State softball: E/SWC to play for third; PA to play for consolation title
NORTH MANKATO -- Edgerton/Southwest Christian went 1-1 on the first day of the two-day Minnesota state softball tournament here at Caswell Park in North Mankato. And Pipestone Area also went 1-1.
But E/SWC will play for third place today at Caswell Park and Pipestone Area will play for the consolation championship.
Edgerton/Southwest Christian was a 3-1 winner in eight innings over Red Lake Falls in its first game of the Class A tournament. In the semifinals, top-seeded Nicollet beat E/SWC 4-1 behind a remarkable pitching performance from the Raiders' Marah Hulke. E/SWC will take on Randolph Friday at 11 a.m. for third place.
In the Class AA tournament, Pipestone Area lost to top-seeded Proctor 7-6 in its first game Thursday, then defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 5-4 in the consolation bracket. Pipestone Area will play Le Sueur-Henderson for the consolation crown Friday morning at 9 a.m.
Fifth-seeded Edgerton/Southwest Christian’s ace pitcher, Paris Van Dyke, fired a six-hitter at fourth-seeded Red Lake Falls and didn’t allow an earned run. She hurled the complete eight innings and struck out nine batters while walking no one.
The Flying Dutchmen scored twice in the top of the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Ana Veldkamp had three hits for E/SWC and teammates Alyda VandeGriend and Makenna Moss both had two.
Bella Amiot took the loss for Red Lake Falls in a complete-game performance.
In the Dutchmen's game against Nicollet, the Raiders' Marah Hulke tied a state tournament record by striking out 20 E/SWC batters. She struck out the first 11 hitters of the game and had a perfect game going until Van Dyke managed a two-out single in the fourth inning. E/SWC had just two hits in the contest.
E/SWC 100 000 02 -- 3-8-1
Red Lake Falls 000 010 00 -- 1-6-0
In two tight ball games, the Arrows split.
In the first game against Proctor, the Rails scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, on four hits, to overtake their opponents. They had 14 hits in all against two PA pitchers, Maria Moeller who went four innings and Kyla Hubbling who went two.
Pipestone Area led 6-2 in the third inning but was unable to score after that.
Hubbling went 2-for-4 at the plate.
In the consolation semifinals, it was Pipestone Area that stole a one-run victory over St. Cloud Cathedral. Marli Taubert and Brynn Manzey each had two hits for the winners and teammate Melody Remund had two RBIs, both on sacrifice flies.
Moeller was the winning pitcher. She went the full seven innings, walking one and striking out two.
Ella Voit took the loss.
Pipestone Area 204 000 0 -- 6-6-2
Proctor 200 210 2 -- 7-14-3
St. Cloud Cathedral 010 030 0 -- 4-7-5
Pipestone Area 101 030 x -- 5-9-0