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Wildcats end season with 12-11 loss to Lakers, Flying Dutchmen beat Cardinals 4-1 (softball wrap-up)

COTTONWOOD -- Despite pounding out a season high 10 hits, the Southwestern United softball team was edged by the Lakeview Lakers, 12-11, Friday afternoon in a Section 3A play-in game.

"This was our best offensive game of the year," SWU head coach Les Knutson said following the game. "The walks and the errors hurt us in the end, but we really started coming around at the end of the season."

With the victory, the Lakers advance to face the Wabasso Rabbits in the opening round of the Section 3A playoffs on Tuesday. SWU finishes its season at 2-17.

Lyndsey Peterson earned the complete-game victory on the hill for the Lakers, giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits while striking out five and walking one.

Kasey McNab suffered the loss for the Wildcats, giving up seven earned runs on 10 hits. McNab struck out six and walked 10 over seven innings.

Peterson also led the Lakers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a three-run triple in the second inning. Kelsey Helgeson was 2-for-4.

McNab was 3-for-4 for the Wildcats, including a double, a triple, three RBI and three runs scored. Karen Schmitz was 2-for-4 with a triple, four RBI and a run scored. Maddie Rasche also went 2-for-4, including a double and a run scored, while Christine Kazemba went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. April Wallace was 1-for-4 with a run scored.


SWU 023 204 0 -- 11 10 4

Lakeview 141 111 3 --12 10 6

Edgerton 4, Luverne 1

LUVERNE -- Katie Hadler fanned five batters in a complete-game effort and was also 2-for-4 to lead the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen to a regular-season ending victory over the Luverne Cardinals.

Hailey Van Kley was 3-for-4 for Edgerton (5-10), which plays Windom at 4 p.m., Tuesday in Wanda in the first round of the Section 3A tournament.

Luverne's Kelsey Theesfeld fanned six and walked two in hurling a complete game.

Liz Solma had a double and an RBI for Luverne, while Courtney Fodness also had a double.

Luverne (6-10) plays Marshall at 4 p.m., Tuesday in Pipestone in the first round of the Section 3AA tournament.


EHS 003 000 1 -- 4 8 1

LHS 000 001 0 -- 1 4 2

SESM 18, ML/B-O 2

MOUNTAIN LAKE -- The Wolverines just couldn't keep pace with the Knights Friday evening and dropped a non-conference softball game.

Cassie Nelson earned the victory on the bump for the Knights, giving up two earned runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking one in a five-inning outing.

Casey Rettke suffered the loss for ML/B-O (5-5, 6-11), giving up five earned runs on four hits. Rettke struck out one and walked three in two innings of work.

The Wolverines' Brittany Wenner was 2-for-2 with a triple and a double, while batting in a run. Rettke was 1-for-2 at the plate. Courtney Anderson was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Macy Svalland was 1-for-2.

ML/B-O visits Lake Crystal Tuesday to open the playoffs.


SESM 171 45 -- 18 8 2

ML/B-O 000 02 -- 2 7 8

Sioux Falls Flash 12, Pipestone Area 2 (6 innings); Flash 4, PA 3

PIPESTONE -- The Sioux Falls Flash, a traveling club team, won a pair of games over the Pipestone Area Arrows.

Bailey Bouman pitched a pair of complete games for the Arrows, striking out 13 batters and walking four in 13 innings of work on the day.

Megan VanderPoel was 2-for-2 in the opener, while Bouman, Kayla Rowden and Brooke Woelber each had a hit.

Woelber was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in the nightcap, while Brooke Henderson, Steph Rudie and Amanda Monger were each 1-for-3.

PA (13-3) hosts Worthington Tuesday in the opening round of the Section 3AA tournament at 4 p.m.

Game 1 R H E

Flash 006 204 -- 12 15 0

PA 000 020 -- 2 6 4

Game 2 R H E

Flash 000 001 3 -- 4 5 4

PA 000 021 0 -- 3 4 1