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Pipestone Area gets fourth in state AA softball tournament

For a while, the third-place game in the 2021 Class AA state girls fast-pitch softball tournament was looking pretty good for the Pipestone Area Arrows, but a late rally by Annandale led to an 11-7 Cardinals victory.

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Pipestone Area Brynn Manzey (20) celebrates two runs brought in by Kyla Hubbling (14) and Nicole Pals (12) during section AA Third Place game against Annandale Wednesday morning at Caswell Park, North Mankato 06 16 21. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

NORTH MANKATO -- For a while, the third-place game in the 2021 Class AA state girls fast-pitch softball tournament was looking pretty good for the Pipestone Area Arrows, but a late rally by Annandale led to an 11-7 Cardinals victory.

Pipestone scored three runs in the top of the first inning at Caswell Park in North Mankato against Annandale starting pitcher Paige Fasching Wednesday morning. Through four innings, the Arrows held a 6-4 lead.

After that, the Arrows’ fortunes changed. Annandale scored five times in the fifth and added two in the sixth to cause separation.

Pipestone Area, a winner over second-seeded Maple Lake in the first round of the tournament on Tuesday and a loser to St. Charles in the semifinals, finished its season at 26-5.

Fourth place in the state is a season to be proud of, of course. The Arrows had to climb out of the consolation bracket of the Section 3AA tourney to earn this year’s state tournament trip, and they played at Caswell this week as an unseeded team.

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In PA’s three-run first, MacKenzie Manderscheid led off with a double, Kyla Hubbling also had a double in the inning, and Melody Remund had a single. There were two Annandale errors.

With two runs in the third, Annandale, the No. 5 seed, tied the score at 4-4, then fell behind by two after a two-run Pipestone Area fourth. Annandale collected three hits in the five-run fifth, took advantage of one PA error and a passed ball, and stole five bases.

Fasching went the distance in the pitcher’s circle. Jessa Reinert started and went five innings for the Arrows, and Toryn Woelber finished up.

Manderscheid was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Pipestone Area hitters. Woelber went 2-for-4.

Annandale cleanup hitter Josie Jerpseth was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

R-H-E

Pipestone Area 310 200 1 -- 7 12 2

Annandale 202 052 x -- 11 12 3

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