Anika Boll smacked a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Monday and the Luverne Cardinals outlasted the Worthington Trojans 5-3 in a high school softball game at Centennial Park.
Boll had struck out in her previous three at-bats against WHS standout pitcher Haley Grimmius before smashing a line drive down the right-field line past diving Trojan outfielder Presley Sieve. Boll’s shot scored Carly Olson easily with the go-ahead run and rolled to the fence, and Boll beat the throw home for the inside-the-park round-tripper.
The Trojans led early 2-0 on an RBI single from Bailey Ponto in the first inning and a sacrifice fly from Ponto in the third. Luverne tied the score in the fourth on a two-run single by Belle Schmid. Billie Connell tripled in the fifth and came home on a wild pitch to give the Cardinals the lead, but the Trojans tied it at 3 on a fifth-inning RBI single by Saige Scheepstra.
The Trojans loaded the bases in the seventh with no outs, but a pop out and two fielders’ choice grounders kept WHS off the scoreboard. Gracie Nath pitched the whole game for the Cardinals and got the win; Grimmius went the distance as well and took the loss.
Marshall came out on top in Monday’s Big South boys golf meet at GreatLIFE Worthington. The Tigers had a team score of 329 in the six-team meet. Luverne had 337, Pipestone and Windom tied at 358, Redwood Valley had 365 and Worthington had 374.
For the Trojans, Tyler Jaycox had a team-best 85, with a round highlight being a chip-in birdie on 13. Spenser Braaksma had a 92, Andrew Mulder a 93 and Drew Dorcey a 104. Luke Ehlers was medalist with a 72.
In girls golf, Redwood Valley won a four-team Big South meet in Windom with a cumulative team score of 352. Marshall was second at 401, Worthington third at 408 and Luverne fourth at 416.
Lilly Mahlberg’s round of 92 was best for the Trojans. Mia Nixon shot a 101, Ellie Weg carded a 105 and Madison Beckmann had a 110. Redwood Valley’s Mia Jenniges was medalist with a 74.