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JORDAN WILLI/DAILY GLOBE Adrian pitcher Rachel Kontz throws a pitch during a non-conference softball game against Worthington Monday at Centennial Field in Worthington.

TROJAN SOFTBALL: Trojans knock off Dragons

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WORTHINGTON -- KC Riley hit two home runs and Sarah Ebbers pitched a complete game to lead the Worthington Trojans to a 7-2 girls softball victory over Adrian Monday.

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Riley, who had been struggling at the plate in the early going of the 2013 spring season, hit a line drive two-run shot over the leftfield fence in the first inning and, in the fifth, belted her first offering from Adrian's Rachel Kontz over the centerfield fence.

It was the first two-homer day of the senior catcher's high school career.

"I had two last year and two my freshman year. I was out (with a knee injury) my sophomore year," Riley said after the game.

WHS head coach Josh Wasmund said all of Riley's hits this season have been home runs. Riley said she's actually had four hits (the other one a single), but she agreed with her coach that she has struggled at the plate until Monday.

"I think I've been slow this year because I've been worried about hitting it hard. And today I just relaxed.

"I just want to get a good solid hit to keep the team going. My coach says not to put too much pressure on myself."

Ebbers scattered six hits as the Trojans, who host Southwest Conference rival Windom in a doubleheader today, improved to 2-3. The visiting Dragons scored a single run in the top of the first inning, then scored another in the sixth on a double by Sam Croat.

Kontz went the distance for Adrian, allowing 10 Worthington hits.

After scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, WHS added two in the fourth. Pinch hitter Brandie Timmerman scalded a one-out double to put runners on second and third, and with two out Paige Kinley singled to left-centerfield to drive the team's fifth and sixth runs home.

Wasmund was pleased with Monday's outcome.

"We put up runs and we stopped them from scoring runs. That's always what we want to do," he said.

Worthington's 2013 softball squad is an interesting mix of veterans and inexperienced players, but Wasmund says as a unit the team is gifted.

"Very athletic. Probably the most athletic team I've coached from one through nine. Pitching, we don't have a varsity pitcher who's thrown a varsity inning for us until this year," he said.

Ebbers has both of the Trojans' victories this spring.

R H E

Adrian 100 001 0 -- 2 6 1

WHS 400 210 x -- 7 10 5

Pipestone Area 2-5,

Brandon Valley 1-8

PIPESTONE -- Tasia Woelber struck out 10 in limiting Brandon Valley to four hits as Pipestone Area edged Brandon Valley 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Brandon Valley won the second game 8-5.

Tiffany Woelber had two hits and drove in a run for the Arrows in the opener and Paige Peterson had the team's other hit.

In the nightcap, Kelly Mettik took the loss.

Petersen had a double and an RBI while Tiffany Woelber and Mikayla Enger each had a double.

Pipestone Area is 5-1 on the season.

R H E

BV 100 000 0 -- 1 4 2

PA 100 001 x -- 2 3 2

R H E

BV 200 021 3 -- 8 11 3

PA 021 011 0 -- 5 4 1

JCC 15-13, RV 7-9

REDWOOD FALLS -- Jackson County Central took two from Southwest Conference rival Redwood Valley 15-7 and 13-9.

Brooke Klontz and Lydia Brandt each cracked three hits for the Huskies, with Klontz collecting a pair of doubles and Brandt a triple. Klontz was the winning pitcher. Alyssa Lueck took the loss for the Cardinals. Both pitched complete games.

In the second game, Blaney Markman went 3-for-3 for JCC.

Moira Carlson pitched a complete game for the victory. Nichole Bunting took the loss.

R H E

JCC 004 200 9 -- 15 15 5

RV 230 101 0 -- 7 10 5

R H E

RV 200 310 3 -- 9 6 4

JCC 214 123 x -- 13 10 4

Edgerton-SWC 4, MCC 3

SLAYTON -- Edgerton/Southwest Christian edged Murray County Central 4-3 as Tiana Top outduelled Ashley Clarke.

Tanner Gunnink had two hits and Jessica Menning had a double and scored two runs for the winners.

Jade Giese and Sophie Nepp had two hits apiece for Murray County Central. Giese had a double and Nepp drove in three runs.

Top went the distance on the pitcher's rubber and struck out seven while issuing no walks. Clarke walked two and struck out 13.

Edgerton/Southwest Christian is 2-0 on the season. MCC is 1-1.

R H E

E-SWC 002 020 0 -- 4 5 2

MCC 102 000 -- 3 6 2

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Doug Wolter
Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and six grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He self-publishes short stories in his spare time. One of his stories, "The Genuine One," is being distributed by a national publisher.
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