Softball: Eagles lose a heartbreaker in 6A final
SEBEKA -- Some teams simply have another's number, as was proven the case in the Section 6A final between Sebeka and New York Mills in Sebeka Thursday.
Sebeka freshman right fielder Natalie Stiles jacked a walk-off three-run home run in the Trojans' last at-bat to erase a 2-0 Eagles' lead and advance to the state tournament.
Autumn Roberts allowed only six hits, issued no walks and fanned four to take the tough loss.
Roberts was a mainstay on the rubber for the Eagles all season and single-handedly was involved in the vast majority of NY Mills' 17 victories.
Junior Brett Brockpahler got the win for the Trojans allowing two runs on four hits. She walked one batter and struck out five.
Both pitchers recorded complete games.
Roberts got the Eagles on the board in the first inning getting on base with a double and scoring on a double by Brittany Lee. Roberts was 2-3 at the plate, accounting for half of the Eagles' four hits.
Lee's double was her only hit of the game. Brooklyn Frost got the Eagles fourth hit in the fifth inning.
EmaLeigh Roberts added, what appeared to be, a welcome insurance run when she scored NY Mills' only other run in the top half of the sixth to bump the lead to two runs.
Roberts struck out Brockpahler for the first out of the seventh with two on base.
Shelby Pulju and Aleashia Rathcke were first and second base to score the tying runs ahead of Stiles' home run.
Half of the Eagles eight losses came at the hands of the Trojans.
Sebeka won all four by two runs or less: a pair of 6-4 wins, a 5-4 victory and Thursday's walk-off one-run win.
Sebeka (21-4) will play Section 4 winner New Life Academy of Woodbury (16-6) at Caswell Park in Mankato June 7 at 1 p.m.