Rebels, Arrows and Huskies each win a pair
SLAYTON -- Murray County Central won a pair of games Tuesday, advancing to the winner's bracket semifinals of the Section 3A softball tournament.
MCC, the top seed in the south, opened the day with a 15-5 victory over No. 8 Southwestern United in five innings. The Rebels then defeated fourth-seeded Adrian Area, 3-0, in a pitcher's duel.
The Dragons defeated No. 5 Edgerton, 7-1, in their first game, while the Flying Dutchmen stayed alive by eliminating SWU with an 8-1 victory.
MCC (14-2), Adrian Area (10-12) and Edgerton (8-12) will all play Saturday in Montevideo.
SWU ends the season with a 2-19 record.
MCC 3, Adrian Area 0
Becky Blomendaal (nine strikeouts, four walks) twirled a three-hit shutout, and the Rebels manufactured a single run in three separate innings in their victory over the Dragons.
"Becky kind of came out of her shell today and threw a great game for us," MCC head coach James Wajer said. "It was nice to get the victory in a tight ballgame, as we showed some clutch capabilities in this game."
Adrian Area's Karli Meyer also threw a fine game, going the distance with four strikeouts.
MCC scored the game's first run in the bottom of the first, as leadoff hitter Laura Beers singled, stole second and scored on Janeane Robinson's one-out single.
After squandering chances to score in both the second and third innings, the Rebels increased their lead to 2-0 with a run in the fourth.
Elissa Reinsma started the inning with a sharp single to right and promptly stole second. Cortney Platt laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Reinsma to third before Beers drove a ball to deep right field -- allowing Reinsma to score on the sacrifice fly.
MCC's Dani Onken smacked a leadoff single in the fifth. A walk to Brooke Manderscheid and a passed ball moved Onken to third before an RBI groundout off the bat of Reinsma made it 3-0.
Meanwhile, Adrian Area couldn't string together a sustained rally. Meyer's one-out single in the fourth looked like a spark, but Platt turned a nifty double play at second base to get the Rebels out of the inning.
"We had runners on in just about every inning, but couldn't seem to get that key hit," Adrian Area head coach Markus Okeson said. "Karli pitched a great game and we made the plays behind her."
A pair of Rebel errors to begin the sixth gave Adrian Area two baserunners. But two groundouts to third base and a strikeout ended the threat.
Brooke Kramer (walk) and Courtney Thier (single) both reached base for the Dragons to begin the seventh, but Blomendaal fanned two straight batters before getting the last out on a fielder's choice to secure the victory for the Rebels.
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Adrian 000 000 0 -- 0 3 0
MCC 100 110 x -- 3 6 2
MCC 15, SWU 5 (5 innings)
Scoring 10 runs in the first two innings, the Rebels began the day with a big victory over the Wildcats.
Maddy Robinson earned the complete-game victory for MCC, striking out four and walking one.
Katherine Kazemba and Kasey McNab split the pitching duties for the Wildcats, striking out two batters each.
Beers reached on an error to begin the bottom of the first for the Rebels. She stole second and went to third when the throw went into center field before Annette Magnus plated her with a groundout.
Janeane Robinson followed by blasting a triple to deep left and scored on Caitlyn Petersen's RBI groundout for a 2-0 MCC lead.
Onken singled, Manderscheid walked and Kate Robinson singled to produce another Rebel run, as Robinson's hit scored Onken.
Reinsma delivered a two-run single to make it 5-0, as Robinson had just stolen second to move into scoring position.
The Rebels scored five more runs in the second, as Beers and Magnus reached on errors to begin the inning. Beers -- who reached on a two-base error and moved to third on a wild pitch -- scored when Magnus reached.
Janeane Robinson and Petersen drew consecutive walks to load the bases, and Onken belted an inside-the-park grand slam to deep right-center, increasing MCC's bulge to 10-0.
SWU got two of those runs back in the top of the third, as April Wallace singled and scored on Kris Beyer's RBI groundout. Kelli Correll then crushed a ball to the fence in left, circling the bases for an inside-the-park home run to make it 10-2.
MCC made it a 10-run game again with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, as Beers had the game's third inside-the-park home run to start the frame. Janeane Robinson walked and later scored on a single from Petersen.
Manderscheid, Kate Robinson and Alisen Carlson each scored for the Rebels in the fourth inning, as MCC was up 15-2 heading into the fifth.
SWU took advantage of four Rebel errors in the fifth to score a trio of runs, as Correll, Kazemba and Sarah Schmitz all crossed the plate to complete the scoring.
Kazemba, McNab, Beyer and Chelsey Knutson each had a single for the Wildcats.
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SWU 002 03 -- 5 6 4
MCC 552 3x -- 15 7 5
Adrian Area 7, Edgerton 1
Meyer, Thier and Briana Neibuhr each had two hits, as the Dragons won their opening round game against the Flying Dutchmen.
Meyer struck out eight and walked one in twirling a complete-game five-hitter.
Katie Hadler walked five and fanned three in a complete-game performance for the Flying Dutchmen.
Dulci Boyum led Edgerton with a pair of hits.
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Edgerton 000 001 0 -- 1 5 2
Adrian 011 500 x -- 7 8 1
Edgerton 8, SWU 1
Hadler struck out seven and walked four in a complete-game effort, leading the Flying Dutchmen to a victory over the Wildcats in an elimination game.
Hadler (single, run), Sammi Vanden Bosch (three walks, one run), Alexa Vanden Bosch (two hits, two runs), Boyum (single, double, two runs) and Alyson Drooger (double) were the among the offensive leaders for Edgerton.
McNab tossed a complete game for SWU, striking out two and walking four.
Kazemba ripped an RBI triple to score Beyer (two walks) in the third inning. Correll had two hits, including a double, and Elly Schmitz had the only other hit for the Wildcats.
R H E
SWU 001 000 0 -- 1 4 2
Edgerton 012 023 x -- 8 6 1
At Sleepy Eye ML/B-O 6, Springfield 5
Courtney Anderson and the Wolverines knocked off the defending state champs to open the tournament.
Anderson struck out one and walked six in 5 1/3 innings to earn the victory on the hill.
Emily Harrington had a pair of hits, while Kelly Hempeck had a two-run double in the seventh.
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ML/B-O 030 000 3 -- 6 7 2
Spring. 000 001 4 -- 5 8 2
Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 4, ML/B-O 1
Dena Johnson suffered the loss for the Wolverines, striking out one and walking three in going the distance.
Hempeck had an RBI single for the Wolverines.
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ML/B-O 000 100 0 -- 1 4 2
SESM 012 010 X -- 4 6 1
Section 3AA at Pipestone PA 21, Lincoln County 0
Bailey Bouman struck out 11 and walked two to earn the victory on the hill.
The Arrows struck often and early, finishing this one in five innings. Brooke Woelber was 3-for-4 to lead the Arrows at the plate. Val Halbur, Karli DeShepper and Brooke Henderson each went 2-for-3, while Steph Rudie and Bouman each went 2-for-4.
R H E
L.C. 000 00 -- 0 0 5
PA 948 0X -- 21 15 0
PA 10, RRC/W-WG 0
Chelsey Evans struck out 11 and walked one to give the Arrows their second victory of the day.
Audra Schmidt suffered the loss for the Falcons, striking out three and walking three in 3 1/3 innings.
Kayla Rowden was 2-for-3 for the Arrows, while Rudie was 2-for-2. Nichole Merrill was 1-for-3 with a double.
R H E
RRC/W-WG 000 00 -- 0 1 1
PA 035 2X -- 10 9 0
RRC/W-WG 12, Windom 2
Schmidt struck out eight and walked one over five innings to earn the victory for the Falcons.
Abby Lund struck out one and walked two in suffering the loss for the Eagles.
Shannon Altermatt and Ashley Neperman each went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Falcons. Ashley Neperman also had a 3-run home run and five RBI on the day.
Kelly Shaner was 1-for-4 with a solo home run, while Emily Neperman was 2-for-3 with a double. Jenny Hoffman was 2-for-2 with a double.
Cassie Oddson and Jessica Jenkins each went 2-for-3 for the Eagles. Jenkins also had two RBI.
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Windom 000 02 -- 2 6 2
RRC/W-WG 520 05 -- 12 12 1
Windom 11, Lincoln County 5
Steph Utech earned the victory on the hill for the Eagles, striking out 13 and walking seven in a complete-game effort.
Karissa Borsgard was 2-for-4 with a double at the plate for the Eagles. Oddson was 2-for-3 with a two runs scored and two stolen bases, while Lisa Johnson was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Katie Symens was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Morgan Borsgard was 2-for-2 with a two-run double.
R H E
L.C. 122 000 0 -- 5 9 1
Windom 114 320 X -- 11 13 3
At Jackson JCC 10, T-M-B 0 (5 innings)
Kelly Williams fired a complete-game gem for No. 2 Jackson County Central, as the Huskies won their Section 3AA opener over seventh-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
Williams struck out five and walked three in twirling a no-hitter for the Huskies.
Five players had two hits apiece for the Huskies, including Amanda Wagley with a home run. Traci Fransen, Megan Bezdicek, Hanna Fransen and Brit Schneekloth also had a pair of hits each.
R H E
T-M-B 000 00 -- 0 0 3
JCC 303 31 -- 10 14 0
JCC 2, RV 1 (9 innings)
Schneekloth's two-out bloop single in the bottom of the ninth scored Kate Rentschler, giving the Huskies their second win of the day over No. 6 Redwood Valley.
Rentschler pitched all nine innings for JCC, fanning seven and walking one. She also had two hits, as did Traci Fransen.
JCC (14-6) plays at 2 p.m. in Marshall Saturday.
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RV 000 010 000 -- 1 4 1
JCC 000 001 001 -- 2 7 4
RV 11, Luverne 4
Third-seeded Luverne committed six errors in its opening-round loss to Redwood Valley.
Kelsey Theesfeld took the loss in five innings of work. Mikki Fitzer tossed the final two frames for the Cardinals.
Kerri Fransman, Courtney Fodness and Paige Olson each had two hits for the Cardinals. Fransman drove a run in, while Fodness had a two-run double.
R H E
RV 006 140 0 -- 11 9 2
Luverne 003 010 0 -- 4 7 6
Luverne 14, T-M-B 4 (5 innings)
Luverne bounced back in its second game of the day, beating the Panthers by 10 runs to stay alive in the tournament.
Theesfeld pitched a complete game, walking five and fanning five. She was also 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and four RBIs.
Kat Dahl was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs for Luverne, while Fodness was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Olson had an RBI double.
Luverne (14-8) plays at 12:30 p.m. in Marshall Saturday.
R H E
T-M-B 300 01 -- 4 5 1
Luverne 171 32 -- 14 12 0