventh-seeded Eagles’ season ended at 5-13 with an 8-0 loss.

Meghan Vesey took the loss for Windom Area, going six innings and allowing just four earned runs on nine hits while striking out three. Kaylee Janssen smacked a double with Sutton Dewanz adding a single for the Eagles’ two hits.

R H E

Windom Area 000 000 0 — 0 2 3

Wabasso 030 203 x — 8 9 0

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Zach Hacker
Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.
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