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Prep softball roundup: Falcons soar past Upsala in 5A-West

GROVE CITY — Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City overcame a slow start to topple Upsala 11-4 in the first round of the Section 5A-West playoffs Tuesday.

The second-seeded Falcons (10-5) were trailing 3-1 after 4½ innings before erupted for six runs in the bottom half of the fifth. Ten Falcons visited the plate in the frame and Jacey Nelson recorded the only RBI hit. Kelsey Kramer scored on a groundout, Sydney Larson came home on a sacrifice fly and the other three runs in the inning scored on errors.

Larson also picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle, striking out nine to offset issuing nine walks in a complete-game performance, and was one of four Falcons to collect two hits at the plate.

Hannah Wilner and Nelson singled twice while Larson doubled and tripled, and Natasha Dallmann supplied a double and single. Katie Moore drove in two runs.

ACGC will face today’s No. 3 Osakis/No. 6 Kimball winner at 3 p.m. today at the Minnewaska Area High School fields.

ACGC 11, Upsala 4

Upsala  120 001 0 —  4   6  3

ACGC    011 063 x — 11 13 1

HITTING – Upsala: Kaelin Smieja 2-3 2-2b rbi, Kaitlyn Welinksi 2-2 2b … ACGC: Hannah Wilner 2-5 rbi, Sydney Larson 2-4 2b 3b, Natasha Dallmann 2-3 2b rbi, Jacey Nelson 2-4 rbi, Hanna Lang 2-3, Erica Melbie 1-3 2b rbi, Katie Moore 1-1 2-rbi, Payton Wilner 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Upsala: Kristin Wuebkers (L) 5.1-12-11-8-6-0, Mirrah Prokott 0.2-1-0-0-1-0 … ACGC: Larson (W) 7-6-4-3-9-9



Marshall 12, YME 3

The Section 3AA-North’s No. 2 seed proved worthy of its ranking, scoring early and then often in a victory over the Sting on Tuesday in Marshall.

Marshall pounded out 15 hits and scored in every inning but the fifth.

Callie Graff and Brooke Louwagie both had three hits for the Tigers.

The Sting’s Ariel Sakry and Kassie Struffert managed the team’s two hits.

In the other quarterfinal game, Morris/Chokio-Alberta defeated Benson/Hancock 10-0, and the Tigers then beat Marshall 20-5.

YME      000 300 0 —   3  2  3 

Marshall              141 501 x — 12 15 0 

HITTING – YME: Ariel Sakry 1-4, Kassie Struffert 1-2 r, Allie Zieske 0-3 r, Allison Carmany r … Marshall: Callie Graff 3-5 2b, Brooke Louwagie 3-4 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – YME: LP-Allie Trudel … Marshall: WP-Graff