Prep Softball: BBE back from brink
BROOTEN — Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa was on the brink.
Hosting fifth-seeded Hancock in the opening round of the Section 6A tournament, the Jaguars were down 7-4 with three outs left in their season.
That's when the offense found its stride and kept BBE's season alive.
Moving the batters around with three walks and four hits, the Jaguars completed the improbable comeback with an 8-7 victory.
Cassandra Tensen and Amber Jaeger opened the bottom of the seventh inning with walks before a knock to center field by Josie Knutson brought Tensen home.
Then with bases loaded, Kaylee Torgerson tied the game at 7-7 with a two-run single to left that brought home Jaeger and Knutson.
Abby Tensen loaded the bases again with a single. Then Ally Gruber brought home the game-winning run with an infield single that brought home Dacia Herickhoff.
Along with scoring the game-winning run, Herickoff was the winning pitcher after tossing two innings in relief. Torgerson went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs while Gruber was 2-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI.
Tori Pahl had a strong day at the plate for the Owls, going 4-for-4 with a triple, a run and an RBI. Rylee Hanson also had a triple, going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Carlee Hanson was hit with the loss after 6-1/3 innings in the circle.
BBE will resume postseason play at 4 p.m. Thursday at Minnewaska Area High School against the section's top seed, Upsala. The Cardinals advanced after beating eighth-seeded Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 12-2 on Tuesday.
BBE 8, Hancock 7
Hancock 022 201 0-7 11 6
BBE 002 011 4-8 14 3
Hitting - Hancock: Carlee Hanson 1-5 2b sb, Nadine Miller 1-4 r-2, Rylee Hanson 2-4 3b r-2 rbi, Tori Pahl 2-4 3b r rbi sb-2, Alexis Staples 1-2 r rbi-2 sb-2, Morgan Kisgen 1-4 rbi-2, Alexa Meierding 1-4 rbi, Haley Mattson 0-3 r ... BBE: Amber Jaeger 1-1 r rbi, Josie Knutson 3-4 r rbi-2 sb, Kaylee Torgerson 2-4 r rbi-2, Abby Tensen 2-4 r rbi, Ally Gruber 2-5 2b r rbi-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Hancock: C Hanson (L) 6.1-7-8-5-6-1 ... BBE: C Tensen 5-11-6-2-2-2, Herickoff (W) 2-2-1-1-1-2
Zimmerman 3, Willmar 2
Willmar's rally in the sixth inning fell short in a Section 5AAA playoff game against Zimmerman on Tuesday.
The Cardinals' Edyn Saulsbury had two hits, including a triple, and scored a run, and Mackenzie Jones and Sadie Raitz both singled in run.
Jones took the loss but all three runs allowed were unearned, and she struck out nine.
The Cardinals play next against St. Cloud Apollo at 4 p.m. Thursday in the double-elimination playoff in Cold Spring.
Willmar 010 001 0-2 5 1
Zimmerman 010 200 x-3 3 2
Hitting - Willmar: Edyn Saulsbury 2-3 3b r, Mackenzie Jones 1-3 rbi, Lily Reed 1-3, Carlie Berskow 0-3 r, Sadie Raitz 1-3 rbi ... Zimmerman: Jolie Putnam 1-3 2b r, Hope Wiley 0-1 r-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Jones (L) 6-3-3-0-2-9 ... Zimmerman: McKenzie Olene (W) 7-5-2-1-0-6
Litchfield 11, Rockford 9
Litchfield scored 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally from an 8-0 deficit to remain in the winners' bracket Tuesday. Sydney McCann highlighted the inning with a grand slam.
Six of the Dragons' 11 hits came in the final inning.
Sydney Braaten paced the Dragons with a 3-for-5 day that included a double and two RBIs and a run scored.
Rockford's Makayla Graunke took the loss in the pitching circle but played a big part in building the large lead, smacking two home runs in the game.
Litchfield will play Maple Lake at 4 p.m. Thursday in Rockford.
Litchfield 000 000 (11)-11 11 5
Rockford 205 100 1-9 13 3
Hitting - Litchfield: Janessa Olson 1-4 r-2, Sydney Braaten 3-5 2b rbi-2 r, Emma DeWolf 2-4 rbi, Brittney Prahl 0-1 r, Ryanna Steinhaus 0-0 r-2, Avery Stilwell 1-4 rbi-2, Katelyn Cruze 1-4 rbi, Addie Marquardt 0-0 r, Neriah Lara 0-2 r, Sydney McCann 1-3 gs rbi-4 r-2, Jocie Larson 2-2 2b rbi, Liv Holmgren 0-0 r ... Rockford: Makayla Graunke 2-5 hr-2 rbi-3 r-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (S) 2.2-5-5-3-2-2, Jocie Larson (W) 4.1-8-4-1-1-1... Rockford: Graunke (L) 6.1-9-8-1-3-5, Sophia Brun 0.2-2-3-3-1-1
Sauk Centre 7,
Sauk Centre scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and Paynesville's season came to an end in a Section 6AA elimination game on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs finished 10-11 overall.
Paynesville's Abby Schaefer had three hits and drove in a run, and Skylar Burg and Olivia Haines both had two hits.
Sauk Centre 002 103 1-7 6 6
Home 011 031 0-6 11 6
Hitting - Sauk Centre: Brenna Bick 1-3 2b rbi, Megan Klaphake 1-3 r-2 ... Paynesville: Abby Schaefer 3-4 2b rbi r, Skylar Burg 2-2 3b r-2, Olivia Haines 2-4 rbi, Megan Utsch 1-4 rbi, Kylee Everson 1-3, Madison Leyendecker 1-4 rbi r, Lindy Hennen 1-2 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sauk Centre: Madeline Nelson (W) 7-11-6-3-1-2 ... Paynesville: Schaefer (L) 7-6-7-3-2-5
Paynesville was forced into an elimination game with a loss to Annandale on Tuesday.
Paynesville's Megan Utsch had one of the Bulldogs' four hits and scored their lone run.
Paynesville 010 000-1 4 4
Annandale 102 403-11 8 1
Hitting - Paynesville: Olivia Haines 1-3, Megan Utsch 1-3 r, Harley Kunstleben 1-2, Kylee Everson 1-2 ... Annandale: Emmarie Yaeger 3-4 hr rbi r-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Abby Schaefer (L) 3-6-5-3-0-1, Grace Utsch 2-2-6-3-0-1 ... Annandale: Paige Fasching (W) 6-4-1-1-0-6
Minnewaska kicked off the Section 3AA tournament with a win over ACGC on Tuesday.
The Falcons outhit the Lakers 7-6 but Minnewaska put up a pair of crooked numbers to earn the win. Sara Geiser and Michele Stai each finished with two-hit games and Stai drove in two runs.
Jordyn Mortenson and Pailey Wilner also finished with two-hit games for the Falcons.
Kyla Koob earned the complete game win, striking out eight batters. Her counterpart, Lindsey Minnick, struck out 12 batters.
Minnewaska 002 001 2-5 6 0
ACGC 000 001 0-1 7 2
Hitting - Minnewaska: Sara Geiser 2-3 rbi, Michele Stai 2-4 2b rbi-2, Sydney Metz 1-4 rbi, Elizabeth Murken 1-2 ... ACGC: Jordyn Mortensen 2-3, Pailey Wilner 2-3, Rachel Wilner 1-3 rbi, Shayna Hobson 1-3, Brittney Schultz 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Kyla Koob (W) 7-7-1-1-0-8 ... ACGC: Lindsey Minnick (L) 7-6-5-3-3-12
Morris/CA 16, Minnewaska 5
Morris/Chokio-Alberta overcame a shaky defensive afternoon to defeat Minnewaska.
The Tigers racked up 19 hits and scored seven runs in the fifth inning and six in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Jen Solvie logged a game-high four hits with two runs scored and two RBIs. Katelyn Wehking, meanwhile, went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Carissa Oberg and LaRae Kram each had two-hit games with three RBIs.
Minnewaska 010 103-5 2 1
Morris/CA 111 076-16 19 5
Hitting - Minnewaska: Olivia Richards 1-4 r, Alyssa Erickson 1-2 r, Sydney Metz 0-3 r, Avery Hoeper 0-2 r, Elizabeth Murken 0-2 r ... Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Bailey Marty 3-5 2b rbi r-2, Emma Bowman 1-4 rbi r-2, Liz Dietz 1-2 2b r-2, Jen Solvie 4-5 r-2 rbi-2, Mackenzie Hockel 1-3 r rbi, LaRae Kram 2-4 r-2 rbi-3, Katelyn Wehking 3-4 r-2 rbi-2 2b, Carissa Oberg 2-4 r rbi-3, Riley Decker 2-2 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Kyla Koob (L) 3.2-14-9-8-2-0, Murken 2.1-5-6-6-3-1 ... Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Liz Dietz 3.1-0-2-0-7-3, Kenna Kehoe 1.2-2-3-3-0-1, Wehking 1-0-0-0-0-2