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Prep Softball: Waska takes two-game lead in WC South race

GLENWOOD -- A pair of four-run innings helped Minnewaska top Paynesville 9-6 and take a two-game lead in the West Central South Conference softball race on Tuesday.

It was the 14th straight win for the Lakers (10-1, 14-1) since a season-opening 7-4 loss at Paynesville.

The Bulldogs (8-3, 11-3) pushed across three runs in the first inning. Jessica Klein and Kayla Lieser had RBI hits in the frame.

The Lakers then scored four in the second to take the lead for good, 4-3, sparked by Laura Paulson's three-run double.

It went to 8-3 after Minnewaska got three runs on wild pitches and another on an RBI hit by Hailey Blair.

Klein's three-run homer made it 8-6 after five, but the Lakers added an insurance run in the sixth.

Alicia Pfeninger went the first four innings for the win and Laura Paulson the last three for the save.

Waska 9, Paynesville 6

Paynesville 300 030 0 -- 6 11 3

Minnewaska 040 401 x -- 9 11 0

HITTING - Paynesville: Kenzie Meagher 2-for-4, 2 runs; Whitney Woehler 2-for-3, 2 runs; Jessica Klein 2-for-3, 3-run HR, 4 rbi; Kayla Leiser 3-for-4, 4 rbi; Keely Meagher 1-for-3; Jasmine Kalkbrenner 1-for-3 ... Minnewaska: Laura Paulson 2-for-3, 2 2b's, 3 rbi; Jordan Stalker 2-for-4, rbi; Cassie Jacobs 1-for-4, Breanna Jenks 1-for-4, Alicia Pfeninger 2-fore-4, Aundrea Johnson 1-for-3, Brooke Falk 1-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Hailey Blair 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: Whitney Woehler (L) 5-11-9-6-2-3, name not available 1-0-0-0-0-1 ... Minnewaska: Alicia Pfeninger (W) 4-8-3-3-0-2, Laura Paulson (S) 3-3-3-3-0-3

Game One


Christy Gass set Yellow Medicine East down on a four-hitter with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Hillary Mages, Alex Ebnet and Brittany Nissen each had a double for BOLD.

Ashley Magnuson had two hits for the Sting. Allie Trudel took the loss.

YME 000 000 0 -- 0 4 4

BOLD 002 023 x -- 7 7 1

HITTING - Yellow Medicine East: Ashley Magnuson 2-for-3, Steph Larson 1-for-3, Aimee Johnson 1-for-3 ... BOLD: Brenna Holwerda 1-for-3, rbi; Christy Gass 1-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Hillary Mages 2-for-3, 2b; Alex Ebnet 1-for-3, 2b; Brittany Nissen 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Taylor Ebnet 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Yellow Medicine East: Allie Trudel (L) 6-7-7-5-3-3 ... BOLD: Christy Gass (W) 7-4-0-0-1-7

Game Two

BOLD 15, YME 3

BOLD (8-2, 9-5) piled up 18 hits, four by Hilary Mages and three by Alex Ebnet, who doubled twice and knocked in three runs.

Christy Gass threw a five-hitter this time with one walk and 11 strikeouts.

Aimee Johnson had two hits for YME (3-9, 6-9).

BOLD 023 106 3 -- 15 18 3

YME 200 010 0 -- 3 5 3

HITTING - Yellow Medicine East: Aimee Johnson 2-for-4, Lauren Trudel 1-for-4, Livi Jeseritz 1-for-2, 2b, rbi; Ashley Magnuson 1-for-3 ... BOLD: Brenna Holwerda 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Christy Gass 2-for-5, Brittany Dahlk 2-for-5, Hillary Mages 4-for-5, rbi; Alex Ebnet 3-for-5, 2 2b's, 3 rbi; Brittany Nissen 2-for-5, 3 rbi; Jasmine Ervin 1-for-5, rbi; Taylor Ebnet 2-for-4, rbi; Sarah Honzay 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Yellow Medicine East: Ashley Magnuson (L) 6Zc-16-14-12-3-2, Allie Trudel Xc-2-1-1-0-1 ... BOLD: Christy Gass (W) 7-5-3-2-1-11

Benson/Hancock 4, Morris Area 2

Benson/Hancock (5-7, 6-9) scored twice in the top of the seventh to overtake the Tigers (4-4, 7-5).

With one out in the seventh, Julia Ahrndt got things going for thr Brave/Owls with a single. She advanced to third on a passed ball and a single by Datrianna Jenson, and scored on a single by Emily Rajewsky. Jenson scored on a passed ball.

Taylor Semler went the distance on a two-hitter for the win. She walked one and struck out six.

Brennan Hagen and Sara Rajewsky had two hits each for Benson/Hancock.

Sara Beyer was 2-for-3 with a solo homer for Morris.

Benson/Han. 002 000 2 -- 4 9 1

Morris 000 101 0 -- 2 2 1

HITTING - Benson/Hancock: Brennan Hagen 2-for-3; Mallory Jensen 1-for-3; Sara Rajewksy 2-for-3; Emily Rajewsky 1-for-4, rbi; Datrianna Jenson 1-for-3; Deb Reardon 1-for-4; Julia Ahrndt 1-for-4 ... Morris: Sara Beyer 2-for-3, solo HR, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Benson/Hancock: Taylor Semler (W) 7-2-2-1-1-6 ... Morris: Kelsey Amundson (L) 7-9-4-3-2-4

Wright County

Annandale 10, Litchfield 0

Steph Dougherty had three of the four hits, including a double, for Litchfield (0-11, 1-13). Brenna Johnson had the other hit.

The Cardinals improved to 8-4, 10-4).

Litchfield 000 00 -- 0 4 4

Annandale 112 06 -- 10 9 0

HITTING - Litchfield: Brenna Johnson 1-for-2, Steph Dougherty 3-for-3, 2b ... Annandale: Kalthoff 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Litchfield: Lizzi Johnson (L) 4Xc-9-10-8-2-2 ... Annandale: Brooke Ahsmachen (W) 5-4-0-0-3-8