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Looking at elimination to fifth-seeded Dover-Eyota, fourth-seeded Pine Island scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, with Emilie Rucker delivering the final blow with a two-run walk-off base hit in a 6-5 opening-round win in the Section 1AA-West playoffs. Rucker finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, and Haley Bauman was 1-for-3 with a solo home run. Sydney Cavallaro chipped in with a 2-for-3 outing with a run scored.
With a five-run fourth inning, second-seeded Winona Cotter blew Monday's Section 1AA-East opening-round game wide open, beating seventh-seeded Lake City 7-3 in Winona. Four Tigers – Alyssa Schmitz, Kasi Cronin, Allison Hanson and Laura Heitman – accounted for all four of the team's hits. In the sixth inning, Hanson hit a single to center field that scored Cronin. Then in the seventh, a Heitman double brought Kayla Chavez home while Schmitz's two-out single brought Heitman in for a run.
Tara Matuska went five innings without giving up a hit, tallying eight strikeouts in a 4-0 victory for second-seeded Zumbrota-Mazeppa over seventh-seeded Cannon Falls in the opening round of the Section 1AA-West playoffs Monday. After Matuska came out, Lyndsey Quam got all six outs in the sixth and seventh innings via strikeout. The lone hit for the Bombers came from Anja Black with two outs in the top of the seventh inning
The top seed in the Section 1A-East bracket, Randolph was supposed to cruise by eighth-seeded Rushford-Peterson. Then Savannah Skalet took the rubber and changed the outcome. The Trojans' senior held the Rockets to one hit, by Skyler Turek, in a stunning 1-0 victory Monday in Randolph. “Tough way to end a great season,” said Randolph head coach Dennis Trom. “We just couldn't get the bats going. Both pitchers did a great job tonight, but unfortunately our one mistake in the field cost us.”
GOODHUE – Going into extras in Monday's Section 1A-East opener, a two-out Taylor Bhend single brought home Lily Riddles for what ended up being the game-winning run for sixth-seeded Southland in a 3-2 win over third-seeded Goodhue. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Wildcats got a glimmer of hope when Abby Doerhoefer hit for a single. But she would stay on first as a pop-up ended Goodhue's season earlier than expected. Emily Benrud extended the game for the Wildcats in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI double that brought Ari Thomforde home.
Every team at the Mankato quad was within nine strokes of each other. But Red Wing was able to keep the field at bay for a Big Nine Conference victory Tuesday at Mankato Golf Club. “That quad always tends to be very closely contested and not well-played for us,” said Wingers boys’ golf coach Nate Gale. “We always seem to struggle there.” Red Wing closed out the day with a team score of 323, followed by Mankato West (326), Winona (329) and Mankato East (332).
An early two-run lead did not hold for Red Wing in a 6-3 Big Nine Conference loss to Austin on Friday. Marissa Kelly and Natalie Boxrud each had two hits for the Wingers, with Hailey Ehlers and Kelly scoring runs. Abby Boxrud walked twice and stole a base in the loss. Red Wing (2-14) will look to end its 11-game losing streak next week in the Section 1AAA playoffs. Seeding for the tournament is Sunday.
The Lake City girls’ golf team breezed through the competition Thursday in a Hiawatha Valley League meet at Willow Creek Golf Club in Rochester. The Tigers won with a team score of 333, beating Stewartville (376) and Kasson-Mantorville (393). Among local teams, Kenyon-Wanamingo placed sixth with 407, followed by Cannon Falls in seventh with 422.
Red Wing was unable to get a win in its final road game of the year Thursday, taking a 10-1 Big Nine Conference loss against Rochester Mayo. The Wingers’ lone run came in the third inning on a solo home run from Hailey Ehlers. Teammate Haddie Furlong finished 3-for-3 in the batter’s box as the two accounted for all four of Red Wing’s hits. Justine Swenning was pegged with the loss, giving up nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Cannon Falls’ first win since May 2 proved elusive in the regular-season finale Thursday as the Bombers took a 12-2 loss against Hiawatha Valley League foe Hayfield. Hannah Singewald was 1-for-3 with two RBI for Cannon Falls while Amanda Holscher finished 2-for-2. Anja Black and Delanie Otto both crossed the plate for the Bombers. Rachel Huseth was charged with the loss after surrendering 16 hits and 12 runs (all earned).