State Softball: Pipestone, Edgerton-Southwest Christian both come up short
Tournament play was at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
NORTH MANKATO — Morgan Pap and Paris Van Dyke hit home runs, but it wasn’t quite enough on Friday as the Edgerton-Southwest Christian girls softball team ended its season with a 6-3 loss to Randolph in the third-place game of the Class 1A state tournament.
Meanwhile, Pipestone Area came up a little short in a 6-5 loss to LeSueur-Henderson in the consolation finals of the Class 2A state tournament at Caswell Park.
Randolph, which finished 22-5, scored four unearned runs thanks to four Edgerton-Southwest Christian errors in the 1A third-place game.
Van Dyke and Pap smacked back-to-back solo homers in the fourth inning as E-SWC battled back from a 3-0 deficit. But Randolph added on with two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh. Winning pitcher Carter Raymond struck out 11.
Pap had two hits for Edgerton-Southwest Christian. Makenna Moss also had a single for coach Andrew Fleischman’s team.
Edgerton-Southwest Christian, which was making its eighth straight state tournament appearance, received a brilliant eight-inning pitching performance from Van Dyke on Thursday as the tournament began in a 3-1 victory over Red Lake Falls. Van Dyke struck out nine and walked only one.
Edgerton-SWC fell 4-1 to Nicollet in Thursday night’s semifinals.
Pipestone (16-11) led 4-2 in the fifth inning before LeSueur-Henderson scored three runs to take control. The Arrows and coach Troy Bouman were making their 13th state tournament appearance since 2003.
Melody Remund led Pipestone’s five-hit attack with two singles and an RBI. Kyla Hubbling and Toryn Woelber also had hits and RBIs for the Arrows, while Marli Taubert also hit safely.
Brynn Biedscheid blasted a homerun for LeSueur-Henderson (22-4).
On Thursday, Pipestone opened 2A state-tourney play with a 7-6 loss to Proctor. Later on Thursday night, the Arrows bounced back with a 5-4 triumph over St. Cloud Cathedral.
In the 2A state championship game on Friday, Chatfield defeated Proctor 3-2. In the 1A state championship game, Nicollet defeated Moose Lake-Willow River 3-2.
Pipestone Area 030 010 1 — 5 5 4
LeSueur-Henderson 110 030 1 — 6 8 4
Randolph 000 302 1 — 6 7 0
Edgerton-Southwest Christian 000 200 1 — 3 4 4