Area Softball: Win sets Randolph up for rematch with Kimball
It took a couple of innings, but Randolph came up big against Mayer Lutheran on Wednesday, winning, 7-1, giving it chance for redemption in the Section 4A championship.
Neither team was able to get much going through three innings and that appeared to be the case in the fourth as well before Skylar Turek sparked a two-out rally for the Rockets.
Turek kicked things off with a single to right field. Madelyn Dibble reached on an error after a sac bunt before Meredith Taylor hit a two-RBI double to left field.
Randolph wasn’t done in the inning, however, as it hit two more singles and Andrea Splichal scored on an error, opening up a 4-0 lead.
Mayer Lutheran answered in the next half-inning with a run of its own, but Randolph closed the door with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Megan Erickson paced Randolph by going 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run. Taylor led with two RBI and seven different Rockets scored a run.
Morgyn Otte was the winning pitcher after striking out seven and giving up four hits through seven innings.
Next up will be a rematch with Kimball on Thursday at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul to determine a bid to the state tournament and the Section 4A champion.
Goodhue’s offense goes cold as it loses two
It was a tough night for Goodhue’s softball team as it dropped consecutive games on Tuesday at Todd Park in Austin, ending its season.
Goodhue began the day in the Section 1A semifinals against Hayfield, where it was blown out, 16-1. Wildcat pitcher, Abby Doerhoefer, struggled in the first inning, giving up six hits — five consecutive — and issuing three walks to give the Vikings an early 6-0 lead.
Doerhoefer settled in, cruising through the second inning but encountered trouble again in the third inning when Hayfield hit back-to-back home runs to push the lead to nine.
After the Wildcats’ third consecutive inning without a hit, Hayfield ripped the game wide open with seven more runs in the fourth inning to make it, 16-0. Goodhue finally got a couple of hits in the bottom of the fourth — including an RBI single from Torrie Rehder — but the the damage was already done.
Goodhue was outhit, 15-2, with only Rehder and Haley Evans logging hits.
Doerhoefer pitched all four innings but gave up 16 earned runs to go with four strikeouts and seven walks.
With the loss, Goodhue dropped into the elimination bracket with a chance to fight its way back to the Section 1A championship game. The offense fell into a funk, however, as it lost 6-0 to Wabasha-Kellogg.
Goodhue once again didn’t record its first hit until the fourth inning, and by that time it was already in a 5-0 hole. The Wildcats were able to load the bases in the fourth with two outs, but Elise Tipcke struck out to end the inning.
“Things were just not going our way,” Goodhue head softball coach Malinda Vogel said. “Wabasha-Kellogg robbed a home run of ours by diving over the fence. Certain plays were not in our favor in either game.”
The Wildcats were only able to get one runner on base after that, and after inclement weather arrived, the game was called off in the sixth inning.
Abby Jonsgaard and Doerhoefer recorded the lone hits for Goodhue as it was outhit by the Falcons, 7-2.
“We just were not hitting like we used to,” Vogel said. “We had two hits in the second game and (two in the first).
“I think (this loss) was a combination of us coming off of a blowout loss and Wabasha coming off a win. It also didn’t help with a long weekend and not having the normal routine we are used to,” she added.
Doerhoefer started the game but lasted only two innings. She struck out two, walked three and gave up three earned runs on three hits. Rehder came on in relief for the final three innings and struck out four, walked three and gave up three earned runs on four hits.