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WORTHINGTON -- It didn't matter if Worthington's Kristen Dierks was on the mound or at the plate Friday, she was dominant either way. Dierks allowed four hits and struck out nine batters, while going 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Worthington to a 20-0 five-inning victory over Lincoln County in the play-in game of the Section 3AA playoffs. "I thought I did pretty good," Dierks said.
EDGERTON -- Adrian Area's Karli Meyer is on a roll. A day after throwing a near perfect game, the freshman pitcher hurled another gem as the Dragons defeated Edgerton 4-2 in a Red Rock Conference softball game Wednesday. "I pitched all right, but I think the team really backed me up on the hits that I gave up," Meyer said. "I think it was a team effort." The AA (4-5, 6-9) defense was solid on the few plays it had to make Wednesday. The Dragons did not commit an error behind Meyer, who allowed six hits and two earned runs. "I thought we played very well.
WORTHINGTON -- One round wasn't enough to decide a winner for the girls' Red Rock Conference medalist. Red Rock Central senior Sarah DeCock and Southwest Christian eight-grader Emaleigh Vreeman needed two holes to determine the top spot. DeCock came out on top as the RRC girls shot a 409 to claim the conference title. On the boys' side, Westbrook-Walnut Grove carded a 343 to claim the victory. "Our whole conference is so tight," RRC head coach Steve Wegman said. "It was a playoff for the girls, and there were a couple others right there. Same with the boys, it's just so tight.
WORTHINGTON -- It was all about the pitching Monday afternoon. Pipestone Area's Bailey Bouman and Chelsey Evans combined to allow two hits as the Arrows swept past Worthington in a Southwest Conference softball doubleheader. Bouman allowed one hit and no runs while striking out 15 in a 9-0 victory in Game 1, while Evans allowed one hit and no runs while striking out 10 in a 10-0 decision in Game 2. Neither pitcher allowed a walk. "It was definitely the Bailey Bouman and Chelsey Evans show today, and they were on fine display," Worthington head coach Sam Baumgartner said.
WINDOM -- After having just four hits in a Game 1 loss in Friday's Southwest Conference softball doubleheader, the Worthington Trojans had four consecutive hits in the Game 2 en route to a 5-4 victory and a split on the day against the host Windom Eagles. "It was nice that they came out with their hitting shoes on in the first inning of the second game, and we had four hits in a row and a couple of runs," Worthington head coach Sam Baumgartner said.
WORTHINGTON -- There is only one word to describe Worthington's Travis Pedersen's day at the 56th Annual Trojan Relays Thursday. Perfect. In his last home meet, the senior won all four events to lead Worthington to an overall team title in Class AA with 199 points. "It's a great way to end a great year here," Pedersen said. "All my time spent has really paid off by winning my last home meet.
ELLSWORTH -- After striking out five times in the first two innings, Worthington head coach Sam Baumgartner pulled his team aside before the start of the third. "It seemed like the first couple of innings we were pressing a little bit and chasing some pitches that were out of the zone," Baumgartner said. "We talked about that in the third inning to make the pitcher shoot strikes and don't chase anything.
WORTHINGTON -- When Albert Lea's Sam Matheson woke up Saturday morning, he wasn't sure that the Tiger golf team would be making the trip to the Worthington Invitational. Even on a windy, wet day, Matheson fired a 77 and defeated teammate Grant Stadheim for medalist honors. "I played pretty good," Matheson said. "I started off and birdied the first two holes that I played. I played pretty good on the back.
WORTHINGTON -- Every time Southwest Christian's Nicholas Pfeifle and Worthington's Travis Pedersen face each other, the competition is always fierce. "Every meet we have our eyes on each other because we can really compete against each other," Pedersen said. "We always run really good times when we run against each other." Each runner finished with a trio of first place finishes, but it was Pfeifle's Eagles that edged Pedersen's Trojans 163.5 to 161 for the team title Thursday at the Southwestern United Invitational.
WORTHINGTON -- It's amazing what a difference a year can make. A year ago, I was finishing my college career and looking forward to getting a jump start on my new life in the real world. Now, fast forward to this year. Sunday night, a long way removed from my days of being a Wartburg student, I found myself at the Mr. and Miss Basketball presentation, sitting in Cody Schilling's corner. As I sat there in anticipation of what was to come, I began to think about the first time I heard about Cody. I had just finished the fall season and had begun to work toward basketball season.