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Softball: Eagles earn shot at consolation championship

Kaitlyn Kane throws out a runner from her knees. Joseph Denton/Forum News Service

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – New York Mills advanced to the consolation championship at the Minnesota Class 1A state softball tournament Thursday with 4-1 victory over Browerville.

Third baseman Lydia Irons batted 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the Eagles.

Four players drove in a single run for New York Mills.

The Eagles built a 2-0 lead after the third inning and added on runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Earlier, the Eagles gave up five first-inning runs and suffered a 13-0 loss to New Ulm Cathedral in Thursday’s first round.

In New York Mills’ first-round game, starting pitcher Autumn Roberts faced a bases-loaded situation with no outs in the first inning. Anne Schwarz, boasting a .507 batting average, drove in two runs with a single up the middle to give Cathedral a 3-0 lead. McKenna Berdan followed that with her own two-run single to make it 5-0.

Three New York Mills’ errors in the second inning helped Cathedral build its lead to 7-0.

Roberts tried to get things going offensively in the bottom of the third with a one-out single to left. After a pop up to second and a hit up the middle, senior catcher McKenna Roberts grounded out to second to end the inning and the scoring chance.

For the Eagles’ final attempt to cut the lead under 10 runs in the final inning, New York Mills left two runners on base.

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Mohr, Krzmarzick (4) and Pfaff. A. Roberts, R. Roberts (6) and M. Roberts. W–Krzmarzick. L–A. Roberts.

Consolation round

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A. Roberts and M. Roberts. Hegseth and Buhl; Aksamit. W–A. Roberts. L–Hegseth.

Story by Joseph Denton/Forum News Service