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Trojan Softball: JCC takes two from Trojans

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JACKSON -- The Jackson County Central softball team swept the Worthington Trojans in a Southwest Conference doubleheader Thursday.

Despite holding early leads in each game, the Trojans fell 4-2 in the opener before dropping Game 2, 16-6.

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"We played well and were in both games," WHS head coach Josh Wasmund said. "We had our chances in each game. The girls stayed in until the end, even after JCC put together an eight-run inning in the second game."

The Trojans scored twice in the second inning of Game 1 for a 2-0 lead as Valerie Cano (1-for-2) plated Brandie Timmerman (1-for-3) and Aleanna Heig (2-for-4) drove in Kara Honius. Paige Kinley (1-for-3) and KC Riley (1-for-3 with a double) also had hits for WHS in Game 1.

However, the Huskies plated one run in each of the next four innings for the 4-2 win.

Brittany Woodke (2-for-4) homered for JCC in the opener, while Jasmine Erickson added an RBI double and Marita Rasche (2-for-3), Adriane Rentschler (2-for-3) and Moira Carlson each scored a run.

Brooke Klontz earned the pitching win for the Huskies, striking out four and walking four, while Sarah Ebbers took the loss for WHS. Both pitchers had complete games.

"Sarah pitched very well in Game 1," Wasmund said.

Ebbers took the circle in Game 2, and was spotted a 6-3 lead after two innings by the Trojans' offense. That was all the scoring WHS managed in the nightcap, though, as JCC tied the game at 6 in the third before breaking the game open with a five-run fifth and tacking on two runs in the seventh.

Klontz (2-for-5 with five RBI's), Erickson (3-for-4 with three RBI's) and Rentschler (3-for-5 with three RBI's) each blasted a home run for the Huskies in the 16-6 win. Jayde Price (2-for-2), Carlson, Woodke and Lydia Brandt each had RBI's for JCC.

Riley (2-for-4) led the Trojans in the second game with a double and two RBI's, while Heig, Yadira Barragan (two RBI's) and Miranda LeBrun each collected a safety. Heig and Riley each scored two runs for WHS.

Klontz (four innings, six strikeouts) earned the Game 2 win in relief of Carlson (three innings, two strikeouts), while Ebbers took the loss, pitching into the fifth inning before giving way to Allie Bruns, who struck out three in the final 2 2/3 innings for WHS.

JCC improved to 9-3 overall and 8-2 in the SWC. The Huskies host Big Lake today.

Worthington (3-11, 0-10) returns to action Monday with a nonconference game with Southwestern United.

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JCC 001 111 X -- 4 9 1

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PA 10-14, RV 0-8

REDWOOD FALLS --The Pipestone Arrows remained undefeated in the Southwest Conference with a Thursday sweep of Redwood Valley.

Tasia Woelber earned both pitching wins for the Arrows, who improved to 9-1 overall and 8-0 in the SWC. Woelber struck out 10 batters and allowed one hit in a five-inning complete game in the opener, and then struck out six and walked one over five innings before Kelly Nettik pitched the final two innings of Game 2.

Cassie Evans was 2-for-4 with two RBI's in the opener, while Tiffany Woelber (two doubles), Megan Remund, Tasia Woelber (double) and Brittany Evans each batted 2-for-3.

Tiffany Woelber (3-for-5 with a double and three RBI's) and Paige Petersen (2-for-5 with four RBI's) led the Arrows at the plate in Game 2, while Amanda Haupert (double) and Brittany Evans each collected two RBI's on respective 2-for-4's. Tasia Woelber again helped her own cause with another 2-for-3 in the nightcap.

Pipestone Area hosts a tournament Saturday.

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LHS 10-0, Marshall 5-10

LUVERNE -- The Luverne Cardinals and Marshall Tigers played to a split in a Southwest Conference doubleheader Thursday.

A pair of five-run innings propelled Luverne to the Game 1 win before the Cardinals were shutout in the nightcap.

Ellen Dahl claimed the pitching decision in Game 1, striking out six and walking three in a complete game. Dahl also doubled twice and plated four runs on a 2-for-4 effort.

Alexis Hiller was 3-for-4 for Luverne, while Nicole Kneip (2-for-4) homered and drove in two runs and Kristen Reisdorfer (2-for-4) doubled and had two RBI's. Hiller, Dahl, Reisdorfer and Kneip each scored two runs.

Callie Graff helped Marshall (8-4, 7-3) secure the second game with three runs and a double on a 4-for-4 outing. The Tigers received two hits apiece from Miranda Fischer (two runs) and Sadie Zahrbock (double) in Game 2. Brooke Louwagie was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in the opener for Marshall.

Tara Sudenga, Kennedy Gonnerman (double) and Hiller each had a hit for Luverne (6-6, 4-4) in the second game. The Cardinals host Windom in a conference doubleheader Saturday.

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