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Prep Softball: ACGC outslugs Kimball

GROVE CITY -- Erica Melbie's bases-clearing double in the fourth inning broke open a tight game and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City pounded out 16 hits as the Falcons outlasted Kimball 14-11 in the first round of the Section 5A-West playoffs Monday.

GROVE CITY -- Erica Melbie's bases-clearing double in the fourth inning broke open a tight game and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City pounded out 16 hits as the Falcons outlasted Kimball 14-11 in the first round of the Section 5A-West playoffs Monday.

The game started in the bottom of the fourth after Friday's schedule start was postponed due to rain. ACGC (9-9) manufactured four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to pull away.

The No. 3-seeded Falcons will play today at 5 p.m. at Minnewaska High School against No. 7 Upsala in the sub-section semifinals.

Hanna Lang and Jacey Nelson both had two run-scoring hits and Rachel Pankratz added a two-run triple for ACGC. Sydney Larson worked all seven innings to collect the win.

ACGC 14, Kimball 11

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Kimball 007 003 1 -- 11 9 1

ACGC 404 420 x -- 14 16 4

HITTING - Kimball: Stephanie Konz 2-for-5, 2b; Megan Garding 1-for-5, 2b, rbi ... Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Sydney Larson 2-for-3; Mikayla Holm 2-for-4; Paige Wilner 2-for-3, 2 2b's, rbi; Natasha Dallmann 2-for-3, rbi; Erica Melbie 3-for-4, 2b, 4 rbi; Hanna Lang 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Jacey Nelson 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Rachel Pankratz 1-for-4, 3b, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Kimball: Megan Libbesmeier (L) 6-16-14-13-3-5 ... Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Sydney Larson (W) 7-9-11-7-4-1

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