MARSHALL — Needing to beat Litchfield twice to make the state softball tournament for the fifth season in a row, Pipestone did just that in the Section 3AA finals.
The Arrows won Game 1, 5-2. Then in a winner-take-all Game 2, Pipestone repeated as 3AA champion with an 8-3 victory at the Schwan Regional Amateur Sports Complex.
In Game 1, Madelyn Wiese went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and an RBI for Pipestone. Kayla Hubbing finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Jessa Reinert was the winning pitcher, striking out nine over seven innings.
For Litchfield, Sydney McCann and Emma DeWolf were both 2-for-3, with McCann scoring twice and DeWolf driving in a run. Avery Stilwell had a double and an RBI while Janessa Olson connected with a triple. Taylor Draeger pitched all seven innings in the loss.
Game 2 stats were unavailable.
The Dragons conclude the 2021 season with an 18-8 record.
Section 3AA final
Pipestone 002 010 2-5 6 1
Litchfield 101 000 0-2 6 1
Hitting - Pipestone: Madelyn Wiese 2-4 3b r-2 rbi, Kayla Hubbing 2-4 r rbi, Kyla Hubbing 1-3 2b rbi-2, Brynn Manzey 1-3 r, MacKenzie Manderscheid 0-3 r bb … Litchfield: Sydney McCann 2-3 r-2 sb, Avery Stilwell 1-3 2b rbi, Emma DeWolf 2-3 rbi, Janessa Olson 1-3 3b.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Pipestone: Jessa Reinert (W) 7-6-2-2-0-9 … Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (L) 7-6-5-4-2-3.
Section 3A final
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg saw its season officially come to a close at Marshall in the Section 3A championship with a loss to Edgerton/Southwest Christian in Marshall.
Thursday’s championship game went all seven innings compared to when the Fighting Saints’ lost to the Flying Dutchmen 14-1 in five innings on Tuesday in Cottonwood.
“To go seven innings against a very tough opponent, I’m proud of these girls and their efforts,” KMS coach Eileen Suter said.
The Flying Dutchmen opened Thursday’s section championship with two runs in the bottom of the first inning before KMS scored a run in the top of the second. Edgerton responded with one run in the second and five in the third, resulting in an 8-1 lead.
The Fighting Saints scored their second run in the top of the fourth before giving up three runs in the same inning. However, neither team would score again following the fourth inning.
With the loss, KMS ends its season with a record that Suter was highly fond of.
“It was a wild year, and to end the season 20-6, I’m really proud of the girls,” she said.
Due to the team’s success, Suter says the team is looking forward to the future of KMS softball.
“I have so many coming back next season, with players that now really have experience, it’s going to be fun,” she said. “There is definitely a lot to look forward to.”
KMS 010 100 2-4 7 1
Edgerton/SWC 215 300 x-11 12 3
Hitting - Visitor: Haile Nichols 1-4 rbi, Josie Gjeride 0-2 r bb-2, Maret Gjerde 1-4, Lauren Krieger 0-4 r, Shakira Olson 1-3 rbi sb, Katlyn Peters 1-4 3b r, Elsa Gjerde 2-2 r bb, Julia Carlson 1-3. Home: Mackenna Moss 3-3 rbi-3, Tyra Snyder 2-3 hr rbi-2, Maren Nerem 2-3 2b, Mackenzie Snyder 1-3 rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - KMS: Kreiger 6-12-11-6-2-2 ... Edgerton/SWC: Addison Fleischman 7-7-4-3-3-6.
Section 6A final
Though Benson’s season ended just short of the state tournament, Braves head coach Barb Schwarz was pleased by her team’s effort at Browerville.
“Our kids played their hearts out,” Schwarz said. “We had some heat fatigue at the end there, but that’s how it goes.
“Browerville is a very good team, section champions. I don’t think we have to feel bad about how we did in any way.”
Ellie Moesenthin was 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Braves’ offense while Adysen Himley and Sarah Brandt each had a hit.
Marissa Callahan led the Tigers, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and three runs. She also was the winning pitcher, striking out seven while giving up four hits and no walks in a complete game.
Browerville/Eagle Valley is state bound for the first time since 2014. Benson wraps up the season with an 18-8 record.
Benson 000 000 0-0 4 5
Browerville/EV 410 211 x-9 12 0
Hitting - Benson: Ellie Moesenthin 2-3 2b, Adysen Himley 1-3, Sarah Brandt 1-3 … Browerville/EV: Marissa Callahan 3-4 2b r-3 sb, Tyra Myers 1-4 2b, Lauren Schnettler 1-1, Megan Benning 1-4 r-2 sb, Anna Myers 2-4 2b-2 r rbi-3, Leona May 1-4 2b r rbi sb, Madeline Irsfeld 1-4 2b r, Zoe Hillmer 2-3, Aubriana Schwanke 0-2 r rbi bb.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Bella Wolter (L) 6-12-9-6-1-1 … Browerville/EV: Callahan (W) 7-4-0-0-0-7.
Benson 2, Hancock 1
Benson needed a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to eliminate Hancock from the Section 6A playoffs at Browerville.
Bella Wolter went the distance for the Braves, tossing a three-hitter. She struck out nine, walked two and allowed no earned runs.
“That Bella Wolter, she pitched super well,” Benson head coach Barb Schwarz said. “She did a great job.”
Marissa Connelly went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI and Wolter also doubled and drove in a run for the Braves.
Hancock 001 000 000-1 3 1
Benson 000 001 001-2 4 2
Hitting - Hancock: Alexis Staples 1-4, Rylee Hanson 1-4, Jordan Hausmann 1-2 r sb … Benson: Marissa Connelly 2-4 2b r rbi sb, Rachel Berens 1-4, Bella Wolter 1-4 2b rbi, Ellie Moesenthin 0-2 r bb-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Hancock: Carlee Hanson (L) 8 2/3-3-2-1-4-9 … Benson: Wolter (W) 9-3-1-0-2-9.