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Prep softball: Henning sac lets Trojans split


REDWOOD FALLS — The Worthington softball team showed it has a short memory Thursday.

After dropping a 6-5, nine-inning heartbreaker to Redwood Valley in the opening game of their doubleheader, the Trojans fought back to talk a walk-off win of their own in game two, defeating the Cardinals 3-2.

Redwood Valley scored two runs in the first inning of the nightcap but Worthington pitchers Katie Rogers and Carly Byrnes went to work after that. The two combined to strike out five and allow just two hits the rest of the way. Single runs in the bottom of the third and the fifth had the game knotted up going into the bottom of the seventh.

Senior Paige Kinley broke out the big stick to open up the inning when she walloped a lead-off triple. A short time later, Brooke Henning lifted a fly ball to left that was deep enough to drive Kinley across for the game-winning run.

Rogers allowed two earned and surrendered four hits over five innings in the start. Byrnes picked up the win in relief, striking out three over two scoreless innings. Henning had a pair of hits — one of which was a triple — and drove in two. Rogers added two hits of her own.

It was ointment on the sting of the Trojans’ game one loss. The game went into extras at 5-5 before the Cardinals finally scored on a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth to win it.

Kinley went eight and one-third, struck out eight and walked one for the loss. Henning had a pair of hits with a triple and three runs batted in. Kinley and Miranda LeBrun added two hits apiece.


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PA 14-12, Marshall 0-3

PIPESTONE — Pipestone Area finished off a 19-0, undefeated regular season Thursday with wins of 14-0 and 12-3 over Southwest Conference rival Marshall.

Shelby Bloemendaal scattered five hits during a five inning shutout to get the day started. Rachel Skyberg and Brittany Evans both finished the opener 3-for-4 at the plate with Skyberg driving in four and Evans adding an RBI of her own. Kelly Nettik, Bloemendaal and Megan Remund added two hits each.

Nettik went four innings to get the win in the nightcap. Evans was 3-for-4 for the second straight game with Nettik going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs and Alexis Shryvers finishing with a homer and three driven in.


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Luverne 7-5, E/SWC 6-6

LUVERNE — Ellen Dahl picked up the win in the first game of Luverne’s doubleheader split with Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian, but she made even more noise with her bat.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals trailed by three with two runners on. Dahl slammed a three-run homer to send the game to extra innings in dramatic fashion. Morgan Haugan singled in Susan Thompson in the home half of the eighth to give Luverne a 7-6 win. The Flying Dutchmen retaliated in the rematch, however, scoring six runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 win for the split.

Dahl struck out seven and walked only one in her game one win, going 1-for-4 at the plate with the monstrous home run. Ashley Olson was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in while Haugan was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Tianna Top took the loss for E/SWC, finishing with six strikeouts. She also had a strong night at the plate, going 3-for-3. Savanah Tinklenberg and Tanner Gunnink went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs.

Top got the win in the second game, striking out four and walking two. Gunnink was 2-for-3 with a run while Breanna Nelson had a double and two driven in. Courtney Jouwstra and Meg Peterson added two hits each.

Dahl continued to roll at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with two home runs and two RBIs. Olson was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBIs.


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JCC 10-14, WA 1-1

JACKSON — Jackson County Central was solid in all facets yet again Thursday when it capped off its regular season with a 10-1, 14-1 Southwest Conference sweep of Windom Area.

Kelsey Kannenberg continued to impress as she allowed just one run on two hits and struck out 10 over seven innings of work for the win. The only run the Eagles mustered was a solo home run off the bat of Sutton Dewanz.

Moira Carlson had a big night at the plate for the Huskies, going 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. Blaney Markman, Kannenberg and Megan Edlin all had two hits each, with the last driving in two and scoring once. Meghan Vesey took the loss for Windom, striking out one and surrendering eight earned runs in the process.

Sydney Nyborg, Markman and Kannenberg all went yard for JCC in the nightcap with Nyborg throwing a three-hitter for the win in the pitcher’s circle. Kannenberg went back into beast-mode at the plate, finishing the nightcap 4-for-4 with six RBIs and two runs scored. Markman went 3-for-4 with three driven in and two runs scored while Kathryn Nasby was 3-for-4 as well.

Kelly Riordan got the loss for the Eagles with Vesey going 2-for-3 at the plate.


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MLA 10-1, Adrian 3-11

MOUNTAIN LAKE — Mountain Lake Area jumpstarted its offense with a four-run first in game one, propelling them to a 10-3 win. Adrian came back with a one-hit pitching performance by Bailey Grussing and the bats backed her up. In the end it was an 11-1, run-rule victory for the Dragons.

Signey Stoesz got the win for MLA in the opener. She also had a double and a triple at the plate while Maurissa Isaacs also went 2-for-3.

Devin Dreesen took the loss, with only three of her 10 runs allowed being earned. Alecia Lunt was 3-for-4 with a double with both Jodi Bents and Dreesen going 2-for-5.

Grussing found her groove in game two. A fifth-inning single by Channah Brandt was all that stood between her and a no-hitter as she struck out eight in the win. Heidi Nolte was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs with Dreesen, Bent and Lunts both adding a pair of hits for the Dragons. Stoesz went all five in the loss for MLA.


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