Prep softball: ACGC eliminated from 5A-West
GLENWOOD — Two close games for Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Friday didn’t go the Falcons’ way as they fell 6-5 to Eden Valley-Watkins and 15-14 to Osakis to get knocked out of the Section 5A-West playoffs.
The Falcons started the day sporting an 11-5 record after winning their first two playoff games by a combined score of 18-5. The day started well for ACGC, but top-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins outscored ACGC 5-1 in the sixth and seventh innings to win the sub-section title.
The loss dropped the No. 2-seeded Falcons into the loser’s bracket. Again, the game started out well for the Falcons as they bolted out to a 7-3 lead after two innings of play. But an eight-run fourth doomed ACGC and allowed Osakis to stay alive in the playoffs.
Peyton Wilner homered in both games and Sydney Larson supplied seven hits on the day for ACGC.
EV-Watkins 6, ACGC 5
Peyton Wilner led off the ACGC fifth with a solo home run and later had an RBI single in the sixth to give her team a short-lived 5-1 lead. The Eagles proceeded to score three times in the bottom half of the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Larson drove in Hannah Wilner twice with a groundout in the first and a single in the fifth. Natasha Dallmann doubled in a run in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie for ACGC.
ACGC 100 121 0 — 5 9 2
EVW 100 003 2 — 6 9 2
HITTING – ACGC: Sydney Larson 3-4 2b 2-rbi, Peyton Wilner 3-3 solo hr 2-rbi, Hannah Wilner 1-4 2b 2-runs, Natasha Dallmann 1-4 2b rbi, Jacey Nelson 1-3 2b … EVW: Baylee Lahr 2-2, Brooke Stang 2-3 rbi, Briana Plantenberg 2-3, Mickael Lies 3-3 2b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – ACGC: Larson (L) 6.1-9-6-4-1-1 … EVW: Lahr (W) 7-9-5-4-1-2
Osakis 15, ACGC 14
Larson’s two-run homer in the first and solo home runs from Peyton Wilner leading off the second and back-to-back blasts in the seventh from Erica Melbie and Dallmann weren’t enough for ACGC. The teams combined for 41 hits with nine players combining to pile up all 20 hits for the Falcons.
Hannah Wilner was 5-for-5, Larson 4-for-5 and Mikayla Holm 3-for-5 with Larson delivering three RBI.
Osakis’ first eight batters got a hit in the fourth en route to producing eight runs on a total of 10 hits in the frame.
ACGC 340 005 2 — 14 20 2
Osakis 212 802 x — 15 21 4
HITTING – ACGC: H. Wilner 5-5 2-runs, Larson 4-5 2b 2-run hr 3-rbi 3-runs, Mikayla Holm 3-5 2b rbi 2-runs, Dallmann 2-5 solo hr 2-rbi 2-runs, P. Wilner 2-4 solo hr 2-rbi, Erica Melbie 1-5 solo hr 2-rbi 2-runs, Nelson 1-5, Hanna Lang 1-4 2b rbi, Kelsey Kramer 1-4 … Osakis: Lauren Silbernick 3-5 2b, Rachelle Rajdl 3-5 2b rbi, Danielle Chisholm 4-5 2-2b 4-rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – ACGC: Larson (L) 6-21-15-13-2-1 … Osakis: Silbernick (W) 7-20-14-9-0-2