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WHS softball season ends at Section 3AAA tourney

The Worthington Trojans softball season came to an end Wednesday at the Section 2AAA Tournament at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

 

The Trojans, competing as the No. 7 seed, dropped their initial game of the day 4-2 to fourth-seeded Marshall. Then, taking on fifth-seeded St. Peter in a loser-out contest, WHS was defeated by the Saints 8-2.

 

Against the Tigers, it was Marshall grabbing a 2-0 edge in the bottom of the first when Brielle Riess led off with a double, Harley Beek walked with one out and Jayda Bednarek drove them both home with a two-run single.

 

The Trojans were able to even the game at 2-apiece in the third. Abby Linder and Bailey Ponto each walked with one out, and they both came around to score on a two-out triple by Hannah McNab. The score was deadlocked until the bottom of the fifth, when Beek delivered Naya Grahn with a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a one-run edge.

 

Marshall picked up an unearned run in the sixth, and Morgan Bjella came on to pitch in relief of Beek in the seventh and struck out the side to preserve the Tigers’ win. Ponto surrendered just five hits for WHS in taking the pitching loss.

 

Against St. Peter, the Trojans went up 1-0 in the first when Ponto reached on a leadoff infield single and scored on a McNab RBI base hit. St. Peter responded with two in the first and two more in the second, with one run coming on a solo homer from Lillian Filand.

 

The score would remain 4-1 until the fifth, when Filand delivered a two-run single. The Saints added a pair more in the sixth; the Trojans got their second run in the seventh on a bloop double by McNab that scored Breeta Johnson, who went 2-for-2 in the game.

 

Worthington concludes the year with a 4-17 record.

 

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In Section 3A Tournament softball games postponed to Wednesday following Tuesday’s rainouts, it was Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove defeating Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 8-4; Cleveland knocking off Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 9-1 and United South Central blanking Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 8-0. Four other Section 3A games that had been scheduled for Tuesday will now be played today.

 

Also being played today are the games that had been scheduled for Tuesday in the Section 3AA softball tournament.

 

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Pairings have been announced for the Section 3AA baseball tournament that begins next week.

 

On Tuesday, fifth-seeded Jackson County Central plays at No. 4 Redwood Valley at 5 p.m. No. 7 St. James is at No. 2 Fairmont and No. 6 Pipestone is at No. 3 Windom; those matchups also have 5 p.m. starts.

 

On Thursday, top-seeded Luverne will host either Jackson County Central or Redwood Valley, and the St. James/Fairmont winner will meet the Pipestone/Windom victor at the higher seed. Both those games have 5 p.m. starts.

 

Additional games in the tourney are scheduled for June 1, 3, 4 and 6.

 

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In Section 2A baseball, the tournament will get underway today with multiple matchups. Among them is 12th seeded Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda playing at Mankato Loyola, No. 13 Martin County West at No. 4 New Ulm Cathedral and No. 10 Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey at No. 7 T/ML/GHEC. Those games all start at 5 p.m. The second round of play is Tuesday; Springfield is the No. 1 seed.


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