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Prep softball: Carlson’s one-hit wonder boosts Huskies past MLA

CALEB NELSON/DAILY GLOBE Jackson County Central junior Moira Carlson winds a pitch during the Huskies’ softball season debut late Monday afternoon in Jackson.1 / 2
CALEB NELSON/DAILY GLOBE Mountain Lake Area junior Olivia Hopwood lays down a bunt during Monday’s softball game at Jackson County Central.2 / 2

JACKSON — A big fifth inning at the plate and solid pitching were two reasons Jackson County Central was able to shut out Mountain Lake Area Monday night, 8-0, in a softball season opener for both squads.

Senior third baseman Brittany Woodke went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Huskies and batted in three runs while eighth-grader Kelsey Kannenberg also had a pair of hits in the non-conference game, which was played under quickly deteriorating weather conditions.

Signey Stoesz had MLA’s only hit of the game. The Wolverines enter this season after going 6-8 a year ago while the Huskies were 12-7 and took second in the Southwest Conference behind only Pipestone Area.

In the circle for the Huskies, Moira Carlson allowed no runs on one hit, a walk and 13 strikeouts. Stoesz took the loss for the Wolverines, who continue their season with Cedar Mountain-Comfrey Thursday night. JCC travels to Martin County West for a game in Wellcome.

“It was a little bit of a late start for us hitting-wise, and the weather didn’t help that,” JCC head coach Shelly Hotzler said. “Moira did well. She was on today and her pitches worked well, and our defense held up well. It was nice to get a game in.”

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