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Area Softball: Wildcats shut out Trojans, advance in section playoffs

Goodhue was given the No. 2 seed for the 1AA subsection playoffs and proved it deserved the high seeding with a 15-0 drubbing of No. 7 seed Rushford-Peterson on Monday.

The Wildcats started the first inning with an out, a single, a RBI double and the second out before going on a six-hit, two-error run that gave the Wildcats a 9-0 lead before the inning was over.

Abby Jonsgaard led Goodhue with three hits — one a double. Hannah Gadient hit two home runs and led with four RBI. Arianna Thomforde, Jonsgaard, Gadient, Torrie Rehder, Haley Evans, Elise Tipcke and Hailey Hurlbut tied for the lead with two runs each.

Abby Doerhoefer got the start and pitched four innings before the 10-run rule was implemented. She struck out five and issued no walks.

Goodhue will remain at home on Tuesday when it advances to the semifinals to face No. 3 seed Mabel-Canton.

Z-M 12, GMLOK 2

Zumbrota-Mazeppa began its march to defend its state title with a 12-2 dismantling of Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland on Monday in the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs.

The Cougars had a 9-1 lead by the end of the third inning — a lead too large for the Bulldogs to overcome as they could only muster two hits.

Jakalyn Arendt and Megan Johnson both recorded three hits for Z-M. Arendt scored two runs and Johnson hit two RBI and scored a run. Rylee Schliep tallied two hits with a run and one RBI, and Natalye Quam had two hits, two runs and a RBI.

Lyndsey Quam got the start and pitched three innings, allowing only one earned run. She struck out seven and walked two. Avery Steffen came on in relief for the final three innings and had three strikeouts and two walks.

No. 2 seed Z-M will stay at home for the subsection semifinals on Tuesday as it takes on No. 3 seed Byron.

Pine Island 3, Dover-Eyota 0

Pine Island scratched across three runs in the first two innings and that turned out to be all the scoring in the game as the Panthers defeated Dover-Eyota, 3-0, in the opening round of the Section 1AA playoffs.

Autumn Pin led the way for the Pine Island offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run. Emilie Rucker had two hits — one a double — and a run, and Abby Bauman contributed two hits.

Bridget Kennedy pitched a no-hitter in the winning effort. She struck out 11 batters and didn't issue a walk.

No. 4 seed Pine Island will travel to face No. 1 seed Rochester Lourdes in the subsection semifinals on Tuesday.

Cotter 10, Lake City 0

Lake City's season came to an end on Monday as it lost in the opening round of the Section 1AA playoffs to No. 2 seed Winona Cotter, 10-0.

Cotter made its mark on the scoreboard early as it took two walks and hit two singles and one double to open up a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Ramblers would only add to that lead from there while the Tigers were unable to get its bats going.

Lake City finished with three total hits — Ashley Thieren and Nora Baer both hit singles and Allison Hanson hit a double.

Kasi Cronin was the starting pitcher but was quickly pulled after one inning. She walked four and gave up four earned runs on four hits. Deonna Jostock came on in relief and pitched the final 4 ⅓ innings.

Saturday

Cougars split at home tournament

The Zumbrota-Mazeppa softball team hosted a home tournament on Saturday and came away with a win and a loss by the end.

In the first game, the Cougars rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the sixth inning. Norwood-Young America reclaimed the lead in the ninth inning and this time it would hold as the Cougars fell, 3-2.

Norwood-Young America had 11 team hits, while Z-M had 10. Leading the way for the Cougars was Avery Steffen, who went 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Megan Johnson had two hits and a run, and Matti Stensland had two hits and one RBI.

Lyndsey Quam got the start and took the loss. She struck out 10 and gave up two earned runs while pitching all nine innings.

Against Becker in the second game, the Cougars had little trouble securing an 11-0 win.

Z-M outhit Becker, 14-2. Sarah Mensink went 4-for-4 with two runs, and Quam and Johnson both had two hits.

Steffen was the starting pitcher. She struck out six and walked one through six innings to earn the win.

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