Prep Softball: Willmar sinks New Prague
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals scored seven runs in the third inning and went on to beat New Prague 12-7 in a non-conference softball game on Friday.
Willmar (4-3) had lost to New Prague 3-0 in the opening round of the sections last season in New Prague.
Willmar outhit the Trojans (3-7) 10-5.
Neither team was in top form. New Prague pitching issued 11 walks and also made three errors.
Willmar also struggled in the field with a season-high five errors.
New Prague's Rochelle Koehnen homered to center field in the top of the first inning for a 1-0 lead.
Addy Nelsen put Willmar in front 2-1 in the second inning with a sacrifice fly that brought home Casey Marcus.
Marcus singled twice and scored three runs.
Willmar's big inning started with a double by Laura Swartz. Marcus and Nelsen had RBI hits, but other runs scored on wild pitches, a bases-loaded walk, a fielder's choice and an infield error.
Heather Horning pitched the win. She allowed three hits and one earned run over five innings. Lindsay Atchison finished.
Willmar 12, New Prague 7
New Prague 100 200 4 -- 7 5 3
Willmar 127 020 x -- 12 10 5
HITTING - New Prague: Kelsey Mcfarland 2-for-4, 2 runs; Rochelle Koehnen 1-for-3, 2 runs, solo HR, rbi; Amber Hoffman 1-for-4; Katie Olson 1-for-4 ... Willmar: Addy Nelsen 2-for-2, 2 rbi; Casey Marcus 2-for-3, 3 runs, rbi; Heather Horning 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Sara Kallhoff 1-for-2, 2 runs, rbi; Laura Swartz 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Haley Hastad 1-for-5, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- New Prague: Brittany Watschke 21/3-6-7-7-5-0, Andrea Wick 32/3-3-5-2-6-8... Willmar: Heather Horning (W) 5-3-3-1-0-1, Lindsay Atchison 2-2-4-0-2-1