COTTONWOOD — The second-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints came into Tuesday’s matchup hoping for an upset over the top-seeded Edgerton/Southwest Christian Flying Dutchmen.
Instead, their hopes sank with a 14-1 loss.
Prior to defeating Wabasso in the Game 2 elimination game 10-7, the Saints struggled against the Flying Dutchmen, who had 18 hits in four innings. KMS notched four hits, including two doubles, and one run in the second.
The two will meet for the Section for the Section 3A championship at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Schwans Regional Amateur Sports Complex in Marshall. KMS needs to beat the Flying Dutchmen twice to advance to state.
“They’re just built bigger, stronger, faster and they sure looked it here,” KMS coach Eileen Suter said. “We were just trying to keep the ball low, trying to change up the speeds.
“ But even if you let it hang a little bit, they’ll take advantage of it. They’re strong hitters that had strong at-bats.”
The Flying Dutchmen notched four runs in the first inning.
Saints’ senior Lauren Krieger connected for a double in the top of the second for the team’s first hit of the ball game. Krieger scored on an RBI by junior Grace Collins.
The second inning seemed to repeat the first inning for the Flying Dutchman. The same four runners who scored in the first inning scored in the second, extending their lead to 8-1.
Edgerton/SWC offense scored six runs in the fourth.
“(Edgerton/SWC) just has big strong girls and I haven’t seen them put runs like that up on the board all year,” Suter said.
Aside from crediting the Flying Dutchmen with its offensive onslaught, Suter wished her team could follow suit by connecting more at the plate.
“Their pitcher didn’t throw anything special. We should have hit her hard,” she said. “But our hits just seemed to go right at them.”
The Saints then won the elimination game over Wabasso.
“(I) told the girls to let that one go,” she said of the loss to Edgerton/SWC. “It's in the past and we can’t change the past. We definitely just got try to win one more game and get back on Thursday to get another shot at (Edgerton/SWC.)”
KMS 010 000 0- 1 4 2
Edgerton/SWC 444 600 0-14 18 0
Hitting - KMS: Maret Gjerde 2-2 2b, Lauren Krieger 1-2 r, Grace Collins 1-2 rbi. Edgerton: Mackenzie Snyder 3-4 r-3, Paris Van Dyke 2-4 rbi-2 hr, Addison Fleischman 3-4 2b rbi-3, Maren Nerem 2-3 hr rbi-2, Brooklyn Moss 3-3 rbi, Hannah Pap 3-3 rbi, McKenna Moss 1-3, Tyra Snyder 1-3.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Visitor: Lauren Kreiger 2.1-15-14-11-0-1, Madison Anderson 1.2-0-0-3-0-2 Home: Addison Flechamn 4-4-1-1-0-3, Van Dyke 1-0-0-0-0-1
KMS 10, Wabasso 7
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg played its way into the Section 3A championship after beating Wabasso in an elimination game in Cottonwood.
“I’m just glad that they played hard and never gave up,” said Fighting Saints head coach Eileen Suter.
“It was just a fun win.”
Maret Gjerde finished 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Josie Gjerde was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Halie Nichols was 2-for-5 with three runs.
Madison Anderson tossed the first 3 ⅔ innings for the Fighting Saints, striking out three. Lauren Krieger came in and tossed the final 3-1/3 innings, getting the win.
KMS 400 051 0-10 12 2
Wabasso 300 300 1- 7 9 5
Hitting - KMS: Halie Nichols 2-5 r-3, Josie Gjerde 2-4 rbi r-2, Maret Gjerde 3-5 rbi r-2, Lauren Krieger 0-5 r-2, Shakira Olson 0-4 rbi, Katlyn Peters 1-4 rbi, Grace Collins 1-3, Elsa Gjerde 1-4 rbi-2, Madison Anderson 1-2, Julia Carlson 1-2 r ... Wabasso: Sarah Franta 2-2 r, Kelsey Frank 2-4 rbi r-2, Kelsey Fischer 2-4 2b, Halle Huhnerkoch 1-3 r, Callie Burns 1-3 r, Kylie Wilkinson 1-1.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - KMS: Anderson 3 2/3-6-4-3-1-3, Krieger (W) 3 1/3-3-3-3-1-2 Wabasso: Sarah Franta (L) 7-12-10-7-0-7
Lac qui Parle Valley bowed out of the Section 3A playoffs after losing an elimination game to Wabasso in six innings in Cottonwood.
Isabel Gerdes had two of the Eagles’ three hits, with Macie Lund collecting the other.
The Rabbits were led by Cassidy Irlbeck, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Madeline Hanna added two hits and two runs. Getting the victory was Sarah Franta, who struck out four with no walks.
LQPV wraps up the 2021 season with a 20-5 record.
LQPV 000 000- 0 3 3
Wabasso 110 026-10 11 0
Hitting - LQPV: Macie Lund 1-3, Isabel Gerdes 2-2 ... Wabasso: Madeline Hanna 2-4 r-2, Sarah Franta 1-3 r rbi, Sophia Hanna 1-2 r-2, Kelsey Frank r rbi-2, Cassidy Irlbeck 2-4 rbi-3 r, Halle Huhnerkoch 1-2 r, Avery Carlson 2-2 r-2 rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - LQPV: Rylee Sawatzky 5 2/3-11-10-7-3-4 ... Wabasso: Franta 6-3-0-0-0-4.
Benson 9, C-G-B 8
A two-run base hit by Marissa Connelly in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Benson the lead for good in a Section 6A elimination game against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in Browerville.
With the win, the Braves take on Hancock at 1 p.m. Thursday in an elimination game to determine a spot in the section championship. Earlier in the playoffs, the Owls beat Benson, 6-2. The winner takes on Browerville/Eagle Valley at 3 p.m. If Browerville/Eagle Valley loses, another game follows to determine the 6A champion.
Against the Wolverines, Zoe Doscher was 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs and four RBIs. Connelly was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBis and Sarah Brandt finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Bella Wolter got the victory in the circle after tossing all seven innings.
C-G-B 102 410 0-8 8 0
Benson 320 220 x-9 19 4
Hitting - C-G-B: Jessica Moberg 2-2 hr r-3 rbi-4 hbp-2, Hayley Ward 1-4 rbi-2, Lara Botker 1-4, Grace Cardwell 1-3, Emma Wulff 1-3 r, Mikaelyn Johnson 2-4 2b r-3 … Benson: Ellie Moesenthin 2-4 2b r-2 bb, Adysen Himley 2-4 r-3 bb, Marissa Connelly 3-4 2b r-2 rbi-2 bb, Zoe Doscher 4-4 2b 3b r-2 rbi-4, Sarah Brandt 3-4 rbi-2, Rachel Berens 2-4, Bella Wolter 1-4 rbi, Leah Thompson 1-4, Madi Wrobleski 1-3 2b sb bb.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - C-G-B: Moberg (L) 5-18-9-9-3-2, Botker 1-1-0-0-1-2 … Benson: Wolter (W) 7-8-9-3-2-1.
Parkers Prairie 1
Benson won its first Section 6A elimination game, beating Parkers Prairie in Browerville.
Leading 7-0 through three innings, the Braves were led by Rachel Berens, who went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs and two stolen bases. Zoe Doscher finished 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, a run and two stolen bases. Ellie Moesenthin was 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base.
Benson collected 12 hits.
After Bella Wolter threw two innings, Adri Buboltz came in and got the victory after five innings of work.
Benson 331 011 0-9 12 2
Parkers Prairie 000 000 0-1 2 1
Hitting - Benson: Ellie Moesenthin 2-4 r-2 sb, Adysen Himley 1-3 r-2 rbi sb-3, Marissa Connelly 1-3 r hbp, Zoe Doscher 2-4 2b r rbi-2 sb-2, Sarah Brandt 1-4 rbi, Rachel Berens 3-4 3b r-2 sb-2, Madi Wrobleski 1-2 r rbi sb sac, Leah Thompson 1-1 rbi … Parkers Prairie: Megan Blake 1-2 sb bb, Darian Booker 1-3, Cora Johnson 0-1 r bb-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Bella Wolter 2-1-0-0-2-2, Adri Buboltz (W) 5-1-1-0-2-3 … Parkers Prairie: Kieda Wagner (L) 7-12-9-8-0-7.