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Trojans and Tigers spilt (softball wrap-up)

MARSHALL -- Worthington and Marshall played a pair of one-run games Thursday, as the Tigers rallied from a 9-0 deficit in the opener to earn a 10-9 victory before the Trojans captured a 2-1 victory in the nightcap in a Southwest Conference softball doubleheader.

"We played very well today, and had a chance to win both games," WHS head coach Sam Baumgartner said. "We had a nice lead in the first game, and came back and played really well in the second game."

In the opener, Worthington (1-5, 3-8) scored three runs in the first and later put together a five-run fifth frame to build a 9-0 lead.

Marshall, though, scored twice in the fifth and eight times in the sixth to go up 10-9 before holding on for the victory.

Emily Ebbers hurled a complete game for the Trojans, walking six and fanning three. Only three of the 10 runs Marshall scored were earned, as the Tigers took advantage of a pair of Trojan miscues and four walks in the sixth to claim the lead.

Jordan Wiertzema (4-for-5) and Hannah Solem (2-for-4, bases-loaded double) each drove in three runs for Worthington, while Ebbers was 3-for-4 to help her cause.

Worthington's Kristen Dierks twirled a complete-game four-hitter in the second game, as she struck out four and allowed just two walks and one run.

"Both Emily and Kristen were outstanding in the circle today," Baumgartner said. "We played better defense in the second game, and we hit the ball well throughout the day."

Rachel Pavelko (2-for-3) and Lynn Harberts (1-for-1, two walks, two stolen bases) both scored in the third inning for Worthington. Solem and Kaela Wiese were both 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Wiertzema had the other hit for the Trojans, who play Adrian Area at Ellsworth Monday.

Game 1 R H E

WHS 300 150 0 -- 9 10 4

MHS 000 028 x -- 10 10 2

Game 2 R H E

MHS 000 100 0 -- 1 4 0

WHS 002 000 x -- 2 6 0


SANBORN -- Playing perhaps their best game of the year, the Southwestern United Wildcats won for the first time this season by knocking off the Red Rock Conference-leading Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove Falcons.

SWU (1-5, 1-10) scored three runs in the top of the first and later added five runs to extend its lead to 8-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

RRC/W-WG (5-1, 6-2) rallied with a pair of runs in each of the last two innings, but the Wildcats held onto the lead to earn their first victory.

Kasey McNab twirled a complete game for SWU, fanning four batters and walking two.

SWU's Christine Kazemba had an RBI-triple in the first inning, while Sarah Schmitz had a pair of singles.

Anna Obermoller, Karen Schmitz and Elly Schmitz each had a single for SWU, which is scheduled to visit Luverne today.

Kelly Shaner cracked a solo inside-the-park home run in the seventh for RRC/W-WG, while Jenna Smith had a single and a double.

Nicole Schroeder, Emily Neperman, Steph Maras and Steph Pankonin (RBI) each had a single for the Falcons, who visit Tracy-Milroy-Balaton today.


SWU 300 023 0 -- 8 6 2

R/W 011 102 2 -- 7 7 2

ML/B-O 6, Edgerton 5; Edgerton 15, ML/B-O 0 (5 innings)

EDGERTON -- Megan Svalland's sixth-inning grand slam lifted Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin to a victory in the opener, while Edgerton pounded out 14 of its 26 total hits to earn a 15-run victory in the nightcap as the teams split a Red Rock Conference doubleheader.

Svalland, who was 2-for-4, slugged an inside-the-park grand slam in the sixth to put the Wolverines up 6-5.

Courtney Anderson, who was 2-for-5 and scored a pair of runs, struck out six batters in tossing a complete game for ML/B-O.

Shelby Peterson also had a pair of hits for the Wolverines.

Edgerton's Hailey Van Kley (RBI) and Dulci Boyum were each 3-for-4, and Katie Hadler (seven walks, six strikeouts) pitched a complete game.

Hadler also tossed a complete game in the second game, walking two and fanning four batters.

Van Kley and Boyum were each 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Sammi Vanden Bosch and Alyson Drooger were each 2-for-3 for Edgerton (3-3, 4-7).

Anderson and Brittany Wenner shared the pitching duties for ML/B-O (2-4, 3-8).

Edgerton hosts Minneota Monday, while ML/B-O hosts Adrian Area Tuesday.

Game 1 R H E

ML/B-O 000 114 0 -- 6 9 2

Edg. 003 200 0 -- 5 12 4

Game 2 R H E

Edg. 107 16 -- 15 14 0

ML/B-O 000 00 -- 0 3 5

Redwood Valley 6, Windom 0; Windom 2, RV 1

REDWOOD FALLS -- Windom split a Southwest Conference doubleheader with Redwood Valley.

Steph Utech tossed a pair of complete games for Windom (4-8), as she struck out seven batters and walked five in 13 innings on the day.

Megan Mattson and Alii Holt were each 2-for-3 in the opener for Windom.

Mattson was 3-for-3 with an RBI in the second game, while Morgan Borsgard was 1-for-2 with a two-out RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth to score Holt with the winning run.

Windom visits St. James Monday.

Game 1 R H E

WHS 000 000 0 -- 0 8 6

RV 220 020 x -- 6 6 0

Game 2 R H E

RV 000 100 0 -- 1 2 0

WHS 001 001 x -- 2 5 3