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All season long, Avery Steffen has pitched extremely well for Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Against Pine Island on Monday, Steffen was at her best. The Cougars spotted Steffen a run in the third to take a 1-0 lead. It was all she needed. Steffen struck out 11 batters and walked two in a no-hit shutout of the Panthers in the Section 1AA playoff opener.
In a quick paced, tightly contested game, Cannon Falls came out on top 2-1 over Goodhue on Thursday. Neither team could string together any hits or push across a run through four innings of play. In the fifth, the Bombers broke through for two runs. Roan Reardon, Ben Villarreal each singled to lead off the fifth inning. Graham Pearson laid down a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line for a base hit, which loaded the bases. A fielder’s choice and walk scored two runs. From there, Bomber Riley Miller and Jack Dommeyer held Goodhue to a run en route to victory. Miller, who earned the win, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five in six innings.
The bats came alive in the fifth inning as the fifth-ranked Randolph softball team forged ahead to defeat GMLOK 8-3 on Thursday. Tied 1-1. the Rockets scored five runs -- all with two outs -- in the fifth. Kenna Foss reached on an error, then Chloe Kimmes walked. Kenna Otte drove in Foss on a single. Morgyn Otte followed with an RBI-single. Megan Erickson reached on an error and Kenna Otte scored on the play. Meredith Taylor drove in a run on a single, and Lindsey Grant’s pop fly was mishandled. On the play, Grant reached base safely and the fifth run of the inning scored.
The Red Wing baseball team trailed Northfield by three runs in the top of the seventh, but scored four to win 9-8 on Friday. Jack Carlson started the rally with a one-out single. Dez LeTexier was hit by a pitch, Deso Buck singled and Taite Luhman reached on an error. Carlson scored on the error that allowed Luhman to reach safely. LeTexier scored during Ben Kuehni’s at-bat on a wild pitch to get the Wingers to within a run.Alec Borgon drove in the tying run and Luhman scored the go-ahead run on an error.
The Lake City boys' tennis team fell 5-2 in a section tournament match against Holy Angels on Wednesday. The Tigers split singles play with Holy Angels. Mitchel Medvec and Ryan Heise each won their singles match. Medvec won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Heise won 7-6(5), 7-5 at No. 3 singles. The Tigers couldn't win any doubles matches. With the loss, Lake City ended its team competition. Individual section matches begin May 21.
With every match finished and each team with three wins, only one match remained. Jacob Miller and Elijah Ender of Lake City and Red Wing's Jackson Hull and Graham Achen were battling for the for a win at No. 1 doubles. The winner would advance their team in the section bracket. Miller and Ender won the first set 6-2 and came from behind in the second set—down 4-5—to win 7-5. The come-from-behind win in the second set gave Lake City a 4-3 win on Tuesday.
The Wingers girls' golf team hosted and won the Red Wing Invitational at Mississippi National Golf Links on Tuesday. The Wingers finished with a score of 306. Wayzata came in second with a 317. Edina finished in third with a 321. Elk River had a 334, Lake City had a 335, Simley had a 346 and Eden Prairie finished with a 430. Leah Herzog shot a 65, a new course record. Sophia Yoemans shot a 68. Ava Bremseth had an 86 and Sydney Flack finished her round with an 87.
Scoring in every inning, the Red Wing softball team beat Owatonna 15-0 in four innings on Tuesday. Dani Deming opened the scoring for the Wingers with an RBI-double in the first inning. In the second, Haddie Furlong hit one deep enough to the outfield for Skyla Reed to tag and score from third base. The next batter, Hailey Ehlers, hit a two-run home run to center field. The Wingers led 4-0 after two innings and piled on the runs in the third. In total, the Wingers scored eight runs on five singles, three walks and two errors. The Wingers added three more runs in the fourth.
The Red Wing girls' golf team finished in second place at the Dakota Ridge Invitational on Saturday. The Wingers shot 334, 331 to finish behind Chanhassen. Sophia Yoemans was the overall medalist with a score of 144. Leah Herzog was right behind her with a 145. On Monday, the Wingers beat Winona 330-476. Herzog set a new Winona Bridges course record with a score of 65. Yoemans had a 71. Sydney Flack finished her round with a 95 and Bri Novak had a 99.
Thanks to a six-run third inning, the Randolph baseball team topped Lyle-Pacelli 11-3 on Monday. The Rockets took advantage of some L-P errors. Joey Erickson reached on an error to load the bases, AJ Wiedner plated a run on a ground out to first and Dane Ehleringer followed with a three-run home run. Two singles and another error later, the Rockets had a 6-1 lead.