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Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Tayler Mort avoids a defender and scampers into second base on a first-inning steal attempt against Stewartville in Friday's Sub-section 1AA West elimination game. Mort was safe on the play. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

Softball: Cougars on the ropes

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STEWARTVILLE, Minn. – Seventeen days ago, Zumbrota-Mazeppa hosted Kasson-Mantorville in a key Hiawatha Valley League showdown. The game also had playoff implications, but Z-M head coach Kevin Nelson held back his usual starting pitcher, Morgan Olson, in favor of Amber Gehrke. The thought process was that the Cougars and KoMets would meet in the Section 1AA-West playoffs, and Nelson wanted to keep his ace hidden.


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Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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