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Prep Softball: Resilient Bulldogs claw back against Mainstreeters

Paynesville's Lindy Hennen gets the force out at second base and looks to throw to first for a double play try during Thursday's game against Sauk Centre in Paynesville. Joe Brown / Tribune1 / 4
Paynesville's Olivia Haines takes a swing at a pitch during Thursday's game against Sauk Centre in Paynesville. Joe Brown / Tribune2 / 4
Paynesville's Abby Schaefer sets to fire a pitch during Thursday's game against Sauk Centre in Paynesville. Joe Brown / Tribune3 / 4
Paynesville's Gerianna Miller reaches forward to make a catch in right field during Thursday's game against Sauk Centre in Paynesville. Joe Brown / Tribune4 / 4

PAYNESVILLE — Paynesville gave up a big lead but redemption came in a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning.

With the bases loaded in the ninth, Paynesville's Skylar Burg tagged and scored the winning run on Kylee Everson's fly ball behind second base in the Bulldogs' 9-8 win over Sauk Centre on Thursday.

Paynesville led by six runs through four innings, but Sauk Centre scored twice in the fifth and two Bulldogs errors led to six Mainstreeters runs in the top of the sixth and a two-run deficit.

Paynesville knotted the score with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and winning pitcher Abby Schaefer and the Paynesville defense kept Sauk Centre off the scoreboard the final three innings.

In the ninth, Burg and Olivia Haines hit back-to-back singles and Megan Utsch walked to load the bases and bring Everson to the plate.

Haines was 4-for-5 and she drove in three runs, Evenson had two hits and drove in two runs.

The Bulldogs open the postseason on Monday against an opponent to be determined.

Paynesville 9,

Sauk Centre 8 (9 inn.)

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Hitting - Sauk Centre: Maddy Nelson 4-5 hr rbi-4 r, McKinley Weirs 3-5 2b-2 r ... Paynesville: Abby Schaefer 2-5 r, Angie Gehrke 2-5 rbi r-2, Skylar Burg 1-4 rbi r, Olivia Haines 4-5 rbi-3 r, Kylee Everson 2-4 rbi-2 r sf, Lindy Hennen 1-3 rbi r, Gerianna Miller 1-4 rbi r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sauk Centre: Nelson (L) 9-13-9-9-3-4 ... Home: Schaefer (W) 8-11-8-5-0-4

Game 1

Sartell 13,

Willmar 3

Sartell had a ferocious start to Thursday's Central Lakes Conference doubleheader, opening Game 1 with seven runs in the first inning before beating Willmar 13-3 in five innings.

All three of the Cardinals' runs came in the third inning thanks to a Callie Slagter RBI double and an error that allowed Slagter and Ashley Prahl to score.

Slagter and Prahl were both 1-for-3, accounting for both of Willmar's hits. The Sabres were led by Kami Counter, who was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, two runs and three RBIs.

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Hitting - Willmar: Callie Slagter 1-3 2b r rbi, Ashley Prahl 1-3 r, Angela Espinoza 0-2 r ... Sartell: Kami Counter 4-4 2b-2 3b r-2 rbi-3, Rainna Stangle 2-3 2b r-2 rbi-2, Kamille Dougherty 2-3 r rbi-2, Ava Williams 1-2 3b r-2 rbi-2, Marissa Martins 1-3 r rbi, Riley Trobec 1-1 r, Shauna Schmidt 1-3 r, Cassidy Sarff 0-2 r-2, McKenna Gross 0-3 r rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Carlie Berskow 4.2-12-13-6-3-5 ... Sartell: Dougherty 5-2-3-0-1-4

Game 2

Willmar 4,

Sartell 3,

A Sartell error in the outfield allowed Bentley Sjoberg to score the game-winning run for Willmar in a 4-3, eight-inning Game 2 victory on Thursday, snapping the Cardinals' 10-game losing streak.

Callie Slagter scored twice for Willmar while finishing 1-for-3 at the plate. Ashley Prahl went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple in the bottom of the second.

Riley Trobec was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for the Sabres.

Lily Reed threw all eight innings for Willmar, striking out three.

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Hitting - Sartell: Cassidy Sarff 1-4 2b r, Rainna Stangle 1-4 3b r-2, Riley Trobec 2-3 rbi-2, Ava Williams 1-3 rbi ... Willmar: Callie Slagter 1-3 r-2, Ashley Prahl 1-4 3b rbi, Edyn Saulsbury 1-2, Lily Reed 1-3, Bentley Sjoberg 1-4 r, Sadie Raitz 1-2 r, Ashley Pitzen 1-3, Isabelle Kienholz 0-4 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sartell: Trobec (L) 7-7-4-2-2-8 ... Willmar: Reed (W) 8-5-3-3-4-3

Litchfield 3,


Scoreless through seven innings, Litchfield exploded for three runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat Glencoe-Silver Lake 3-0 and split the Wright County Conference West title with the Panthers.

With two outs in the frame and Sydney Braaten on first, Emma DeWolf hit a line drive to bring the game-winning run to third. Avery Stilwell followed up with a two-run double to give the Dragons the long-awaited lead. An error in the outfield in the next at-bat brought pinch-runner Alyssa Olson home.

Holding onto a three-run lead, Taylor Draeger shut the door on G-SL by retiring the side and securing the win. Draeger got the complete-game victory, holding the Panthers to one hit and one walk while striking out 11.

DeWolf was 2-for-4 at the plate for Litchfield while Stilwell was 1-for-4. Jocie Larson and Kristin Foley both had hits for the Dragons.

Earning the fifth seed in the Section 5AA tournament, Litchfield (13-5) opens postseason play at home Monday against 12 seed Southwest Christian.

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Hitting - Litchfield: Emma DeWolf 2-4, Avery Stilwell 1-4 2b rbi-2, Jocie Larson 1-3, Kristin Foley 1-1, Brittney Prahl 0-0 r, Alyssa Olson 0-0 r... Glencoe-Silver Lake: Lily Schmitt 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (W) 8-1-0-0-1-11 ... Glencoe-Silver Lake: Briana Wraspir (L) 8-5-3-2-2-10

Game 1

Melrose 10,

Benson 5

Abby Lundebrek and Rachel Berens each finished with three hits but Melrose made the most of their eight hits to win.

Ashley Rademacher paced the Dutch with a home run, three RBIs and two stolen bases.

Benson racked up 13 hits, including Lundebrek's two doubles, but only managed runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

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Hitting - Benson: Hannah Andrews 1-5 sb rbi, Marissa Connelly 1-2 r, Maranda Wieber 2-3 sb rbi r, Ellie Moesenthin 2-4 r, Kaitlyn Berreau 1-4 2b rbi-2, Abby Lundebrek 3-4 2b-2, Rachel Berens 3-4 rbi r, Chloe Collins 0-0 r... Melrose: Ashley Rademacher 2-4 hr sb-2 rbi-3 r, Mackenzie Wolbeck 3-3 hr rbi r-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Bella Wolter (L) 6-8-10-3-1-2 ... Melrose: Makiya Luetmer (W) 7-13-5-4-0-7

Game 2

Benson 7,

Melrose 6

Benson held off a resurgent Melrose in game two Thursday.

The Braves took a quick 1-0 lead and added five in the third and held on for the win.

Cally Miller went the distance, scattering seven hits in seven innings.

Hannah Andrews and Marissa Connelly each finished with two-hit games.

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Hitting - Melrose: Alexis Haider 3-4 rbi r-2 ... Benson: Hannah Andrews 2-3 sb rbi r-2, Marissa Connelly 2-4 2b sb rbi r, Maranda Wieber 0-4 rbi, Ellie Moesenthin 1-4 rbi r, Kaitlyn Berreau 1-3 r, Zoe Doscher 0-3 r, Mariah Rodahl 0-2 r, Abby Lundebrek 1-2 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Melrose: Lexi Kvistad (L) 2.1-5-6-3-2-0, Makiya Luetmer 3.2-2-1-0-0-5 ... Benson: Cally Miller (W) 7-7-6-4-2-3

NLS 8,

Rockford 2

Ava Kraemer had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs as New London-Spicer defeated Rockford on Thursday in New London.

NLS' Katelyn Nordmeyer also had three hits, one a double, and she drove in a run and scored twice.

Sam Johnson and Emma Hanson both had two hits. Wildcats' pitcher Ashlyn Leindecker allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four to get the win.

The Wildcats open Section 3AA play against Benson at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Minneota.

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Hitting - Rockford: Ellie Sather 2-3 r ... New London-Spicer: Sam Johnson 2-4 rbi r, Emma Hanson 2-4 r, Brianna Deming 1-4 r, Katelyn Nordmeyer 3-4 2b rbi r-2, Ava Kraemer 3-4 2b-2 rbi-2, Mackenzie Rich 1-4 2b rbi r, Presley Arndt-Callenius 1-2, Ari Lindquist 0-2 rbi r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Rockford: Amanda Shippley (L) 1.2-6-3-3-0-2, Makayla Graunke 1.1-2-2-2-2-1, Sophia Brun 3-5-3-3-1-1 ... New London-Spicer: Ashlyn Leindecker (W) 7-6-2-2-1-4

Morris/CA 4,

Minnewaska 2

Morris/Chokio-Alberta rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Minnewaska Thursday.

The Tigers scored three runs in the third, which proved to be enough for the win after Liz Dietz came in during the third inning to shutdown the Lakers.

She took the win, allowing just one hit and one unearned run, striking out eight batters.

Bailey Marty and Emma Bowman paced the Tigers with four of their team's eight hits.

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Hitting - Minnewaska: Sam Geiser 2-3, Michele Stai 1-4, Sydney Metz 1-4, Hannah Orlowski 1-3, Elizabeth Murken 1-3 ... Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Bailey Marty 2-3, Emma Bowman 2-3 2b, Liz Dietz 1-3, LaRae Kram 1-3, Macee Libbesmeier 1-3, Riley Decker 1-1

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Kyla Koob (L) 5-8-4-3-1-1, Murken 1-0-0-0-0-3 ... Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Kenna Kehoe 2-5-1-1-1-0, Dietz (W) 5-1-1-0-3-8

Game 1



Jaimi Heida spun a two-hitter to defeat Yellow Medicine East Thursday.

Sage Mecker helped on the offensive end, driving in five runs to lead MACCRAY. Kate Hultgren also joined the hit parade, singling twice with two stolen bases and two runs scored.

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Hitting - MACCRAY: Kate Hultgren 2-3 sb-2 r-2, Abigail Pieper 1-4 sb r, Jaimi Heida 2-4 sb rbi-2 r, Sage Mecker 2-4 2b rbi-5, Celenda Jenkins 1-3 r, Jessica Wellnitz 1-2 sb-2 r-2 ... Yellow Medicine East: Emily Cobb 1-3, Lauren McCosh 1-2 sb

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - MACCRAY: Heida (W) 7-2-0-0-2-7 ... Yellow Medicine East: Emily Cobb (L) 7-9-7-7-2-6

Game 2



Abigail Pieper tossed a one-hit shutout to power MACCRAY to a 1-0 win in game two.

Gabby Randt scored the Wolverines' lone run in the fourth inning.

Ashley Levitz-Mickels finished the game two two hits.

Emily Cobb took the loss despite allowing just five hits and one unearned run.

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Hitting - Yellow Medicine East: Lauren McCosh 1-3 ... MACCRAY: Sage Mecker 1-3, Gabby Randt 1-3 r, Ashley Levitz-Mickels 2-3 sb, Olivia Naatjes 1-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Yellow Medicine East: Emily Cobb (L) 6-5-1-0-2-6 ... MACCRAY: Abigail Pieper (W) 7-1-0-0-3-8

Hancock 17,

Ortonville 7

Rylee Hanson had a day to remember Thursday, homering twice and driving in six runs as Hancock rolled out 17 runs.

Nadine Miller drove in three runs, scored twice and finished with four hits while teammate Carlee Hanson also added a home run and earned the win.

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Hancock 072 224-17 18 2

Hitting - Ortonville: Jaiden Conroy 2-4 2b hr rbi r-3 ... Hancock: Carlee Hanson 2-5 hr rbi r-2, Haley Mattson 2-4 rbi r-3, Nadine Miller 4-5 2b rbi-3 r-2, Rylee Hanson 3-5 hr-2 rbi-6 r-2, Tori Pahl 3-4 3b r-2, Alexis Staples 1-2 rbi r, Alexa Meiering 2-4 r-3, Lindsey Mattson 1-2 rbi r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Ortonville: Conroy (L) 6-18-17-15-5-6 ... Hancock: Carlee Hanson (W) 6-11-7-3-5-2

KMS 13,


KMS racked up 10 hits and made the most of ACGC's eight errors in a 13-2 win.

Savanna Hagen headlined the offensive onslaught, driving in seven runs. She also doubled twice and finished with a pair of singles.

Claire Hauge held the Falcons to three hits.

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Hitting - ACGC: Shayna Hobson 1-3, Jordan Mortenson 1-3, Abby Kragenbring 1-2 ... KMS: Katie Krieger 1-3 rbi, Maret Gjerde 2-4 2b, Savanna Hagen 4-4 2b-2 rbi-7, Mallory Rudningen 1-3 3b, Lexy Swanson 1-3 rbi, Morgan Lesteberg 1-3 2b

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - ACGC: Lindsey Minnick (L) 4-10-13-5-1-3 ... KMS: Claire Hauge (W) 5-3-2-2-0-3

Springfield 11,


Caylee Weber doubled twice and finished with three hits for BOLD but Springfield ran off with an 11-2 win.

Springfield outhit the Warriors 13-9 in the game but the Warriors finished with six costly errors.

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Hitting - BOLD: Jordan Johnson 1-4, Kya Young 2-4, Devyn O'Halloran 2-4 2b r, Caylee Weber 3-4 2b-2 rbi r, Megan Ridler 1-3 3b rbi ... Springfield: Taylor Augustin 2-4 2b rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: Kendall Mack (L) 6-13-11-3-3-2 ... Springfield: Brittany Rogotzke (W) 7-9-2-2-1-7

LQPV 12,

Montevideo 1

Lac qui Parle Valley scored 12 runs with crooked numbers in four innings Thursday.

Tori Bungarden and Macie Lund each finished with two-hit games for the Eagles.

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Hitting - Lac qui Parle Valley: Ashton Molden 1-4 r-2, Haley Wollschlager 0-3 rbi, Lindsey Kranz 0-4 r, Cassidie Olson 0-2 r, Savannah Dufrane 1-3 rbi-2 r, Rylee Sawatzky 0-2 r, Macie Lund 2-5 rbi r, Sidney Gerdes 1-3 rbi r-2, Tori Bungarden 2-2 2b rbi-2 r-2, Addy Bonn 0-4 r ... Montevideo: Noelle Sulflow 1-3, Sydney Zindel 1-3 2b, Kori Douglas 1-3, Kaylee Pauling 1-3, Teagan Marty 1-3 2b r, Mackenzie Hoidal 1-3 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Lac qui Parle Valley: Wollschlager (W) 7-6-1-1-0-14 ... Montevideo: Megan Anderson (L) 2.2-2-6-2-4-1, Maddie Kilibarda 4.1-5-6-0-3-0

College Softball

Region 13A Tournament


Ridgewater 5

A costly error with two outs in the third inning proved to be a game-changer, as St. Cloud Technical and Community College rattled off eight runs on the way to an eight-run win.

Ridgewater kept up with the top-seeded Cyclones in the Region 13A opener and they'll get their chance at revenge at 10 a.m. today in St. Cloud. The winner of that game will take on Anoka-Ramsey, who earned the privileged position by defeating M State-Fergus falls 11-3 and SCTCC 11-10.

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SCTCC 228 10x-13 15 2

Hitting - Ridgewater: Autumn Slowiak 2-3 bb, Rylie Wilner 0-4 r, Aby Kienholz 1-3 r-2 rbi sb, Miranda Scherer 2-3 rbi-2 sb, Morgan Swenson 0-2 bb, Larady Lange 1-3 rbi-2, Taylor Rasmusson 1-2 bb r ... SCTCC: McKenzie Ebert 1-4 hr rbi-3 r, Regan Jastram 2-3 r-2 sb rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Ridgewater: Brielle Krossman (L) 5-15-13-5-0-2 ... SCTCC: Sam Patton (W) 6-6-5-4-3-4

Ridgewater 7,

M State Fergus Falls 5

Ridgewater kept their season alive with a strong start and solid finish.

The Warriors jumped out to a 4-0 lead but M State Fergus Falls bounced back with three in the bottom half of the inning and tied things in the third.

Ridgewater put up runs in the fifth and sixth innings, though, and held on for the win.

Rylie Wilner led the way with three hits, including a double and triple, as well as two runs scored. Autumn Slowiak, Aby Kienholz, Larady Lange and Shauna Wehking each finished with two-hit games, too.

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Hitting - Ridgewater: Autumn Slowiak 2-4 2b r-2 rbi sb, Rylie Wilner 3-4 2b 3b r-2 rbi sb, Aby Kienholz 2-4 r rbi-2 sb, Miranda Scherer 0-3 bb, Morgan Swenson 1-3 bb rbi r, Larady Lange 2-4, Shauna Wehking 2-4 3b rbi, Chloe Duke 1-4 ... M State Fergus Falls: Alexa Mortenson 3-4 2b rbi r-2 sb

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Ridgewater: Brielle Krossman (W) 7-9-5-4-0-3 ... M State Fergus Falls: Mortenson (L) 7-14-7-7-1-6