SAUK CENTRE -- Erica Olson singled home Alicia Pfeninger with the eventual winning run with two outs in the top of the sixth inning as Minnewaska blanked Sauk Centre 1-0 in a non-conference softball game Monday.
Kali Cordes spun a three-hitter with seven strikeouts for the win, outdueling Amber Denny, who also hurled a three-hitter.
With one out in the sixth, Pfeninger singled to left-center and advanced to second when the left fielder booted the ball. With two outs, Olson singled down the third-base line to plate Pfeninger.
Minnewaska is now 8-1.
Minnewaska 1, Sauk Centre 0
Minnewaska 000 001 0 -- 1 3 0
Sauk Centre 000 000 0 -- 0 3 1
HITTING - New London-Spicer: Alicia Pfeninger 1-for-2; Erica Olson 1-for-3, rbi; Amy Chan 1-0for-3 .... Sauk Centre: Amanda Zenzen 1-for-2; Mary Wessell 2-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minnewaska: Kali Cordes (W) 7-3-0-0-2-7 .... Sauk Centre: Amber Denny (L) 7-3-1-1-2-5
Litchfield 9, NL-Spicer 8
The Dragons chased across eight runs in the bottom of the first but had to hold on to scratch out their first win.
Brenna Johnson, Lizzie Johnson, Chrystal Maidl (making her first varsity start) and Laura Willson each lashed RBI singles and Megan Lundin a two-run double for an 8-2 lead.
But the Wildcats fought back. Two runs cut the Dragons' lead to 9-8 with runners at first and third when catcher Kim Farmer threw out a Wildcat runner at second trying to steal for the third out.
Lizzie Johnson allowed five hits with five walks and nine strikeouts for the win.
Relief pitcher Krista Olson shut down the Dragons on one run (unearned) over the last 5Zc innings.
New London-Spicer 240 002 0 -- 8 5 3
Litchfield 801 000 x -- 9 8 2
HITTING - New London-Spicer: Megan Bergeson 1-for-4, 3 runs; Jenna Moritz 2-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Karli Wendlandt 1-for-3, rbi; Mahle Roth 1-for-4 .... Litchfield: Megan Lundin 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Ali Kraft 1-for-2, Brenna Johnson 1-for-4, rbi; Lizzie Johnson 1-for-4, rbi; Ashley Krug 2-for-4, rbi; Chrystal Maidl 1-for-3, rbi; Laura Willson 1-for-3, 2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- New London-Spicer: Bridget Bergeson (L) Zc-7-8-8-0-0, Krista Olson 5Xc-1-1-0-2-2 .... Litchfield: Lizzie Johnson (W) 7-5-8-8-5-9
Minn. Valley Lutheran 8, Buffalo Lake-Hector 1
Abby Kretsch spun a two-hitter to lead Minnesota Valley Lutheran.
BL-Hector 100 000 0 -- 1 2 1
MV Lutheran 200 321 x -- 8 9 0
HITTING - Buffalo Lake-Hector: Erin Daak 1-for-3; Tori Swanson 1-for-3 .... Minnesota Valley Lutheran: Marcie Flygare 2-for-2, rbi; Katie Kretsch 2-for-3, rbi; Anna Biedenbender 2-for-3; Liz Goetzke 1-for-2, 2 runs, 3b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Buffalo Lake-Hector: Brittany Lade (L) 6-9-8-*-8-4 .... Minnesota Valley Lutheran: Abby Kretsch (W) 7-2-1-*-8-0