PREP SOFTBALL: MCC, Wabasso alive in Class A
COTTONWOOD – Area teams Murray County Central and Wabasso survived to compete another day in the Section 3A softball tournament Saturday in Cottonwood, while the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks fell twice and were eliminated from the playoffs.
Mckenzie Schmitz pounded an RBI single through the infield to lead MCC to lead MCC to a 4-3 win over Springfield in the bottom of the 10th inning.
“It was a good feeling, especially since I’ve been struggling a little bit all day,” Schmitz said. “It wasn’t my best day (at the plate), but that last hit felt really good. We were getting tired, but we all wanted to win, so that kept us going.”
Winning pitcher Kristi Bose started the rally in the 10th with a lead-off single to right field. After a fielder’s choice on Abbey Lee’s at-bat, Lissa Carlson set up the winning play with a single of her own.
“That was a big win,” Bose said. “I thought we pulled together and realized that this could be our last game. We realized there are no second chances.”
Trailing 3-2, McKenna Schreier blasted a double to center, advanced to third on a groundout from Brooklyne Miller and then scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
KMS 8, MCC 7
No. 3 south seed MCC nearly pulled off a seventh-inning comeback in the semifinals against undefeated No. 1 North seed Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Saturday, but the Rebels eventually fell 8-7.
The Fighting Saints scored five runs on two hits and one error in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-1 lead over MCC.
In the top of the sixth, Lee reached first on an error, scoring a Rebel run in the process.
In the seventh, Schreier, Miller and Jade Giese loaded up the bases for MCC on a KMS error, a single and a walk. Kenda Blomgren then drove in two runs with a base hit, followed by Bose’s two RBI triple. Carlson reached on an error, recording the fifth run of the inning for the Rebels, but a courtesy runner was tagged out the next play, ending MCC’s rally.
“The girls battled all day, even with KMS,” MCC coach James Wajer said. “We were down and I think it was important to get that momentum going at the end of the KMS game.”
Bose struck out five, walked eight and hit three with a pitch in the game against the Fighting Saints, but stepped up her intensity in the second game against the Tigers.
“It was good pitching, which you have to have at this stage in the game to stay in it,” Wajer said. “It’s tough to play back-to-back after a loss, but Bose is strong. She was off a little bit (Saturday), but she still battled and that’s what seniors are supposed to do. We also had a senior come through at the end of the 10th inning. That’s what you expect seniors to do and they rose to the occasion.”
Against KMS, Miller went 3-for-3 with a double for MCC, while Blomgren was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Angela Dahlgren, Giese, Bose and Carlson added a hit apiece in the loss.
The Rebels (13-10 overall) face Wabasso (14-8 overall) at 4 p.m. today in Cottonwood.
Wabasso 12, MACCRAY 0
No. 2 south seed Wabasso kept alive Saturday by hammering MACCRAY 12-0 in six innings, followed by an 8-6 win against No. 2 north seed Dawson-Boyd.
Alison Benz went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Rabbits, while Jennifer Rohlik was 3-for-4 and Becky Franta was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Callie Rohlik went 1-for-3 with an RBI and collected the win in the circle, striking out nine Wolverine batters and giving up two hits, no runs and no walks.
With the win, Wabasso advanced to take on Dawson-Boyd, who fell 10-5 in the semifinals against No. 1 south seed Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian.
Wabasso 6, Dawson-Boyd 4
The Rabbits jumped out to a quick lead, putting up three runs in the bottom of the first inning behind hits from Franta, Erin Liebl and Janessa Baune, a walk drawn by Jennifer Rohlik and a sacrifice from Morgan Frank.
After giving up a walk in the top of the second, Callie Frank sat down three straight Blackjack batters.
Wabasso added another run in the bottom of the second after Jennie Wotschke walked, was advanced by Franta’s sacrifice and driven home on a single from Liebl. The Rabbits also put up a run in the third and the fifth.
Dawson-Boyd picked up its first run in the third, helped by a walk, two errors and a wild pitch.
The Blackjacks rallied in the top of the seventh, leading off the inning with a Kylie Schuelke walk. After a strikeout, Sadie Zaiser reached on an error and Alyssa Strand singled. Then, Nicole Jurgenson pounded a two RBI double to left-center field.
Wabasso shut down Dawson-Boyd’s comeback attempt on the next two plays, with Callie Rohlik earning her 11th strikeout of the game and Franta putting out a runner at first.
Liebl finished the game batting 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Franta was 2-for-3. Baune, Callie Rohlik and Wotschke added a hit apiece.
With the win, Wabasso earned the right to take on MCC at 4 p.m. today, with the winner of that game advancing to play Edgerton/SWC at 5:30 p.m. in Cottonwood.
KMS 10, Dawson-Boyd 5
The Blackjacks left nine runners on base in the 10-5 loss against the Flying Dutchmen. Zaiser and Lee went 2-for-4 to lead the team, while Angela Haugen was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Jurgenson, Helena Olson, Sydney Giese, Flattum and Strand each added a hit.
“We just played a little sloppy, left some runners on and let them get a couple of runs right away,” Nevins said. “That just set the tone a little bit.”
Edgerton/SWC fell 9-2 against KMS in the final round of the undefeated teams and will play the winner of the MCC / Wabasso game at 5:30 p.m. today. That winner will face KMS for the subsection championship at 4 p.m. Thursday in Cottonwood.
We’ve had innings where one inning just kills us,” Rohlik said. “So we just need to take each inning at a time. That’s the key.”
Blackjack coach John Nevins said the season was a bittersweet one.
“We have nothing to hang our heads about,” Nevins said. “It’s been a good season. But it’s the third year we’ve come down here, sitting in the winner’s bracket, and we’re going home. We just didn’t play our best ball. And what we’re really sad about now is that we lose a lot of seniors.”
Flattum, Zaiser, Jurgenson and Brooke Franzky played a lot of softball for Dawson-Boyd (15-6 overall), Nevins said.
“It’s hard to see them done,” he said.