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Goodhue split a Hiawatha Valley League doubleheader against Hayfield on Saturday, losing the first game, 2-1, and then taking the second, 4-1. Game 1 saw the Wildcats struggle at the plate, with just two hits through the first five innings. Nick Thomforde walked and scored in the sixth, but Goodhue left the bases loaded. In Game 2, Thomforde had two doubles and scored twice. Casey Ryan also had a double and a run.
The hits were close in Game 1, but Lourdes defeated Lake City, 7-3. The Eagles then completed the Hiawatha Valley League sweep, 2-1, in Game 2. Josh Brown, Drew Bailey and Josh Matanich each had an RBI in the first game, but Kolton Mullenbach and Matthew Hayford kept the damage to a minimum while Lourdes' offense turned nine hits into seven runs. Lake City had eight hits. Tyler Pritul got the loss after six earned runs on seven hits led to his dismissal after four innings.
Pine Island needed just five innings to put away St. Charles for a 15-3 win, keeping its undefeated record intact Monday. Katelyn Kennedy belted a home run as part of a 3-for-3 outing while teammate Brianna Forhman went 3-for-4. Emilie Rucker and Autumn Pin both finished with two hits for the Panthers. In the circle, Bridget Kennedy struck out eight while giving up eight hits and three runs in the victory. Pine Island (6-0) heads to Hayfield Tuesday before hosting Stewartville Thursday.
Tied 1-1 after two innings, Triton pulled away from Cannon Falls with a five-run third inning en route to a 16-5 Hiawatha Valley League victory Monday in Cannon Falls. Tatum Pickar moved the Bombers' offense, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Kaitlin Otterness finished 3-for-3 with a run scored. For the Cobras, Tatyanna Bond scored five times while going 2-for-3 at the plate. Caitlyn Sowieja reached home three times as part of a 2-for-5 day. Cannon Falls (4-6, 0-5 HVL) heads to Kenyon-Wanamingo on Thursday.
The Goodhue softball team finished in second place in a four-team tournament Saturday at Rushford-Peterson. The Wildcats won their opener against Houston (8-0) before falling to Mabel-Canton (7-6) in eight innings in the championship game. Abby Jonsgaard, Alissa Bien and Autumn Lindblom each tallied 3-for-4 efforts against Houston, with Jonsgaard and Lindblom each belting a double and earning an RBI. Bien also had a double and a run scored. Abby Doerhoefer struck out 12 while holding the Hurricanes to three hits and two walks.
After taking a 13-0 loss to Prescott in the opening round of its own tournament, Lake City recovered, beating Kenyon-Wanamingo 7-3 in the consolation finals Saturday in Lake City. Allison Hanson paced the Tigers' offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Alyssa Schmitz went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and Kasi Cronin finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ashley Thieren secured the win after striking out six with three runs (none earned), three hits and a walk allowed.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa went 1-2 in its home tournament Saturday, opening with a loss to Moose Lake-Willow River (2-1), followed by a win against Becker (7-5) and a loss versus Norwood-Young America (2-0) in the final game. Against ML-WR, Natalye Quam was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, followed by a double and run scored from Natalie Majerus.
Cannon Falls swept a Hiawatha Valley League doubleheader on Saturday, taking down Zumbrota-Mazeppa 11-6 and 8-5.
A near-flooded course wasn't enough to deter the Red Wing boys' golf team Friday as the Wingers cruised past Austin for a Big Nine Conference dual victory, 319-376. “The boys played well. The course was extremely wet. It was pouring rain there yesterday and it was pretty much underwater,” said Wingers head coach Nate Gale. “The guys had to manage their shots and they were forced to play longer because the ball wasn't rolling. The boys played well considering the conditions.”
In a doubleheader Friday against Glenville-Emmons, Randolph pitcher Lindsey Grant struck out eight and limited the Wolverines to no hits and a walk in a 15-0 Game 1 victory. Then in Game 2, Morgyn Otte struck out eight and gave up just one hit to G-E as the Rockets completed the sweep with a 17-0 victory.