Area Softball: Z-M ends season with second loss to Byron this week
Zumbrota-Mazeppa began its quest in the Section 1AA elimination bracket with an 8-0 shutout of Pine Island in its first game on Thursday. The Cougars couldn’t catch a break in the second game against Byron, however, and fell 1-0, ending Z-M’s season.
In the first game against Pine Island, the Cougars were never in threat of losing as they built an early 6-0 lead through three innings. Lyndsey Quam struck out 12 Panthers and only gave up one hit to earn the win.
Leading Z-M offensively were Matti Stensland with three hits, Avery Steffen with a home run and a double, and Sarah Mensink with two hits and two runs.
Bridget Kennedy was the losing pitcher. She struck out three, walked one and gave up three earned runs on seven hits through five innings.
With the loss, Pine Island’s season came to a close.
In a rematch of Tuesday’s high-scoring affair that included five home runs, neither team was able to get its offense going as Byron defeated Z-M, 1-0.
Both teams recorded three total hits and Z-M didn’t get its first hit until the bottom of the sixth inning. The Cougars had a scoring threat looming in the sixth inning as Jakalyn Arendt led off with a single. She advanced to second on the next at bat but was tagged out in a rundown after a Hannah Mensink single. Z-M never had a baserunner reach third base.
Byron scored its lone run in the seventh inning — an inning in which it didn’t record a hit. Danielle Fode stole second base after taking a one-out walk. During her steal attempt Z-M’s Natalye Quam sailed the ball into the outfield and Fode advanced to third base. Fode attempted a suicide squeeze two pitches later but due to a miss on a bunt attempt by Allison Connelly, she ended up stealing home for the winning run.
“It’s a crazy game, sometimes you hit the ball hard but right at them,” Z-M head softball coach Kevin Nelson said. “Lyndsey (Quam) pitched a great game and we hit the ball well, it was just right at them. Tough way to end.”
Quam pitched in back-to-back games on Thursday and struck out 12, walked one and gave up three hits against Byron.
With the loss Z-M’s season comes to an end.
Goodhue 10, Wabasha-Kellogg 0
Goodhue’s offense continued to hum with a 10-0 victory over Wabasha-Kellogg on Thursday to win the Subsection 1A East title.
The Wildcats were never threatened, even though the No. 1 seed Falcons had a runner reach at least second base in each inning. Goodhue led in hits, 11-3.
Goodhue continued its stretch of hitting home runs as Torrie Rehder hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to push the Wildcats’ lead to 8-0.
Rehder finished the day with three hits, including a double, three RBI and two runs. Katie Pearson also had a big day at the plate for Goodhue, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs.
Abby Doerhoefer earned the win after pitching five innings. She struck out six and walked four.
With the win, Goodhue will face Hayfield on Tuesday in Austin with the winner advancing to the Section 1A championship game.
Randolph 5, Lester Prairie 2
Randolph built a 5-0 lead through five innings and Lester Prairie was unable to rally as the Rockets won, 5-2, on Thursday in the Section 4A quarterfinals.
Mackenna Otte and Morgyn Otte led things off in a big way for Randolph with two consecutive doubles to take a 1-0 lead after just two batters. After Megan Erickson grounded out, Skyler Turek smacked the third double of the inning to give Randolph another run. The game-winning run came two batters later as Meredith Taylor hit a two-out single to bring home Turek.
Mackenna Otte led the way offensively for Randolph, with a double, a home run, two runs and an RBI. Morgyn Otte also had two hits and an RBI.
Morgyn Otte was the winning pitcher. She struck out 10 and gave up one earned run on four hits through seven innings.
Randolph will next play on Saturday when it travels to Kimball for the Section 4A semifinals.
Fairmount 5, Cannon Falls 4
Cannon Falls lost a heartbreaker on Thursday to Fairmount in the second round of the Section 2AA playoffs.
The Bombers led 4-1 through five innings, but a late rally by the Cardinals tied it up to push the game into extra innings. Fairmount scored the winning run in the 10th inning to push Cannon Falls into the elimination bracket.
Rachel Huseth led all Bomber hitters with three hits and two RBI. Makayla Bowen and Abby Breuer both recorded two hits and two runs, while Bowen also hit a double.
Breuer was the losing pitcher after pitching all 9 ⅔ innings. She struck out 14, issued no walks and gave up five earned runs on 10 hits.
Cannon Falls will now have to win five straight games to earn a state bid. The road will start with a game against New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva on Saturday in Mankato.
Goodhue 7, Mabel-Canton 2
Katie Pearson had a big day at the plate and Abby Doerhoefer a good day on the mound to help Goodhue defeat Mabel-Canton, 7-2, on Tuesday in the second round of the Section 1A playoffs.
Goodhue opened with a two-run lead through two innings, with both runs coming via error. The Cougars answered with two runs of its own in the fourth inning to tie the game back up, but the Wildcats didn’t back down, scoring two runs in the fifth inning and three runs in the sixth to close the game out.
Goodhue was led offensively by Pearson, who went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and one run. Hannah Gadient had two hits and a run, and Arianna Thomforde recorded a double and a run as well.
Doerhoefer earned the win after pitching all seven innings. She struck out 14, issued no walks and gave up two earned runs and three hits.
Randolph 15, North Lakes Academy
Randolph was clicking on all cylinders on Tuesday as it came away with a 15-0 win over North Lakes Academy in the first round of the Section 4A playoffs.
Not only did the Rockets pitch a shutout, but Morgyn Otte pitched a no-hitter. Otte also showed her prowess at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI.
Megan Erickson also had a three-hit day with a triple, a double, two RBI and two runs.
Otte pitched all four innings for the Rockets and struck out four.
Cannon Falls 5, Sibley East 0
Cannon Falls defeated Sibley East, 5-0, in the first round of the Section 2AA playoffs.
The Bombers scored the game-winning run in the second inning after Rachel Huseth was hit by a pitch. She came around and scored after a Sibley East error and a single by Ali Larson.
Cannon Falls added two more runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and the final run in the sixth innings.
Abby Breuer pitched all seven innings to earn the win. She struck out 11 and issued no walks while giving up just one hit.
Byron 10, Z-M 7
Defending state champs, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, made its chances of a return trip to state a little harder on Tuesday with a 10-7 loss to Byron in the second round of the Section 1AA playoffs.
The Cougars built an early 4-1 lead after four innings but the Bears came roaring back with eight unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Byron outhit the Cougars, 14-9.
Matti Stensland was the leading hitter for Z-M as she went 3-for-4 with a home run. Natalye Quam also ripped a home run on one of her two hits.
Ashley Marolt hit two of Byron's three home runs in the game.
Lyndsey Quam was the losing pitcher, giving up 10 earned runs along with three walks and 10 strikeouts.
Kelsey Howard earned the win on 10 strikeouts and three walks through seven innings.
Lourdes 11, Pine Island 1
Pine Island had a tough task in facing No. 1 seed Rochester Lourdes on Tuesday in the second round of the Section 1AA playoffs and performed well throughout most of the 11-1 loss. Bridget Kennedy and the Panther defense did its best to hold down Lourdes, but a 10-run effort by the Eagles in the fifth inning turned a close game into a blowout.
Pine Island recorded five hits on the day, with the lone run coming from Katelyn Kennedy.
Bridget Kennedy took the loss after pitching four innings. She struck out two, walked four and gave up eight earned runs on eight hits. Jordyn Mathison pitched the final 1 ⅓ innings.