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Softball roundup: Minnewaska bows out against West Central Area

Prep softball report for Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Morris/CA advances in 3AA-North; Litchfield in elimination bracket

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Minnewaska senior Brenna Larson connects with the pitch during Section 3AA-North action against No. 4 WCA on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Holmberg Field in Morris.
Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times
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MORRIS — In a high-scoring 4-5 matchup, fourth-seeded West Central Area was able to thwart fifth-seeded Minnewaska to advance in the 3AA-North bracket on Tuesday.

The Lakers close out the season at 3-12.

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Minnewaska junior Leslie Murken takes off to second after taking a pitch to the head to reach first during a Section 3AA-North game against WCA on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 in Morris.
Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

Section 3AA-North

WCA 14, Minnewaska 13

Morris/CA 11, ACGC 1

Top-seeded Morris/Chokio-Alberta made it through the first round with a victory against eighth-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Morris.

The Falcons wrap up the season with a 2-17 record.

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Morris/CA 9, WCA 3

Top-seeded Morris/Chokio-Alberta remains in the winners’ bracket after knocking off No. 4 West Central Area at Morris.

The Tigers will face Pipestone in the next round at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Marshall Softball Complex. The Arrows are the No. 2 seed in the South sub-section.

Dassel-Cokato 12, Montevideo 0

Montevideo’s season came to an end as the seventh-seeded Thunder Hawks lost their opening-round game to No. 2 Dassel-Cokato in Cokato.

Montevideo closes out the season at 2-18.

Litchfield 10, NLS 0

Liv Holmgren and Karlee Prahl each had big games at the plate for third-seeded Litchfield in a first-round win over No. 6 New London-Spicer at Cokato.

Holmgren was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and an RBI for the Dragons. Prahl was also 3-for-4 with a double, driving in three runs and scoring another.

In the circle, Taylor Draeger got the five-inning victory with eight strikeouts and zero walks.

Sydney Fiest and Courtney Ronning each had hits for the Wildcats. Emily Ruter was pegged with the loss.

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NLS closes the year with a 2-16 record.

NLS               000   00-0   2   6
Litchfield      013   51-10   10   1
Hitting - NLS: Sydney Fiest 1-2, Courtney Ronning 1-2 … Litchfield: Liv Holmgren 3-4 2b r-3 rbi sb, Britney Prahl 1-4 r-2 rbi-2 sb, Izzy Pennertz 2-4 2b r rbi-2, Karlee Prahl 3-4 2b r rbi-3, Addi Marquardt 1-3 rbi, Anna Sorgatz 0-0 r, Ryanna Steinhaus 0-3 r sb, Cam Iverson 0-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - NLS: Emily Ruter (L) 4.2-10-10-3-2-2 … Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (W) 5-2-0-0-0-8

D-C 4, Litchfield 1

Dassel-Cokato’s Evelyn O’Brien struck out 12 and held Litchfield to two hits as the No. 2 Chargers advanced past the No. 3 Dragons in Cokato.

Madilynn Yager and Bailey Quern were both 2-for-3 with an RBI for D-C. Quern added a run.

Liv Holmgren and Grace Braaten each had hits for Litchfield. Taylor Draeger took the loss.

Litchfield will play Windom in the elimination bracket at 1 p.m. Saturday in Marshall. D-C will take on Luverne at 11 a.m. in the winners’ bracket.

Litchfield    001   000   0-1   2   3
D-C              210   001   x-4   6   0
Hitting - Litchfield: Liv Holmgren 1-3 rbi, Grace Braaten 1-2 r bb … Dassel-Cokato: Amy Kivisto 1-3 r, Madilynn Yager 2-3 rbi, Katelyn Rassat 1-3 r, Bailey Quern 2-3 r rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (L) 6-6-4-2-1-5 … Dassel-Cokato: Evelyn O’Brien (W) 7-2-1-0-3-12

Section 3AA-South

JCC 10, RCW/BOLD 0

Jackson County Central pitchers Mady and Hadley Wachal combined to throw a no-hitter as the third-seeded Huskies got a five-inning win over No. 6 Renville County West/BOLD at Pipestone.

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Mady got the win after striking out eight over three innings. Hadley picked up two strikeouts in two innings.

Caylee Weber took the loss for the Jaguars. The first-year RCW/BOLD co-op ends the season at 10-11.

In other Section 3AA-South play, second-seeded Pipestone beat No. 7 Redwood Valley 10-0. In the second round, Pipestone advanced with a 5-3 win over JCC.

RCW/BOLD    000   00-0   0   3
JCC                 240   4x-10   9   1
Hitting - RCW/BOLD: No hits … JCC: n/a
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - RCW/BOLD: Caylee Weber (L) 4-9-10-6-3-0 … JCC: Mady Wachal (W) 3-0-0-0-2-8, Hadley Wachal 2-0-0-0-3-2

Section 6AA

Pierz 10, Paynesville 0

Frankie Seelen threw a no-hitter for second-seeded Pierz in a second-round win over 10th-seeded Paynesville in Waite Park.

Seelan struck out eight while allowing three walks. Kendra Melby pushed the Pioneers’ offense, going 3-for-3 with five RBIs.

Maddy McNab was hit with the loss for the Bulldogs.

Paynesville    000   00-0   0   4
Pierz               303   22-10   11   0
Hitting - Paynesville: Kylie Pauls 0-1 bb, Kianna Roeske 0-1 bb, Arianna Messer 0-1 bb … Pierz: Kendra Melby 3-3 rbi-5
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Maddy McNab (L) 4-9-8-4-1-1, Messer 0-2-2-2-3-0 … Pierz: Frankie Seelen (W) 5-0-0-0-3-8

Sauk Centre 6, Paynesville 4

Sixth-seeded Sauk Centre put an end to 10th-seeded Paynesville’s season in a section elimination game at Waite Park.

Brenna Bick was the top hitter for the Mainstreeters, finishing 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Madeline Nelson got the complete-game victory.

For the Bulldogs, Mikayla Roberg was 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Kianna Roeske and Kianna Brooks were both 2-for-4.

The Bulldogs conclude the year at 11-11. It was the last game for four seniors, Roberg, Roeske, Paige Ludwig and Kaitlyn Gilk.

Paynesville       300   100   0-4   13   4
Sauk Centre      011   202   x-6   9   2
Hitting - Paynesville: Mikayla Roberg 4-4 r rbi, Kylie Pauls 1-4, Kianna Roeske 2-4 r, Kaydence Roeske 1-4 r rbi, Kianna Brooks 2-4 rbi, Maddy McNab 3b rbi, Jada Bellmont 1-3 2b r, Katie Good 1-3 … Sauk Centre: Brenna Bick 3-3 rbi-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: McNab (L) 6-9-6-2-4-2 … Sauk Centre: Madeline Nelson (W) 7-13-4-4-0-2

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Minnewaska senior Leah Hagen makes a catch in center field against No. 4 West Central Area during the first round of Section 3AA-North action on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Holmberg Field in Morris.
Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times
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Minnewaska senior Madalynn Meulebroeck connects on an RBI double to open the scoring for the Lakers against No. 4 WCA in Section 3AA action on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Holmberg Field in Morris.
Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times
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Laker coach Jason Weber talks to his team before Minnewaska bats against No. 4 WCA during Section 3AA-North action on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Holmberg Field in Morris.
Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times
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Minnewaska sophomore Grace Larson sends the ball through the infield during Section 3AA-North action against No. 4 WCA on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Holmberg Field in Morris.
Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times
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