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Softball: Swoboda, Willmar strike down Saints

Jordyn Swoboda of Willmar is greeted by her Cardinals teammates at home plate after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against KMS on Thursday in Murdock. Curt Hogg / Tribune1 / 8
Willmar catcher Addie Erickson and pitcher Lexi Kopacek celebrate the final out of Thursday's 6-4 win over KMS in Murdock. Curt Hogg / Tribune2 / 8
KMS pitcher Sam Gjerde delivers a pitch during Thursday's game against Willmar in Murdock. Curt Hogg / Tribune3 / 8
Willmar pitcher Lexi Kopacek winds up to deliver a pitch during Thursday's game against KMS in Murdock. Curt Hogg / Tribune4 / 8
Mallory Rudningen of KMS watched a pitch into the glove of Willmar catcher Addie Erickson on Thursday afternoon in Murdock. Curt Hogg / Tribune5 / 8
KMS pitcher Sam Gjerde delivers a pitch during Thursday's game against Willmar in Murdock. Curt Hogg / Tribune6 / 8
Jordyn Swoboda of Willmar is greeted by her Cardinals teammates at home plate after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against KMS on Thursday in Murdock. Curt Hogg / Tribune7 / 8
Willmar catcher Addie Erickson and pitcher Lexi Kopacek celebrate the final out of Thursday's 6-4 win over KMS in Murdock. Curt Hogg / Tribune8 / 8

MURDOCK - It was business as usual for Jordyn Swoboda on Thursday afternoon, hitting her eighth home run of the season to lead Willmar to a 6-4 win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Thursday afternoon.

Swoboda's solo homer was part of a four-run outburst from the Cardinals over the first two innings against Saints ace Sam Gjerde. Hannah Johnson laced two doubles, driving in Swoboda in both the first and fifth innings.

Lexi Kopacek picked up the win for the Cardinals, as the lefty allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out four batters over seven innings. Gjerde allowed five runs on six hits and struck out seven for KMS.

"They grouped their hits and we didn't," Saints head coach Eileen Suter said. "We had enough of them, but that's the way the game goes."

KMS threatened in the seventh inning, but an out on the bases ended the game and sent the Cardinals into celebration. Tori Everson smacked a two-out RBI triple off Kopacek and attempted to score on an overthrow, but third baseman Emma Culshaw's throw to catcher Addie Erickson was in time.

KMS added two runs in the third on Mallory Rudningen's single and drew within 4-3 in the fourth when Hannah Rosenboom scored on an error.

Willmar closes its regular season today on the road against Alexandria at 5 p.m.

KMS wrapped up its regular season and will play the winner of Lakeview vs. Renville County West at 3 p.m. in Murdock in Section 3A North play on Tuesday.

"It was good to have this kind of competition now know what we need to do when we face teams like BOLD and Edgerton, teams that really throw hard," Suter said.

Willmar 6, KMS 4

Willmar 310 020 0-6 6 2

KMS 002 100 1-4 9 1

Hitting - Willmar: Jordyn Swoboda 2-3 hr rbi, Hannah Johnson 2-3 2b-2 rbi-2, Karina Rice 1-3 rbi-2, Lexi Kopacek 1-3 rbi ... KMS: Katie Krieger 2-4, Alexis Lamecker 2-4, Tori Everson 1-4 3b, Mallory Rudningen 2-2 rbi-2, Molly Jeppesen 1-3, Morgan Lesteberg 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Kopacek (W) 7-9-4-4-2-4 ... KMS: Sam Gjerde (L) 7-6-5-5-1-7

ACGC 22, PACT 4

A 12-run sixth inning put away ACGC's victory over PACT Charter in the first round of the Section 4A playoffs on Thursday at Central Park in Ramsey.

Maree Lee had three hits and drove in six runs and Taryn Reinke had two hits and drove in five runs. Riley Wilner had two hits, walked three times and scored five runs.

The Falcons improved to 6-14 while PACT finished 10-11.

ACGC, the No. 10 seed, plays second-seed Kimball at 10 a.m. Saturday in Ramsey. Double elimination starts in the second round so, win or lose, the Falcons play again at noon Saturday.

ACGC 011 44(12)-22 14 2

PACT 011 101-4 4 3

Hitting - ACGC: Maree Lee 3-4 2b rbi-6, Micayla Hobson 1-4 2b rbi, Riley Wilner 2-2 2b bb-3 r-5, Madison Denton 1-3 rbi-2, Shauna Wehking 2-4 rbi, Miranda Lang 1-2 rbi, Taryn Reinke 2-4 rbi-5, Sydni Hoffmann 1-2 rbi-2, Lindsey Minnick 1-1 rbi ... PACT: Alyia Johnston 3-4 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - ACGC: Reinke (W) 6-4-4-2-6-1 ... PACT: Becca Matlon (L) 5.2-10-12-8-5-1, Johnston 0.1-4-10-10-6-0

Minnewaska 15, RCW 0

Minnewaska jumped out to a big lead early and downed Renville County West on Thursday in Glenwood.

The Lakers' Jessica Lanoue had two hits, drove in four runs and scored twice, and Bailey Stewart also had two hits, drove in three and scored two runs.

Morgan Hess worked all four innings, allowing just one hit and walking one while striking out three.

The Lakers open Section Section 3AA play as the No. 2 North seed. They play No. 7 Yellow Medicine East at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Glenwood.

RCW 000 0-0 1 2

Minnewaska 371 4-15 11 1

Hitting - Renville County West: Emma Rice 1-2 ... Minnewaska: Morgan Hess 1-2 rbi r-2, Bayley Pooler 1-3 r, Carley Stewart 1-1 r-2, Bailey Stewart 2-3 rbi-3 r-2, Ashley Blom 1-2, Shayla Hollenbeck 1-1 r, Jessica Lanoue 2-3 rbi-4 r-2, Julia Hoffmann 1-1 rbi r, Rachel Erickson 1-4 rbi-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - RCW: Rice (L) 1.1-4-10-8-6-2, Haen 2.1-7-5-4-5-0 ... Minnewaska: Hess (W) 4-1-0-0-1-3

Morris/CA 11, B-E 4

Morris/Chokio-Alberta broke the game open with a seven-run sixth inning as Piper Gibson produced one of the bigger offensive performances in the area this season at Brandon-Evansville on Thursday.

Gibson was 5-for-5 with a home run, three doubles and four runs batted in.

MCA's Jenna Howden doubled in two runs and Jen Solvie had a hit and an RBI. Liz Dietz worked all seven innings to get the win.

Morris/CA plays a West Central Conference doubleheader at BOLD at 4 p.m. today. The Tigers can clinch the conference championship with a win in one of the two games.

If BOLD wins both games, the Tigers would tie Minnewaska for the league title.

Morris/CA 300 017 0-11 11 2

B-E 102 001 0-4 4 4

Hitting - Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Piper Gibson 5-5 hr 2b-3 rbi-4, Jen Solvie 1-1 rbi, Jenna Howden 1-1 2b rbi, Liz Dietz 1-5, Ashley Solvie 1-5, Emma Bowman 1-2, Nicole Solvie 1-4 ... Brandon-Evansville: Morgan Stelzer 1-4 2b, Carrigan Okerlund 1-4 2b

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Morris/CA: Dietz (W) 7-4-4-3-3-6 ... B-E: Sadie Roers (L)

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