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Prep Softball: Dietz hits, pitches Tigers to victory

Morris/Chokio-Alberta's Kenzie Hockel leans to avoid the tag of Benson catcher Abby Lundebrek but was called out at the plate during Thursday's game in Benson. Tom Larson / Tribune1 / 3
Morris/Chokio-Alberta second baseman Riley Decker scoops up a ground ball during the Tigers' game at Benson on Thursday. Tom Larson / Tribune2 / 3
Morris/Chokio-Alberta's Katelyn Wehking connects during the Tigers' game at Benson on Thursday. Tom Larson / Tribune 3 / 3

BENSON — Liz Dietz hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, and she picked up the pitching victory as Morris/Chokio-Alberta defeated Benson 16-1 in four innings on Thursday.

Dietz had two hits and she allowed just an unearned run on three hits in three innings.

The Tigers' Mackenzie Hockel and Carissa Oberg both had two hits and two RBIs, LaRae Kram had two hits and scored twice and Emma Bowman had two RBIs and scored twice.

Benson's Ellie Moesenthin doubled and Abby Lundebrek had a hit and drove in a run.

Benson plays Montevideo at 5 p.m. Friday in Benson.

MCA 16,

Benson 1

MCA 233 8-16 11 1

Benson 001 0-1 4 6

Hitting - Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Bailey Marti 0-1 rbi r, Emma Bowman 0-1 rbi-2 r-2, Liz Dietz 2-4 hr rbi-6 r, Jen Solvie 1-3 rbi r, Mackenzie Hockel 2-2 rbi-2 r-2, Katelyn Wehking 1-2 rbi r, LaRae Kram 2-3 r-2, Carissa Oberg 2-4 rbi-2 r, Riley Decker 1-1 rbi r-2 ... Benson: Hannah Andrews 1-2, Ellie Moesenthin 1-1 2b, Abby Lundebrek 1-2 rbi, Maranda Wieber 1-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Dietz (W) 3-4-1-0-1-3, Wehking 1-0-0-0-1-2 ... Benson: Zoe Doscher 3.1-9-15-12-14-1, Marissa Connelly 0.1-1-1-1-1-1, Calley Miller 0.1-2-0-0-0-0

Willmar 4,

Marshall 2

Capitalizing on fielding and pitching woes by Marshall, Willmar had a three-run bottom of the third inning that made the difference in a 4-2 non-conference win on Thursday.

Up 1-0 after a bases-loaded walk by Callie Slagter in the second, the Cardinals tacked on three more when Mackenzie Jones scored on an error by the catcher, Edyn Saulsbury scored on a passed ball and Slagter drew another bases-loaded walk.

The visiting Tigers got on the board in the top of the sixth when a fielding error allowed Lenei Estrada to reach home. Then in the seventh, Aubrey Bjella hit a single that let Brenna Springborg score from second. But with runners on second and third base, Jones got out of the jam by striking out Kayla Polejewski and coaxing a fly ball for the final out.

Jones went the distance for Willmar, striking out 14 with no walks while improving her record to 4-0.

Marshall 000 001 1-2 3 1

Willmar 013 000 0-4 2 3

Hitting - Marshall: Stats not available ... Willmar: Edyn Saulsbury 1-3 r sb, Adelyda Perez 1-2, Callie Slagter 0-1 rbi-2, Mackenzie Jones 0-2 r, Sadie Raitz 0-2 r, Lily Reed 0-1 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Marshall: Stats not available ... Willmar: Jones (W) 7-3-2-1-0-14

Sauk Centre 4,


Despite an 11-strikeout effort from pitcher Lindsey Minnick, Sauk Centre scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to sneak away with a 4-2 West Central Conference win over the host Falcons on Thursday.

Jordyn Mortensen led ACGC's offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, followed by a 2-for-2, one RBI night from Jade Bierwerth.

Sauk Centre 100 000 3-4 11 0

ACGC 000 200 0-2 5 4

Hitting - Sauk Centre: McKinley Weierf 3-3 2b rbi, Shelby Otte 2-3 ... ACGC: Jordyn Mortensen 2-3 2b rbi, Jade Bierwerth 2-2 rbi, Pailey Wilner 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sauk Centre: Maddy Nelson (W) 7-5-2-2-0-6 ... ACGC: Lindsey Minnick 7-11-4-3-1-11

Melrose 8,


BOLD jumped on the board early but Melrose managed to chip away, leading to an 8-3 Lady Dutch victory in West Central Conference play Thursday.

Morgan Schmitz, Jordan Johnson and Devyn O'Halloran all had two hits for the Warriors, with Schmitz and Johnson both hitting for doubles and scoring a run apiece in the loss.

BOLD 300 000 0-3 9 3

Melrose 210 131 x-8 8 1

Hitting - BOLD: Morgan Schmitz 2-4 2b r, Jordan Johnson 2-3 2b r, Devyn O'Halloran 2-4 r, Caylee Weber 1-2 rbi, Kya Young 2-3 rbi, Megan Ridler 0-4 rbi ... Melrose: Ashley Rademacher 3-4 2b 3b-2 r-3 rbi, Maddie Rosenberger 2-2 r-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: Kendall Mack (L) 6-8-8-5-4-5 ... Melrose: Lexi Kvistad 1-4-3-3-1-1, Makiya Luetmer (W) 6-5-0-0-1-8

Minnewaska 12

Montevideo 8

In a high-scoring West Central Conference contest, Minnewaska was able to leave Montevideo with a 12-8 victory on Thursday.

Adriana Vigil went 4-for-4 for the Lakers with three runs and an RBI. Elizabeth Murker finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and was the winning pitcher after tossing four innings of relief.

Lexi Brockmoller went 2-for-3 for the Thunder Hawks with three runs and an RBI via a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the third inning.

Minnewaska 041 412 0-12 15 2

Montevideo 203 012 0-8 13 1

Hitting - Minnewaska: Adriana Vigil 4-4 2b r-3 rbi, Sara Geiser 2-4 r-2 rbi-2, Michele Stai 2-3 r rbi, Sydney Metz 2-4 r rbi, Kayla Koob 2-2 2b rbi-2, Elizabeth Murker 2-4 r-2 rbi-2, Alyssa Erickson 1-3 r, Avery Hoeper 0-4 r, Olivia Richards 0-4 rbi-2 ... Montevideo: Lexi Brockmoller 2-3 hr r-3 rbi, Sydney Zindel 3-4 2b-3 rbi-2, Kaylee Pauling 2-3 r rbi, Megan Anderson 1-3 rbi-2, Maddie Kilibarda 2-4 rbi, Alissa Eickhoff 3-4 rbi, Tegan Marty 0-4 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Koob 3-8-5-3-0-1, Murker (W) 4-5-3-3-4-3 ... Montevideo: Kilibarda (L) 3.2-12-9-8-1-2, Anderson 3-3-3-1-0-2

Game 1

D-B 4, Lakeview 3

Mary Bothun struck out 13, hit a double, scored a run and drove in another in Dawson-Boyd's 4-3 victory against Lakeview in Game 1 of a Camden Conference doubleheader.

Lakeview 000 003 0-3 5 4

Dawson-Boyd 101 020 x-4 7 4

Hitting - Lakeview: N/A ... Dawson-Boyd: Jenna Wyum 1-3 r-2 sb-2, Mary Bothun 1-1 2b r rbi sb, Kaia Jordhal 2-3 rbi, Olivia Stratmoen 1-3 rbi, Amelia Olson 1-3, Brieten Stein 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Lakeview: N/A ... Dawson-Boyd: Bothun (W) 7-5-3-2-3-13

Game 2

D-B 6, Lakeview 2

A four-run first inning was the tone setter Dawson-Boyd needed as they swept Lakeview with a 6-2 Game 2 victory on Thursday.

The Blackjacks' first-inning runs came on an error, a stolen base by Mary Bothun and back-to-back RBI singles from Olivia Stratmoen and Morgan Wente.

Dawson-Boyd 400 020 0-6 4 2

Lakeview 020 000 0-2 4 6

Hitting - Dawson-Boyd: Karoline Dahl 1-4 r, Brieten Stein 1-4 r, Olivia Stratmoen 1-3 r rbi sb, Morgan Wente 1-2 rbi, Mary Bothun 0-3 r sb ... Lakeview: N/A

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Dawson-Boyd: Bothun (W) 7-4-2-0-3-7 ... Lakeview: N/A

Game 1

KMS 8,


Maret Gjerde was 4-for-4 and drove in two runs and Morgan Lesteberg had three hits as KMS defeated MACCRAY in the first game of a Camden Conference doubleheader on Thursday.

KMS' Haylee Johnson had a hit and drove in two runs. Claire Hauge allowed one earned run and struck out nine to get the win.

MACCRAY's Jaimi Heida had two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run.

MACCRAY 000 101 0-2 6 4

KMS 400 040 x-8 13 0

Hitting - MACCRAY: Kate Hultgren 1-3 r, Sage Mecker 1-3 r, Jaimi Heida 2-2 3b rbi, Abi Pieper 1-3, Ali Koenen 1-3 ... KMS: Katie Krieger 1-4, Maret Gjerde 4-4 2b rbi-2, Savanna Hagen 1-4, Mallory Rudningen 1-4 r-2, Lexy Swanson 2-4, Morgan Lesteberg 3-4 2b rbi r-2, Haylee Johnson 1-4 rbi-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - MACCRAY: Heida (L) 6-12-8-4-1-4 ... KMS: Claire Hauge (W) 7-6-2-1-0-9

Game 2

KMS 4,


Katie Krieger fired a six-hitter as KMS wrapped up a sweep of a doubleheader over MACCRAY on Thursday.

KMS' Mallory Rudningen tripled in two runs and Maret Gjerde and Annika Smith both had two hits.

MACCRAY's Sage Mecker doubled and Ashley Levitz-Mickels pitched four scoreless innings in relief.

KMS 220 000 0-4 7 2

MACCRAY 000 000 0-0 6 1

Hitting - KMS: Katie Krieger 1-3 2b r, Maret Gjerde 2-4 2b rbi r, Mallory Rudningen 1-4 3b rbi-2, Annika Smith 2-3 r, Haylee Johnson 1-3 r ... MACCRAY: Sage Mecker 1-3 2b, Jaimi Heida 2-3, Abi Pieper 1-2, Ashley Levitz-Mickels 1-3, Kaytlyn Handt 1-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - KMS: Krieger (W) 7-6-0-0-1-4 ... MACCRAY: Hultgren (L) 3-7-4-4-1-0, Levitz-Mickels 4-0-0-0-2-0

Game 1

YME 15,


Yansi Flores and Tiana Rupp each had three hits for Yellow Medicine East, pushing the Sting to a convincing 15-3 five-inning Game 1 victory over Renville County West in Camden Conference play Thursday.

Flores went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run while Rupp was also 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Cherish Hammer finished 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.

Lauren Allex finished 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Jaguars' offense.

YME 411 54-15 10 2

RCW 110 01- 3 7 2

Hitting - Yellow Medicine East: Yansi Flores 3-3 r rbi-3, Hannah Stark 1-2 2b r-3 rbi, Tiana Rupp 3-3 r-3 rbi-2, Cherish Hammer 2-4 r rbi-2, Brynn Chervery 1-3 r-2, Megan Nordaune 0-3 r, Kaitlin Wohlman 0-1 r-2, Aria Peters 0-0 r ... Renville County West: Anna garza 1-1 rbi, Lauren Allex 2-3 rbi, Jade Garza 1-2, Leslie Gonzalez 1-2 r, Holly Bratsch 1-2, Jennifer Bratsch 1-1 r rbi, Vanessa Savig 0-3 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Yellow Medicine East: Emily Cobb (W) 5-7-3-1-1-5 ... Renville County West: Kaylee Flom (L) 5-10-15-12-10-6

Game 2

YME 16,


Down 6-2 after the top of the fifth inning, Yellow Medicine East exploded for seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to beat Renville County West 16-6 and complete the Camden Conference sweep.

Megan Nordaune, Hannah Stark and Kaitlin Wohlman all finished with two hits for the Sting while Cherish Hammer was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs, three RBIs and a stolen base.

Vanessa Savig was 2-for-4 for the Jaguars with three runs scored and a stolen base.

RCW 310 110- 6 9 2

YME 020 077-16 10 3

Hitting - Renville County West: Vanessa Savig 2-4 r-3 sb, Alyssa Ashburn 2-4 r rbi-2, Pam Winzenburg 2-3 r rbi sb-2, Leslie Gonzalez 1-3 2b r, Holly Bratsch 1-3, Anna Garza 1-3 rbi ... Yellow Medicine East: Cherish Hammer 1-3 2b r-2 rbi-3 sb, Megan Nordaune 2-4 2b r-2 rbi-2 sb, Hannah Stark 2-4 2b r-3 rbi-2 sb, Tiana Rupp 1-3 r-2 rbi sb, Lauren McCosh 1-2 r-2 sb-2, Kaitlin Wohlman 2-2 r-2 sb, Jasmyne Jacobson 1-3 2b r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Renville County West: Bratsch (L) 4.2-7-7-5-1-6, Holly Flom 0.1-1-5-3-4-0, Kaylee Flom 0.2-2-4-4-0-0 ... Yellow Medicine East: Jenna Weir 2-4-4-1-1-0, Emily Cobb

Game 1

Litchfield 22,

D-C 6

With 19 hits and home runs from Sydney McCann, Avery Stilwell and Katelyn Cruze, Litchfield blew out Dassel-Cokato for a 22-6 six-inning Wright County Conference win on Thursday.

McCann had a monster Game 1, going 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, seven RBIs and a pair of runs.

Litchfield 404 527-22 19 2

D-C 510 000-6 8 5

Hitting - Litchfield: Janessa Olson 3-6 r-2 rbi-2, Sydney Braaten 2-4 r-3 rbi-3, Sydney McCann 3-5 2b hr r-2 rbi-7, Avery Stilwell 3-4 hr r-2 rbi-3, Katelyn Cruze 1-3 hr r-2 rbi-3, Neriah Lara 2-2 r-2, Jocie Larson 4-4 r-4, Kristin Foley 1-5 2b r rbi-3 Alyssa Olson 0-1 r-2, Emma DeWolf 0-4 r-2 ... D-C: N/A

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (W) 6-8-6-5-2-6 ... D-C: N/A

Game 2

Litchfield 12,

D-C 11

Pushed into extra innings, Katelyn Cruze secured a Wright County Conference sweep for Litchfield Thursday with a walkoff single that scored Sydney Braaten in a 12-11 Game 2 win against Dassel-Cokato.

Cruze finished the day 2-for-5 with an rbi and a pair of runs. Sydney McCann continued her impressive day, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, two runs and an RBI.

D-C 213 500 00-11 12 3

Litchfield 002 232 21-12 18 5

Hitting - D-C: N/A ... Litchfield: Janessa Olson 2-6 r-2 rbi, Sydney Braaten 3-6 r-2 rbi, Avery Stilwell 1-4 r rbi, Katelyn Cruze 2-5 r-2 rbi, Sydney McCann 3-5 2b-2 3b r-2 rbi, Emma DeWolf 2-5 hr r rbi-3, Kristin Foley 1-5 rbi, Neriah Lara 2-3 r, Jocie Larson 2-3 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - D-C: N/A ... Litchfield: Larson 3-6-6-2-0-1, Taylor Draeger (W) 5-6-5-5-3-1

Rockford 14,


Rockford scored 10 runs in the first three innings and downed New London-Spicer in a Wright County Conference game on Thursday.

NLS' Sam Johnson had two hits and Mackenzie Rich and Ashlyn Leindecker had the Wildcats' other hits.

NLS plays host to Litchfield at 4:30 p.m. Friday in New London

NLS 103 200-4 4 4

Rockford 541 202-14 9 4

Hitting - New London-Spicer: Sam Johnson 2-3, Mackenzie Rich 1-3, Ashlyn Leindecker 1-2 ... Rockford: Ellie Sather 2-3 rbi, Makayla Graunke 2-4 3b rbi-6

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Leindecker (L) 3-6-10-7-3-0, Nyla Johnson 2.1-3-4-3-2-0 ... Rockford: Graunke (W) 6-4-4-0-0-8

Game 1

HLWW 18,


Haile Amland had three hits and got the win in the pitching circle as Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted defeated BBE on Thursday.

BBE's Ally Gruber had a hit, a walk and scored two runs.



Hitting - Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted: Alexis Decker 3-3 r-3, Haile Amland 3-3 2b r-3 ... BBE: Ally Gruber 1-3 r-2 bb sb, Josie Knutson 1-2 2b, Kylie Winter 1-2, Abby Tensen 1-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - HLWW: Amland (W) 4-4-3-na-3-2 ... BBE: Cassandra Tensen (L) 2-4-8-5-4-na

Game 2



Kenzie Dingmann doubled twice and Emily Kern also doubled in BBE's loss to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Thursday.



Hitting - BBE: Emily Kern 1-2 2b r sb, Kenzie Dingmann 2-3 2b-2, Nicole Thonvold 1-4 rbi, Kiara Quade 1-3 r ... HLWW: Elsie Luchsinger 1-2 r, Matty Maschel 1-3 2b r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BBE: NA ... HLWW: Bree Decker (W)

Game 1

Kimball 11,

Paynesville 4

With home runs from Justice Boyer and Madelaine Gustafson, Kimball secured the Game 1 win over Paynesville in a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader, 11-4.

Harley Kuntsleben finished 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Bulldogs while Angie Gehrke was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Paynesville 112 000 0-4 3 5

Kimball 102 080 x-11 11 1

Hitting - Paynesville: Angie Gehrke 1-4 r, Harley Kuntsleben 2-2 rbi ... Kimball: Justice Boyer 1-4 hr r rbi-2, Madelaine Gustafson 2-5 hr r-3 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Abby Schaefer (L) 4.2-11-11-8-2-3, Megan Utsch 1.1-5-0-0-1-3 ... Kimball: Rachel Utecht (W) 7-3-4-4-5-4

Game 2

Kimball 7,

Paynesville 5

The game-tying run was on base, but Paynesville was unable to extend Game 2 of its Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader as Kimball completed the sweep Thursday with a 7-5 win.

Angie Gehrke finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs while Skylar Burg hit a two-run home run for the Bulldogs.

Kimball 000 220 3-7 9 1

Paynesville 200 012 0-5 9 3

Hitting - Kimball: Tori Harren 2-4 r rbi-2, Danielle Terwey-Lyrek 2-4 r-2 ... Paynesville: Abby Schaefer 2-4, Angie Gehrke 2-4 r-2, Skylar Burg 1-4 hr r-1 rbi-2, Olivia Haines 2-2 rbi, Megan Utsch 2-3 2b r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Kimball: Julia Zipoy (W) 7-9-5-5-4-5 ... Paynesville: M Utsch 3.2-2-2-2-3-3, Grace Utsch (L) 2.2-7-3-3-0-0, Schaefer 0.2-0-0-0-0-0