PIPESTONE - Marshall went 1-2 at the Pipestone Area Invitational on Saturday, dropping their first two games to Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian 12-0 and Murray County Central 4-3 before topping Watertown, S.D., 5-4.
Marshall coach Jack Houseman liked how his team improved throughout the day, but knows they still have plenty of improvements to make. The continuing theme from the Tigers this season has been their bats.
"I don't think we we're quite ready to play that first game," Houseman said. "Our defense got better throughout the day, but we still need to improve at the plate. We didn't really go up to the plate with a plan, so that is going to be something we have to work on."
The Tigers helped Edgerton in the first contest, committing six errors and were quiet at the plate, recording just two hits.
Tanner Gunnink went 2-for-3 for Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian while Jenny Nelson also went 2-for-3 and Tianna Top finished a perfect 3-for-3.
Callie Graff and Emily Mortier had the Tigers two hits. Graff finished with a double.
Top also picked up the win in the pitching circle with seven strikeouts and no walks in her five innings of work.
Murray County Central 4, Marshall 3
The Tigers were edged in their second contest, losing 4-3 to Murray County Central.
Jade Geise and Angela Dahlgren both went 2-for-4 at the plate with doubles for the Rebels. Emily Mortier provided the offensive highlight for the Tigers with a home run in a 1-for-4 effort at the plate and had the lone RBI.
Tori Arzdorf also got a base hit in her lone at-bat.
Kristi Bose picked up the win for the Rebels with her six strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.
Marshall's Miranda Fischer was saddled with the loss, despite striking out 11 batters and walking just one batter.
Watertown, S.D., 4
Marshall used one run apiece in the fifth and sixth innings to help earn a 5-4 win against Watertown in its final game of the day.
Ashley Bernardy had a triple in the game as she went 2-for-3 from the plate and Abby Blanchette was 1-for-2 with an RBI double.
Graff started the game in the pitching circle, but took a ball off the shin and recorded two strikeouts before Fischer came in and pitched the final four innings. She struck out six against just one walk.
Sleepy Eye 3-5
SLEEPY EYE - The Wabasso softball team took two games from Sleepy Eye on Saturday, winning 13-3 in five innings of Game 1 and 6-5 in Game 2.
In the first game, Wabasso scored 11 of its 13 total runs in the third inning and were lead by Erin Liebl's four RBI as she went 3-for-3 from the plate with two doubles and scored two runs.
The Rabbits also had RBI from Ally Benz, Becky Franta and Callie Rohlik.
Rohlik also went the full five innings on the mound and picked up the win. She allwed three runs, all earned, on three hits and had five strikeouts.
The Rabbits squeaked by the Indians in game two thanks to a seventh-inning rally that all came with two outs.
Rohlik provided the offensive highlights in this one as she went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Liebl, and Jennie Wotschke both scored runs for the Rabbits as they went 2-for-3 from the plate
Benz pitched four and one third innings and gave up four runs against four strikeouts. Rohlik pitched the final 2 2/3 innings and struck out three to pick up the win.
Wabasso improved to 9-5 and will take on Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. today.
TRACY - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton was swept in a Camden doubleheader Saturday, losing Game 1 3-2 and Game 2 11-7.
Kelsey Nordsiden went 2-for-3 with a triple in the Game 1 loss. She also scored a run and drove in another for the only two Panther runs in the game.
Kylie Lessman threw 5 innings in the loss, with Lexi Tauer tossing two innings of relief work.
Game 2 saw a better offensive performance, but it wasn't enough for the Panthers to overcome the Wolverines, losing 11-7.
Sara Stoneberg led the offensive charge by going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI. Nordsiden added two doubles in the game.
The Panthers return to action today as they host Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.
LQPV/DB captures two WCC Championships
MONTEVIDEO - The 2014 West Central Conference Championships in boys tennis took place on Saturday.
Jess Hanson of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd won the first singles championship, defeating Alberto Sainz of Benson.
In the second bracket, Eli Weber of LQPV/DB defeated Carter Lamont of Minnewaska Area for third place.
Trevor Sigdahl of LQPV/DB took third place in the next bracket, defeating Cody Speh of Yellow Medicine East 6-2, 6-1.
In the final singles match, YME's Matthew Virnig lost to Eric Holcum of Benson in the championship round 6-3, 2-6 (10-6). Hunter Olson took third for LQPV/DB, defeating Mitch Kwilinski of Montevideo.
In the first doubles bracket, YME's James DeJager and Ammon Bennett lost to Kain Matthies and Keith Abraham of LQPV/DB in the third-place match, 6-2, 0-6 (10-5).
LQPV/DB's Cody McKesson and Dalton Kostad lost in the championship match of the second doubles bracket. Ryan Borstad and Conrad Matthies won the championship for LQPV/DB in the final bracket.
GRANITE FALLS - Yellow Medicine East fell in both games of a double header to Bird Island-Olivia-Lake Lillian District on Saturday. They lost the first game 17-1 and the second in a high scoring affair 21-11. In game one, Paige Larson and Morgan Flann combined to go 5-for-8 from the plate and drive in eight runs for BOLD. Larson had two doubles to go with one from Flann. They also got RBI from Emily Gass, Lauren Kopel, Taylor Sagedahl, Kiah Morse, Bailey Ebert and Allison Krause. The Sting's lone RBI cam from Allie Zieske on an RBI double. Hailey Enstad also recorded a double.
Flann picked up the win for the Warriors while Mariah Norell took the loss.
In game two, Larson lead BOLD offensively with five RBI as she went 4-for-5 from the plate and had two doubles and a home run to go with four runs scored.
The Warriors also got doubles from Elsa Skeie and Morse. Morse had three RBI to go with one from Skeie.
On the YME side, Marissa Sneller went 1-for-4, but it was a big hit. She drove in three with a triple to record three RBI while Megan Odegard, Madie Haggert and Zieske all had one each.
Jordan Glad finished with three RBI as well, as she went 1-for-2 with a double. Enstad finished 1-for-2 with a double as well and scored two runs.
BOLD 17, YME 1
Hitting: BOLD (Larson 3-for-4, two doubles, four RBI, two runs; Flann 2-for-4, double, four RBI, two runs; Weis 2-for-4, double, run; Gass 1-for-5, two RBI , two runs; Sagedahl 1-for-1, RBI; Lauren Kopel 1-for-4, RBI, two runs; Morse 2-for-4, RBI, two runs; Ebert 2-for-4, RBI, three runs; Krause 1-for-3, RBI, two runs; ) YME (Zieske 1-for-2, double, RBI; Enstad 1-for-3, double; Odegard 1-for-3; Norell 1-for-3, Sorenson 0-2, run).
BOLD 21, YME 11
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Hitting: BOLD (Larson 4-for-5, HR, two doubles, five RBI, four runs; Krause 2-for-4, three RBI, two runs; Skeie 1-for-5, double, RBI; run; Morse 2-for-5, three RBI, two runs; Weis 3-for-5, RBI, two runs; Gass 4-for-5, RBI, run; Flann 0-for-1, RBI) YME (Sneller 1-for-4, triple, three RBI; Zieske 1-for-3, double, RBI, run; Enstad 1-for-2, double, two runs; Haggert 1-for-2, RBI, run; Odegard 2-for-3, RBI, run)
Pitching: BOLD (Kopel 5-6-9-9-5-2; Flann 1-3-2-1-0-2) YME (Norell 4-11-9-8-0-2; Enstad 1 1/3-9-11-5-0-1; Glad ?-1-1-0-0-0).
Lady Elks win home meet, E-LB boys end up second
ELKTON, S.D. - Elkton-Lake Benton hosted the Running Elk Track Meet Saturday and the girls came away with a first-place finish, scoring 121 points while the boys finished second with a total of 132 points. Chester Area took first place on the boys side with a total of 134 points.
On the girls side, ELB received first-place finishes from Dabrisha Stephens in the 100-meter dash and Lexy Lynn in the long jump. The Lady Elks' 1,600-sprint medley team also took first place.
Stephens' time in the 100 dash of 12.73 seconds set a new Class B record for the meet. Lynn tallied a distance of 16-feet, 1/2-inch in the long jump and the sprint medley team clocked 4:42.83.
Hendricks also partipated in the meet and finished 10th with seven total points.
Greta Johnson took fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 19.13 seconds to earn four points while taking sixth in the pole vault with a distance of 6-9 earn three points.
On the boys side, ELB won four events on the way to their second-place finish.
Justin Sudtelgte won both the 1,600 (4:59.93) and 3,200 (11:01.00) runs to lead the Elks. Trevan Farnham was the other individual to finish first on Saturday, winning the triple jump with a leap of 42-0.
The Elks also had a first-place finish in the 800 relay (1:36.73).
SMSU men place 12th, women 13th at NSIC meet
WINONA - The Southwest Minnesota State men's and women's track and field teams finished the two-day NSIC Championships on Saturday at Paul Giel Field.
The SMSU men's team finished 12th with 20 points, while the SMSU women's team recorded three points for a 13th-place finish. Minnesota State won the men's team title with 177 points, while the University of Mary won the women's title with 169.3 points.
It was the first NSIC championship SMSU has competed in since the program was reinstated in 2013.
The SMSU men's team was led by Alejandro Sanchez who recorded a second-place finish in the 800-meter run in 1:51.58 and helped the ?Mustangs earn eight points.
Austin LaFollette earned four points with a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 400 hurdles in 54.54 seconds.
Ben Tonsager recorded a sixth-place mark in the shot put with a throw of 15.34 meters to help SMSU score three points, while Alex Weis earned five team points with a fourth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 45.65 meters.
O.J. Ojullu also advanced to the finals of the 1500 run and finished 10th in 4:07.16.
Rylee Armstrong scored the three points for the women's team with a sixth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 11.14 meters.
Hadley 9, Tracy 1
HADLEY - The Hadley Buttermakers earned a 9-1 win over the Tracy Express on Sunday.
Hadley was led by Max Zwart, who had three RBI, and Nick Bruning, who had two doubles. Chris Halbur also had a solid day at the plate for Hadley, tallying double and a triple.
Tylan Gylling had the lone RBI for the Express, which could only muster three hits. Jordan Lanoue also had a base hit in the game.
Sam Erickson pitched a strong seventh innings for the Buttermakers, recording eight strikeouts against two walks.
Adrian Area 4, TMB 0
TRACY - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton fell 4-0 to Adrian Area on Saturday. Adrian Area got a strong pitching performance from Tony Sieve, who allowed just four hits and struck out eight while walking just two in his full seven innings of work.
Jordan Bertrand contributed two RBI for Adrian Area while they also got RBI from Ian Ruppert and Michael Pruess.
Derek Larson, Brady Lanoue, Riley Steffes and Ben Johnson recorded the hits for the Panthers.
Taylor Carlson got the start on the mound ands threw five innings as he struck out six and walked three. Three of the four runs allowed were earned. Larson pitched the final two in relief and struck out one batter.
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Hitting: Adrian Area ( Bullerman-Diekmann 2-for-3, double, run; Bertrand 1-for-4, two RBI; Rupert 1-for-3, RBI; Price 1-for-3, RBI) TMB (Larson 1-for-3, Lanoue 1-for-3, Steffes 1-for-3, Johnson 1-for-2)
Pitching: Adrian Area (Sieve 7-4-0-0-2-8) TMB (Carlson 5-6-4-3-3-6; Larson 2-1-0-0-0-0-1)
Madison 6, Minneota 5
MINNEOTA - The Minneota Mudhens fell to the Madison Mallards on Sunday, losing 6-5. Matt Enger powered the Mallards offensively, as he had four RBI and recorded a double. Avan Kells also added an RBI for Madison, hitting a home run in the first innings.
Derek Buysse hit in two runs, as he went 2-for-5 with a double and Jesus Macias added an RBI of his own. Minneota also got hits from Jason Myhre, Justin Greenwood and Doug Mead.
Danny Hennen pitched six innings for Minneota and struck out six while walking none and allowed three runs on three hits. Cal Swedzinski pitched the final three and recorded one strikeout and two walks. He was saddled with the loss.
Colby Siegert was the winning pitcher for Madison, earning the win in relief. He pitched 1 1/3 and had no strikeouts and one walk. Sam Haas picked up the save.
Minneota fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Hitting: Minneota (D. Buysse 2-for-5, double, two RBI; J. Macias 4-for-4, RBI; J.Myhre 2-for-5, double; D. Mean 1-for-4, two runs) Madison (Kells 2-for-5, home run, double, RBI Enger 2-for-4, four RBI; Haas 2-for-4, two runs; Flickinger 2-for-4, Seigert 1-for-4, two runs)
Pitching: Minneota (D. Hennen (L) 6-3-3-5-0-6; C. Swedzinski 3-3-3-4-2-1) Madison (Olson 4-0-0-3-0-1; Morken 1 2/3-3-0-2-4-1; Siegert (W) 1 1/3-2-2-3-1-0; Haas (S) 2-0-0-2-2-2).