Prep Softball: KMS, Morris win twice in 3A
Top-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg weathered a pair of close games in Montevideo to advance to the Section 3A bracket semifinals Tuesday.
The Fighting Saints held off upset-minded Wheaton 5-2 in its opener, then disposed of Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross 3-1 in the second round.
KMS will now play Murray County Central at 11 a.m. Saturday in Raymond. Wabasso and Morris meet in the other winner's bracket game, also at 11 a.m.
Morris also went 2-0 on the first day, beating Dawson-Boyd 8-1 and MACCRAY 8-4.
MACCRAY won its opener, 12-5 over Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley.
First round MACCRAY 12, Clinton-GB 5
Moranda Zimmer belted a solo homer in the third inning and Brandi Bodin, Ashley Forstrom and Caylee Hagemeyer drove in two runs each for the Wolverines.
Alicia Koenen went the distance and allowed 10 hits and four earned runs for the win. She walked none and struck out seven.
Clinton-GB 000 003 2 -- 5 10 2
MACCRAY 002 028 x -- 12 14 2
HITTING - Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley: Shelby Johnsrud 2-for-4, 3b, rbi; Kirsten Karsky 3-for-4, 2 runs ... MACCRAY: Brandi Bodin 3-for-4, 2 2b's, 2 rbi; Steph Tulibaski 1-for-1, 3 rbi; Ashley Forstrom 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Caylee Hagemeyer 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Alicia Koenen 1-for-4; Ashley Trulock 3-for-4; Crystal Stavne 1-for-2; Moranda Zimmer 2-for-2, solo HR, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley: Kirsten Karskey (L) 5-10-7-7-0-1, Lacey Gilsdorf 1-4-5-5-1-1 ... MACCRAY: Alicia Koenen (W) 7-10-5-4-0-7
KMS 5, Wheaton 2
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg led 4-0 after three before Haley Doll drove in two runs for Wheaton on a single down the right-field line.
Sam Dunn brushed that off to finish with a four-hitter as the temperature hit 99 degrees in Montevideo. She walked one and fanned 10.
Amy Neal tripled in the sixth leading off but was stranded. Nikki Petersen went 2-for-2 and Briana Baker singled and had two RBI.
Wheaton 000 200 0 -- 2 4 1
KMS 121 100 x -- 5 8 1
HITTING - Wheaton: Lisa Poole 1-for-3, McKinzie Russell 1-for-3, 2b; Haley Doll 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Tracie Boehmlehner 1-for-3 ... Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Nikki Pedersen 2-for-2, Amy Neal 2-for-3, 3b, rbi; Britta Diem 1-for-3, rbi; Briana Baker 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Sarah Carlson 1-for-3, rbi; Bailey Carlson 1-for-4
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Wheaton: Abby Shaw (L) 6-8-5-5-5-5 ... Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Sam Dunn (W) 7-4-2-2-1-10
CAHN 8, RCW 4
Renville County West pinch-hitter Alyssa Davis hit a bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth to pull the Jaguars within a run of the lead, 5-4.
But Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross answered with three runs, scoring on a windblown fly to deep left in the bottom of the sixth.
Nicole Gillespie led the Spartans (13-9) with two doubles and a triple to drive in three runs.
RCW's No. 9 hitter Madison Schaub went 2-for-2 and scored the Jaguars' first run in the third.
RCW 001 030 0 -- 4 6 3
Chokio-Alb/HN 030 203 x -- 8 8 0
HITTING - Renville County West: Emma Sharp 1-for-3, Morgan Elliot 1-for-3; Alyssa Davis 1-for-2, 2b, 3 rbi; Amanda Schultz 1-for-3, Madison Schaub 2-for-2 ... Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross: Nicole Gillespie 3-for-3, 2 2b's, 3b, 3 rbi; Nicole Dailey 1-for-3, 3b, rbi; Amanda Holslin 1-for-2, 2b ... xxxxx
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Renville County West: Amanda Schultz (L) 6-8-8-5-2-11... Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross: Kelsey DeCamp (W) 7-6-4-4-5-10
Morris 8, Dawson-Boyd 1
Kelsey Amundson pitched a one-hitter for the Tigers, striking out four and walking four.
Sara Beyer and Mary Rentz had two hits each to lead Morris.
Morris led 3-1 before erupting for five runs in the fifth inning.
Mariah Kuhlman had the only hit for Dawson-Boyd.
Dawson-Boyd 000 100 0 -- 1 1 3
Morris 002 150 x -- 8 7 0
HITTING - Dawson-Boyd: Mariah Kuhlman 1-for-3 ... Morris: Dani Schultz 1-for-4; Mary Rentz 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Sara Beyer 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Kelsey Greenwaldt 1-for-1, rbi; Kelsey Amundson 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Dawson-Boyd: Kendra Lindblad (L) 6-7-8-4-3-6 ... Morris: Kelsey Amundson (W) 7-1-1-1-4-4
Morris 8, MACCRAY 4
Kelsey Greenwaldt slugged a three-run homer in the fifth inning to give Morris the lead for good. Mary Rentz and Heather Gagner had three hits apiece.
Mackenzie Weatherly picked up the complete-game win. She was touched for 12 hits and two earned runs, while walking two and fanning six.
Ashley Forstrom, Caylee Hagemeyer, Alicia Koenen, Ashley Trulock and Moranda Zimmer had two hits each for the Wolverines.
Morris 100 052 0 -- 8 14 2
MACCRAY 011 000 2 -- 4 12 4
HITTING - Morris: Dani Schultz 1-for-4, 2 runs; Haley Henrichs 2-for-5; Mary Rentz 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Heather Gagner 3-for-4; Kelsey Greenwaldt 2-for-4, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Mackenzie Weatherly 1-for-4; Alissa Melberg 1-for-4; Shadow Olson 1-for-3 ... MACCRAY: Steph Tulibaski 1-for-2; Ashley Forstrom 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2b; Caylee Hagemeyer 2-for-4, rbi; Alicia Koenen 2-for-4; Ashley Trulock 2-for-4; Moranda Zimmer 2-for-4, rbi; Crystal Stavne 1-for-2, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Morris: Mackenzie Weatherly (W) 7-12-4-2-2-6 ... MACCRAY: Bethany Hultgren (L) 4Xc-10-6-3-0-1, Ashley Trulock 1-4-2-2-0-0, Alicia Koenen 1Zc-0-0-0-2-2
KMS 3, Chokio-Alb./HN 1
KMS catcher Demi Young drilled a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth to account for all the Saints' runs.
Sam Dunn finished with a two-hitter with one walk and 10 strikeouts. The Spartan run was unearned.
Erin Haglund got a pair of hits but the Saints (18-2) left eight stranded.
Choki-Alb./HN 000 001 0 -- 1 2 2
KMS 020 010 x -- 3 10 1
HITTING - Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross: Nicole Gillespie 1-for-3, rbi; Kelsey Decamp 1-for-2 ... HomeKerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Demi Young 2-for-3, 3 rbi, 2-run HR, solo HR; Britta Diem 2-for-3, Erin Haglund 2-for-2, Amy Neal 1-for-3, Nikki Pedersen 1-for-3, Sarah Carlson 1-for-3, Bailey Carlson 1-for-4
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross: Katelyn Blackwelder (L) 6-10-3-3-1-3 ... Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Sam Dunn (W) 7-2-1-0-1-10
RCW 6, Wheaton 1
Amanda Schultz pitched a six-hitter with three walks and three strikeouts to keep the season running for the Jaguars (9-9).
Renville County West leadoff hitter Emma Sharpe went 3-for-3 and scored three runs. Priscilla Steffl and Ashley Peterson each had a pair of hits.
Wheaton finished 4-18. McKinzie Russell had two hits.
Wheaton 001 000 0 -- 1 6 2
RCW 103 110 x -- 6 8 0
HITTING - Wheaton: McKinzie Russell 2-for-3, Hailey Doll 1-for-3, Vicki Thiesen 1-for-3, Lisa Poole 1-for-4 ... Renville County West: Emma Sharpe 3-for-3, 3 runs; Priscilla Steffl 2-for-4, 2 runs, rbi; Ashley Peterson 2-for-3, 3b, 2 rbi; Amanda Schultz 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Wheaton: Abby Straw (L) 6-8-6-5-4-4 ... Renville County West: Amanda Schultz (W) 7-6-1-1-3-3