WILLMAR - Willmar's Ashley Prahl drove in four runs and pitcher Mackenzie Jones helped her cause with three hits and three runs batted in as the Cardinals defeated Monticello 11-6 to open Section 5AAA play on Tuesday at Willmar High School.
Prahl hit a triple and a double and Makenna Hogan had two hits, including a double, drove in two runs and scored twice.
Jordyn Swoboda had two hits and scored three runs and Hannah Johnson had two hits, drove in a run and scored three times.
Jones withstood the Magic's three home run attack, limiting Monticello to five earned runs despite surrendering 12 hits. Jones struck out eight and didn't issue a walk.
The No. 3-seed Cardinals, now 16-6 overall, advanced to play No. 2 Becker (13-7) at 4 p.m. Thursday in Becker.
Monticello 011 011 2-6 12 2
Willmar 103 304 x-11 13 1
Hitting - Monticello: Faith Kopff 3-4 hr rbi r-3, Emma Blackstone 2-4 hr 2b rbi-3 r, Hailey Beilke 1-4 hr rbi r ... Willmar: Jordyn Swoboda 2-4 r-3, Makenna Hogan 2-3 2b rbi-2 r-2, Hannah Johnson 2-3 rbi r-3, Mackenzie Jones 3-3 2b rbi-3 r, Ashley Prahl 2-3 3b 2b rbi-4 r, Josie Muller 1-4, Edyn Saulsbury 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Monticello: Hailey Beilke (L) 5.2-12-11-10-3-2, Chloe Hinz 0.1-1-0-0-0-0 ... Willmar: Jones (W) 7-12-6-5-0-8