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Waubun U-12 team takes state silver

The Waubun U-12 softball team members are: Sydney Bly, Molly Mertens, Mackena Spaeth, Brittany Lefebvre, Ryah Opsahl, Raeanna Conner, Nahayla Londo, Nicole Swedberg, Liz Reich, Emily Olsen, Rylee McArthur, Sofia Bly. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Waubun U-12 girls’ fast pitch softball team placed second at the Minnesota class D/REC  state tournament held in Buffalo, July 26-27.

The Lady Bombers came out strong beating one of the host Buffalo teams in their opener 10-1.

A big first inning in game two versus Dassel-Cokato was enough as the Bombers held on for a 4-1 victory.

Game three pitted Waubun against a good Cloquet team, and after a five-hour wait between games, the Bombers were handed their first loss 10-0, placing the girls into the losers’ bracket, and making the road to the finals a long one.

Up next was Delano, Saturday night at 7:45 p.m. and the Bomber girls were ready to go home as the girls put up 15 runs, nine in the third inning to eliminate Delano, 15-4, sending Waubun in to the second day of the tournament.

Buffalo, the team Waubun beat in the opening game won the rest of their games on Saturday giving them a second chance, however, the Bombers came out strong again scoring 11 runs and eliminating Buffalo from competition, 11-2.

Waubun’s next opponent in the double elimination tournament was Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, a team that the girls split four games with during the regular season, and DGF won the league championship.

The Bomber girls were not to be denied, scoring four runs in the third inning and knocking off favored DGF 5-2 and eliminating them from the tournament.

The Bombers’ next opponent was Cloquet, the only team to beat them in the tournament and a team the girls wanted to face again to prove that they were better than that first meeting showed.

Using great defense and some timely hitting, the Lady Bombers did just that, winning 9-1 in convincing fashion to advance them to the semi-final game against a very good team in Maple Lake.

In the semifinals, the Bombers got out to a 2-1 lead after one inning.

Each of the teams scored one run in the second inning making it a 3-2 game until the Waubun scored two more times to take a 5-2 lead.

The Bombers gave up two runs in the last inning and with runners on with two outs got a big strike-out to end the game putting them into the Championship game against Annandale.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning you could see fatigue setting in as the girls seem to lose a step and it looked as though the effects of playing nine games, (five in row) were setting in.

The final score of the championship game was 14-2 ending the Bombers’ season as State runner-up.