Prep Softball Roundup: Lakers nearly upset, Paynesville cruises in Section 6AA-West

Minnewaska needed a two-run sixth inning to keep its season alive Tuesday as the top-seeded Lakers edged Wadena-Deer Creek 3-1 in the first round of the Section 6AA-West playoffs.

Minnewaska needed a two-run sixth inning to keep its season alive Tuesday as the top-seeded Lakers edged Wadena-Deer Creek 3-1 in the first round of the Section 6AA-West playoffs.

While its West Central Conference rival sweated it out, No. 2 Paynesville drubbed Staples-Motley 19-3 in five innings Tuesday to also advance to the semifinals.

Minnewaska will take on No. 5 Sauk Centre and Paynesville plays No. 3 Osakis in the semifinals today at 3:30 p.m. at Minnewaska High School in Glenwood. The Lakers and Mainstreeters split a doubleheader earlier in the season, while Paynesville beat Osakis 7-1 on April 27.

Minnewaska 3, Wadena-DC 1

Morgan Hess tossed seven strong innings, allowing one earned run and five hits as Minnewaska survived Wadena-Deer Creek’s upset bid in the Section 6AA-West opener on Tuesday in Glenwood.


The No. 8-seeded Wolverines scored in the first inning and maintained the lead until the Lakers tied the game in the fourth. Minnewaska then scored twice in the sixth to take control and give Hess the support she needed to earn her first postseason win.

Morgan Majerus was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Bayley Pooler scored two runs for the Lakers.

W-DC    100 000 0 - 1 5 1

Minnewaska      000 102 x - 3 6 2

HITTING – Wadena-Deer Creek: Casey Volkman 2-3 r … Minnewaska: Morgan Hess 1-3 r, Bayley Pooler 2-3 r-2, Rachel Bakko 1-2, Morgan Majerus 2-3 rbi-2 Ashley Bakko 0-2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Wadena-Deer Creek: Morgan Zeise 6-6-3-3-0-2 … Minnewaska: Morgan Hess 7-5-1-1-0-2

Paynesville 19, Staples-Motley 3

Kayla Schaefer hit a three-run home run and also picked up the win as Paynesville knocked off Staples-Motley in the opening round of the Section 6AA-West playoffs on Tuesday in Paynesville.


Allie Stanger was 3-for-3, drove in two runs and scored three, Ashley Eisenbrun doubled in two runs and Hannah Lange was 3-for-3 and scored three runs.

Staples-Motley 111 00 -  3   3  2

Paynesville         580 6x - 19 12 3

HITTING – Staples-Motley: Quinn Uhlmann 1-3 rbi r, Lisa Kossan 1-3 … Paynesville: Lexi Skoglund 1-2 2b rbi-2 r-3 bb-3, Emma Stevens 1-4 rbi r-3, Kayla Schaefer 1-2 hr rbi-3 r-3 bb-2, Allie Stanger 3-3 rbi-2 r-3, Brooke Caldwell 1-3 rbi-2 r-3, Ashley Eisenbraun 1-4 2b rbi-2, Hannah Lange 3-4 r-3, Halle Johnson 1-2 rbi-2 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Staples-Motley: Carly Smith (L) 1.1-5-10-9-5-1 … Paynesville: Schaefer (W) 5-3-3-1-2-7

Section 5A-West

Eden Valley-Watkins 10, ACGC 0

Eden Valley-Watkins’ Brooke Stang drove in four runs, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning, to bounce Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City from the Section 5A winners’ bracket.


Hannah Wilner had two hits, and Rylie Wilner was 1-for-3 with a double for the Falcons.

ACGC    000 000 -  0  4 3

EVW      420 202 - 10 8 2

HITTING – ACGC: Hannah Wilner 2-3, Maree Lee 1-3, Rylie Wilner 1-3 2b … EVW: Brooke Stang 3-4 2b 2-run HR rbi-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - ACGC: Taryn Reinke (L) 5.1-8-10-8-3-4 … EVW: Kallie Plantenberg (W) 6-4-0-0-2-5

Browerville 9, ACGC 3

Browerville ended ACGC’s season, beating the Falcons in the losers’ bracket Tuesday night in Glenwood.

ACGC’s Katie Moore had two hits, and Payton Wilner had two hits and an RBI.


The Falcons finish their season 8-11 overall.

ACGC    012 000 0 - 3 10 5

Browerville         123 014 x - 9  8  3

HITTING – ACGC: Rylee Wilner 3-4, Katie Moore 2-4 2b, Payton Wilner 2-4 rbi, Hannah Wilner 1-4, Maree Lee 1-4, Shauna Wehking 1-4 rbi … Browerville: Megan Riedel 2-3 2b rbi-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - ACGC: Taryn Reinke (L) 2.1-4-4-4-4-0; Tori Hayunga 3.2-4-5-0-0-0 … Browerville: Makenna Hegseth (W) 7-10-3-3-1-4

Section 3A-North

RCW 6, Lakeview 5

A five-run sixth inning propelled Renville County West past its Camden Conference rival in the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday in Danube.


Brooke Engstrom was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Steph Wersal added a triple for the Jaguars. Malerie Thompson and Analisa Zaske also had an RBI for RCW.

Lakeview             100 013 0 - 5 6 3

RCW      000 105 x - 6 8 3

HITTING – Lakeview: Katie Timm 2-4 rbi, Brooklyn Peltier 2-4 … Renville County West: Carli Krogman 1-4, Brittany Harazin 1-4, Steph Wersal 1-4 3b, Brooke Engstrom 2-3 rbi, Kaylee Bratsch 1-3, Malerie Thompson 1-3 rbi, Analisa Zaske 1-3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Lakeview: Sadie Stelter (L) 6-8-6-4-2-5 … RCW: Cassidy Fransen (W) 7-6-5-2-3-7


Analisa Zaske hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning as Renville County West defeated Lac qui Parle Valley in the third round of the playoffs on Tuesday.

Jaguars’ starting pitcher Cassidy Fransen tossed seven strong innings, striking out seven and giving up six hits.


Kelsea Lund was 2-for-4 with a double for the Eagles.

Renville County West takes on Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian on Saturday in the winner’s bracket semifinal round at 12:30 p.m. in Cottonwood.

LQPV     000 100 0 - 1 6 1

RCW      000 001 1 - 2 7 1

HITTING – LQPV: Kelsea Lund 2-4 2b, Morgan Croatt 1-3, Maddie Jensen 1-3, Sarah Halldorson 1-3, Ally Jensen 1-3… Renville County West: Brittany Harazin 1-3, Alexis Bakker 1-3, Steph Wersal 1-3 2b rbi, Brooke Engstrom 1-3, Malerie Thompson 2-3, Cassidy Fransen 1-3 Analisa Zaske 0-3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - LQPV: Halldorson (L) 6-2-1-7-1-3 … RCW:  Fransen (W) 7-6-1-0-1-7


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