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Lyndsey Quam struck out 10 in four innings of work in the circle, helping Zumbrota-Mazeppa to its first win Thursday, beating Triton 9-0 in Hiawatha Valley League play. On offense, four Cougars -- Tara Matuska, Riley Schleff, Hannah Mensink and Makayla Arendt -- each had two hits. Matuska hit for a pair of doubles and an RBI, Schleff drove in two runs and Mensink had a double, an RBI and two runs scored for Z-M.
Seeing official competition for the first time this spring, the Red Wing girls’ track and field team won the Farmington indoor invitational Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The girls put together a team score of 92, followed by Farmington (55), Prior Lake (47) and the Math and Science Academy (18).
After opening the season Monday with a win over Lake City, Red Wing dropped a pair of home games, with a 9-2 non-conference loss to Byron Tuesday and a 15-7 defeat in the team's Big Nine Conference opener to Owatonna on Thursday, 15-7. Against the Bears Tuesday, Haley Ehlers led the Wingers' offense, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a double.
Minutes after Goodhue took a one-run lead, Andrew Egge doubled in two runs in the top of the seventh inning to spark visiting Cannon Falls to an 8-3 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Goodhue on Thursday. Liam Franken, Carlton Lindow and Mox Bowen all reached base ahead of Egge, who then put the Bombers ahead for good with his extra-base hit. Elliot Boman, Cody Miller and Lindow then followed with RBIs to complete a six-run inning and propel Cannon Falls to the win.
By the end of the second inning, Lake City and Kasson-Mantorville were looking at a football-score final. But the pitching and defense settled in to allow just two more runs to score. And the biggest was Nate Baer's, who crossed the plate on Drew Bailey's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory over their Hiawatha Valley League foe. The KoMets put up three runs in the top of the first, and Lake City took the lead with a four-run second. K-M tied the game in the third, and the game remained knotted until the seventh.
Matt Houglum allowed two earned runs over six innings, and added and RBI single, to lead Kenyon-Wanamingo to a 5-2 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Thursday. Calvin Steberg scored twice for the Knights, and also had two stolen bases. Gavin Roosen swiped three bags for K-W, with Tyler Ryan adding a double. Kevin Nordquist finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for the Cougars. Tyler Grudem took the loss for Z-M, pitching four innings and giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits, three walks to go with three strikeouts.
Red Wing's Ben Schafer battled Christoph Zweifel in a tight first set, but the Winger eventually fell 7-5, 6-0 in the top singles match in Red Wing's season-opening 7-0 loss to Northfield on Thursday. Schafer was the only Winger to win more than one game as the Raiders swept three of the seven duals. Red Wing (0-1) will hit the road on Tuesday to Albert Lea.
Through 4 ½ innings, Red Wing had complete control over Owatonna. The Wingers held a three-run lead, and limited the Huskies to three hits, no runs and just one runner past second base. But the bottom of the fifth was the undoing of Red Wing starter Teddy Tauer as Owatonna put up six runs to come away with a 7-3 Big Nine Conference victory on Thursday. The Wingers put the first run on the board in the top of the first, with Tyler DeFore's triple scoring Brodie Smith after Smith's one-out double. In the third, Tauer's sacrifice fly scored DeFore to give Red Wing a 2-0 lead.
Lake City scored in four innings, then held off a late Kenyon-Wanamingo rally to pick up an 11-6 Hiawatha Valley League victory on Thursday. Allison Hanson led the Tigers offensively, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI. Kasi Cronin also had a big day at the plate for Lake City, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. Ashley Thieren earned the win for the Tigers, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and a pair of walks.
St. Charles broke open a one-run game with seven runs over the fourth and fifth innings to storm past Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 9-4, on Tuesday. Isaiah Nolte lasted 3 1/3 innings on the mound for the Cougars, giving up six hits and three runs and taking the loss. Carter Cordes had two RBI for Z-M, with Peyton Liffrig and Kevin Nordquist both coming up with a hit and a run. The Cougars (0-1) will head to Kenyon-Wanamingo on Thursday.