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Prep Softball: Tigers prevail in pitchers' duel

Willmar's Callie Slagter takes a swing at a pitch during Friday's non-conference game against Morris/CA at Willmar High School. Joe Brown / Tribune1 / 6
Willmar's Mackenzie Jones fires off a pitch during Friday's non-conference game against Morris/CA at Willmar High School. Joe Brown / Tribune2 / 6
Morris/CA's MacKenzie Hockel swings at a pitch during Friday's non-conference game against Willmar at Willmar High School. Joe Brown / Tribune3 / 6
Morris/CA's Liz Dietz (left) lunges forward to tag out Willmar's Angela Espinoza during Friday's non-conference game at Willmar High School. Joe Brown / Tribune4 / 6
Willmar second baseman Lily Reed gets under a fly ball for an out during Friday's non-conference game against Morris/CA at Willmar High School. Joe Brown / Tribune5 / 6
Morris/CA shortstop Bailey Marty makes a throw to first base during Friday's non-conference game against Willmar at Willmar High School. Joe Brown / Tribune 6 / 6

In the first two innings of Friday's non-conference game against Willmar, Morris/Chokio-Alberta had a runner in scoring position but couldn't get a tally on the scoreboard. But finally, in the fourth and fifth innings, the Tigers were able to capitalize on a pair of Willmar miscues to get the 2-1 road win.

With bases loaded in the top of the fourth, Morris/CA tied the game when an error on a Riley Decker grounder allowed Kenzie Hockel to score.

Then in the fifth, with two outs, a passed ball gave Bailey Marty the go-ahead to score what was ultimately the game-winning run.

LaRae Kram went 2-for-3 for the Tigers while Katelyn Wehking crushed a triple in the top of the second inning.

In the circle, Kenna Kehoe got the win after going six innings with one run on five hits and no walks with one strikeout. Liz Dietz pitched one inning of relief and got the save after giving up a hit with two strikeouts.

Mackenzie Jones took the loss despite another strong outing that saw the Cardinals sophomore strike out 12 with two runs, five hits and three walks allowed over seven innings.

Six Willmar players got a hit, all singles. The Cardinals lone run came in the second when Isabelle Kienholz, pinch running for Edyn Saulsbury, crossed home on a fielder's choice.

On Saturday, Willmar will travel to Barrett for a 1 p.m. game against West Central Area.

Morris/CA 2, Willmar 1

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Willmar 010 000 0-1 6 2

Hitting - Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Bailey Marty 0-2 r sb, Jen Solvie 1-3, Kenzie Hockel 1-3 r, LaRae Kram 2-3 sb, Katelyn Wehking 1-2 3b ... Willmar: Ashley Prahl 1-3, Mackenzie Jones 1-3, Edyn Saulsbury 1-3, Carlie Berskow 1-3, Adelyda Perez 1-2, Bentley Sjoberg 1-3, Isabelle Kienholz 0-0 r, Angela Espinoza 0-1 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Kenna Kehoe (W) 6-5-1-1-0-1, Liz Dietz (Sv) 1-1-0-0-0-2 ... Willmar: Jones (L) 7-5-2-0-3-12

NLS 5,

Montevideo 4

Mackenzie Rich singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and New London-Spicer held off Montevideo in the bottom of the inning to earn the win on Friday in Montevideo.

In the seventh, NLS' Sam Johnson singled, moved to third on Ava Kraemer's fielders choice and scored on Rich's line-drive single to centerfield.

Ashlyn Leindecker got the Wildcats out of the seventh after the Thunder Hawks scored to close within a run.

Johnson had two hits and drove in a run, and Leindecker also had two hits.

Montevideo's Lexi Brockmoller was 3-for-3 and Tegan Marty had a hit and drove in a run.

The Wildcats play at Annandale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

NLS 000 022 1-5 7 3

Montevideo 300 000 1-4 7 0

Hitting - New London-Spicer: Sam Johnson 2-3 rbi r, Ava Kraemer 1-3 r, Mackenzie Rich 1-3 rbi, Ashlyn Leindecker 2-4, Maddie Schiller 1-1 ... Montevideo: Noelle Sulflow 1-4 2b, Kenzie Hoidal 1-2, Lexi Brockmoller 3-3, Zola Olson 1-3, Tegan Marty 1-4 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Leindecker (W) 7-7-4-0-6-3 ... Montevideo: Megan Anderson 5-4-4-4-5-0, Maddie Kilibarda (L) 2-3-1-1-1-0

ACGC 8, Benson 2

Pailey Wilner and Lindsey Minnick each homered to power ACGC past Benson Friday night.

Shayna Hobson earned the complete game win, striking out six batters and allowing just two runs (one earned).

Maranda Wieber finished with three of Benson's eight hits, including a double.

ACGC 200 033 0-8 12 2

Benson 100 100 0-2 8 0

Hitting - ACGC: Nicole Whitcomb 3-5, Shayna Hobson 3-3 r-3, Pailey Wilner 2-3 hr sb rbi-2 r-3, Rachel Wilner 1-2 sb-2 r, Lindsey Minnick 1-3 hr rbi-2 r, Jordyn Mortensen 0-2 sb rbi, Brittney Schultz 0-4 rbi, Jade Bierwerth 2-4 sb rbi ... Benson: Maranda Wieber 3-4 2b r, Ellie Moesenthin 1-4 rbi, Abby Lundebrek 1-4, Kaitlyn Berreau 1-2, Zoe Doscher 2-3, Chloe Collins 0-0 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - ACGC: Hobson (W) 7-8-2-1-2-6 ... Benson: Zoe Doscher (L) 4-6-5-5-8-1, Bella Wolter 3-6-3-3-0-1

Game 1


Jaimi Heida went 5-for-5 with a double, triple, four runs scored and two RBIs to pace MACCRAY in a 15-1 win against Renville County West.

She also got the win from the pitching circle, allowing just two hits and one run (which was unearned).

MACCRAY 262 23-15 17 2

RCW 000 10-1 2 3

Hitting - Renville County West: Pam Winzenberg 1-2 r, Vanessa Savig 1-2 ... MACCRAY: Jaimi Heida 5-5 2b 3b r-4 rbi-2, Kate Hultgren 3-5 2b rbi-2 r-2, Abi Pieper 2-4 r-2, Olivia Naatjes 1-2 rbi, Ashley LEvitz-Nickels 1-3, Kaytlyn Handt 2-3 2b r-2, Jess Wellnitz 2-4 r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Renville County West: Kaylee Flom (L) 3-9-10-7-3-4, Holly Flom 2-8-5-2-0-1 ... MACCRAY: Heida (W) 4-2-1-0-2-2, Ali Koenen 1-0-0-0-1-1

Game 2


Five MACCRAY hits, including doubles by Jaimi Heida, Kate Hultgren and Ali Koenen resulted in a six-run frame as the Wolverines capped off the sweep of Renville County West in a 12-2 Game 2 win Friday.

Heidi was 2-for-3 with three runs while Koenen was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Hultgren was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and was the winning pitcher for the Wolverines after throwing all six innings.

The Jaguars' six hits were spread among six players. Jennifer Bratsch was 1-for-2 with two runs while Pam Winzenburg was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

RCW 001 010-2 6 3

MACCRAY 200 361-12 13 2

Hitting - MACCRAY: Jaimi Heida 2-3 2b r-3, Kate Hultgren 3-3 2b rbi-3, Abi Pieper 1-2 r-2, Ali Koenen 2-3 2b rbi-2, Ashley Levitz-Mickels 2-3 r-2, Gabby Randt 2-3 r, Jess Wellnitz 1-3 rbi-2 ... Renville County West: Jennifer Bratsch 1-2 r-2, Holly Bratsch 1-2, Pam Winzenburg 1-3 2b rbi, Haley Gustofson 1-3, Jade Garza 1-2, Lauren Allex 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - MACCRAY: Hultgren (W) 6-6-2-1-0-2 ... Renville County West: Holly Flom (L) 3-2-2-2-3-3, Kaylee Flom 3-11-10-7-5-1

Litchfield 9, EVW 3

Taylor Draeger struck out eight and allowed three runs (zero earned) in a big win for Litchfield.

The Dragons racked up 11 hits, including Avery Stilwell's home run, in their nine-run performance. Stilwell joined Janessa Olson, Emma DeWolf and Alyssa Olson with a multi-hit game.

EVW 000 030 0-3 6 6

Litchfield 204 120 x-9 11 4

Hitting - Eden Valley-Watkins: Halle Jansen 1-4 2b rbi-2 r... Litchfield: Janessa Olson 2-5 sb, Sydney Braaten 0-3 rbi r, Sydney McCann 2-4 sb-2 r-2, Avery Stilwell 2-3 hr rbi-2 r, Emma DeWolf 2-4 r, Katelyn Cruze 0-2 r, Neriah Lara 1-2 rbi, Kristin Foley 0-1 sb r-2, Alyssa Olson 2-3 rbi r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Eden Valley-Watkins: Emma Schultz (L) 6-11-9-5-5-3 ... Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (W) 7-6-3-0-1-8

RTR 11, YME 1

Kylea Baartman singled and tripled, scoring twice and earned the win against Yellow Medicine East in game one of a doubleheader.

Cherish Hammer, Emily Johnson and Emily Cobb each singled for the Sting.

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RTR 080 12-11 9 1

Hitting - Yellow Medicine East: Megan Nordaune 0-1 r, Cherish Hammer 1-2, Emily Johnson 1-2 rbi, Emily Cobb 1-2 ... Russell-Tyler-Ruthton: Kylea Baartman 2-4 3b rbi r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Yellow Medicine East: Emily Cobb (L) 4.1-9-11-2-2-2 ... Russell-Tyler-Ruthton: Baartman (W) 5-3-1-1-0-6

RTR 5, YME 2

Jasmyne Jacobson and Emily Cobb each finished with two hits for Yellow Medicine East but Russell-Tyler-Ruthton held the Sting off for a 5-2 win.

Maryn Johansen homered and Kya Alderson went 3-for-3 to pace the Knights.

Emily Cobb took the loss from the circle but allowed just two earned runs.

RTR 102 110 0-5 9 2

YME 000 200 0-2 6 4

Hitting - Russell-Tyler-Ruthton: K Alderson 3-3 2b rbi r, Maryn Johansen 1-4 hr rbi r ... Yellow Medicine East: Emily Cobb 2-4, Megan Nordaune 0-3 r, Cherish Hammer 1-3 r, Emily Johnson 1-3 sb rbi, Jasmyne Jacobson 2-3 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Russell-Tyler-Ruthton: Kylea Baartman (W) 7-6-2-0-1-5 ... Yellow Medicine East: Emily Cobb (L) 7-9-5-2-0-2

Redwood Valley 7, BOLD 4

Redwood Valley scored six runs in the sixth inning, led by a Hailey Mohr two-run home run to get past BOLD 7-4.

Morgan Schmitz had a strong day for the Warriors, going 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and a run scored as BOLD jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the fifth.

BOLD 001 030 0-4 5 6

RV 000 016 x-7 9 4

Hitting - BOLD: Jordan Johnson 0-2 rbi, Morgan Schmitz 3-3 2b rbi r, Devyn O'Halloran 1-4 r, Kya Young 1-3 rbi-2, Maura Hagen 0-3 r-2 ... Redwood Valley: AJ Guggisberg 2-3 2b rbi-3 r, Hailey Mohr 1-4 hr rbi-2 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: Kendall Mack (L) 6-9-7-0-2-4 ... Redwood Valley: Guggisberg (W) 7-5-4-0-2-5

Game 1

KMS 7,

D-B 2

KMS' Claire Hauge allowed an earned run and struck out seven in a complete-game performance against Dawson-Boyd on Friday in Murdock.

Lexy Swanson had two hits, including a two-run home run, and Maret Gjerde had two hits and drove in two runs.

Halie Nichols and Mallory Rudningen both had two hits and drove in runs and Annika Smith had three hits in four trips.

Alexis Breitenstein, Mary Bothun and Olivia Stratmoen all had two hits and Breitenstein and Bothun both drove in runs.

The Saints play a Camden Conference doubleheader against Lakeview at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

KMS 100 014 1-7 15 2

D-B 100 001 0-2 6 0

Hitting - KMS: Katie Krieger 2-4 3b 2b r-2, Maret Gjerde 2-3 rbi-2, Savanna Hagen 1-4, Mallory Rudningen 2-4 rbi r, Lexy Swanson 2-4 hr rbi-2 r-2, Annika Smith 3-4 r, Morgan Lesteberg 1-4 rbi, Halie Nichols 2-4 2b rbi r ... Dawson-Boyd: Alexis Breitenstein 2-4 2b rbi, Mary Bothun 2-4 2b-2 rbi, Olivia Stratmoen 2-4

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - KMS: Claire Hauge (W) 7-6-2-1-4-7 ... Dawson-Boyd: Bothun (L) 7-15-7-7-1-2

Game 2

KMS 15,

D-B 0

With a big game at the plate from Mallory Rudningen and a strong effort on the rubber from Katie Krieger, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg got the sweep over Dawson-Boyd on Friday, winning Game 2, 15-0.

Rudningen went 2-for-3 with a pair of triples to go with three RBIs and two runs for the Saints. Maret Gjerde was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI.

Along with going 1-for-2 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs, Krieger threw a one-hitter, striking out seven in the victory.

Jenna Wyum had the Blackjacks' lone hit, going 1-for-1 while also being charged as the losing pitcher.

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KMS 480 3-15 9 1

Hitting - Dawson-Boyd: Jenna Wyum 1-1 ... KMS: Katie Krieger 1-2 3b rbi-2 r-2, Maret Gjerde 2-2 rbi r-2, Savanna Hagen 1-2 rbi r-2, Mallory Rudningen 2-3 3b-2 rbi-3 r-2, Annika Smith 1-2 rbi r, Hannah Gareis 1-2 rbi r-2, Halie Nichols 1-2 rbi-2 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Dawson-Boyd: Wyum (L) 4-9-15-10-7-2 ... KMS: Krieger (W) 4-1-0-0-2-7