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Prep softball roundup: KMS one game away from state tournament

COTTONWOOD — The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg softball team is a game away from its fourth-straight trip to the Class A Minnesota State Tournament after two wins Saturday in the Section 3A playoffs.

The Saints, now 20-0, await the losers bracket winner for a 4 p.m. Thursday game in Cottonwood.

Murray County Central and Wabasso square off at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Cottonwood, with the winner playing Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian at 5:30 p.m. The winner must beat KMS twice to advance.

Against MCC, the Saints took an 8-2 lead into the seventh inning but barely held off MCC’s five-run rally in the top of the seventh to win 8-7.

Winning pitcher Alison Krieger ran into trouble and Sam Gjerde came in to get the final two outs and the save.

Sadie Sulier 2-for-4 and Kalli Forsell and Andrea Olson both hit two-run doubles in KMS’s five-run fourth inning.

In Game Two, the Saints rebounded from a one-run deficit with four runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth of a 9-2 victory.

Forsell was 2-for-4 and hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning. She drove in five runs.

Krieger was 3-for-4 and Sulier was 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Gjerde got the win, working all seven innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out four.

Forsell had two doubles and a home run in the two games and drove in seven runs.

Game One

KMS 8, MCC 7

MCC..........................001 001 5 — 7 9 2 

KMS..........................102 500 x — 8 5 3 

HITTING – Murray County Central: Brooklyn Miller 3-3 2b, Kristi Bose 1-4 3b … KMS: Sadie Sulier 2-4, Kalli Forsell 1-3 2b rbi-2, Shelly Syverson 1-4, Andrea Olson 1-4 2b rbi-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — MCC: Bose (L) 6-5-8-7-8-5 … KMS: Alison Krieger (W) 6.1-9-7-5-1-4, Sam Gjerde 0.2-0-0-0-0-0

Game Two

KMS 9,

Edgerton/SWMC 2

KMS.........................000 440 1 — 9 10 1 

Edgerton.SWMC....010 001 0 — 2  9  3 

HITTING – KMS: Sam Gjerde 1-3, Sadie Sulier 2-4 rbi, Alison Krieger 3-4, Kalli Forsell 2-4 hr 2b rbi-5, Shelly Syverson 1-4 rbi, MiKaylie Hagen 1-3 … Edgerton/SWMC: Hope Veldecamp 3-4, Savana Tinkelberg 2-4 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — KMS: Gjerde (W) 7-9-2-1-1-4 … Edgerton/SWMC: Tiana Topp (L) 7-10-9-8-0-6

Springfield 4, BOLD 2

Molly Dunn limited BOLD to two hits and the Warriors were eliminated in a Section 3A losers bracket game on Saturday.

Lauren Kopel and Bailey Elbert had the Warriors’ hits and Kopel drove in a run.

BOLD.........................010 001 0 — 2 2 3 

Springfield.................000 022 x — 4 5 4 

HITTING – BOLD: Lauren Kopel 1-4 rbi, Bailey Elbert 1-3 … Springfield: Kelsey Platz 2-3 rbi r, Michaela Leonard 1-3 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — BOLD: Morgan Flann (L) 6-5-4-1-5-7 … Springfield: Molly Dunn (W) 7-2-2-0-4-11