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Prep Softball: Minnewaska moves into first-place tie

Tribune Staff Report

ALBANY -- Allyssa Engfer knocked in four runs and Julie Helander went 4-for-4 Wednesday to help Minnewaska hand Albany its first loss as the Lakers pulled out a 6-5 West Central North Conference win in eight innings to extend their winning streak to eight.

Both teams now have one loss in the six-team conference as Minnewaska (7-1, 13-2) avenged a 12-7 loss to the Huskies (5-1, 9-1) on April 12 in Glenwood.

A three-run fourth put the Lakers ahead 4-2, but Albany tied it in the bottom half of the frame. Three scoreless innings followed until both teams struck in the eighth.

Mady Phillips led off the Minnewaska eighth with a single before advancing to third base on Helander's fourth hit of the game. Bridget Opdahl was then inserted into the game as a pinch runner for Helander and shortly later the junior stole second.

Engfer then brought Phillips and Opdahl home with a two-out double.

The Huskies got one run back in the home half when Karli Persson scored on Heather Nierenhausen's single, but Phillips then induced a 5-3 groundout to end the game and earn a complete-game win in the pitcher's circle.

Albany outhit the Lakers 13-12. Engfer finished with three hits and Courtney Schmidt supplied Minnewaska with two singles and an RBI.

Minnewaska 6, Albany 5

Minnewaska 010 300 02 -- 6 12 3

Albany 200 200 01 -- 5 13 2

HITTING - Minnewaska: Kaylyn Oberg 1-for-4; Mady Phillips 1-for-4; Kaylee Jacobs 1-for-4; Julie Helander 4-for-4, 2b; Courtney Schmidt 2-for-4, rbi; Allyssa Engfer 3-for-4, 2 2b's, 4 rbi ... Albany: Hannah Navratil 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Alyssa Stangler 2-for-4, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minnewaska: Mady Phillips (W) 8-13-5-3-0-2 ... Albany: Karli Persson (L) 8-12-6-4-0-9