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LP-A Softball: Raiders go deep in playoffs, but fall short

Lake Park-Audubon’s Paige Hovelson applies the tag on Brandon-Evansville’s Alea Alstead during the Section 6-1A playoffs Tuesday in Pelican Rapids. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

The 2013 season came to an end for the Lake Park-Audubon softball team after a nice journey through the Section 6-1A playoffs.

The Raiders finished their season with a respectable 13-7 record, after losing to top-seeded New York Mills (21-2) Tuesday 9-0 in Pelican Rapids.

LP-A advanced through the playoffs to the final four, before losing to the Eagles.

“I’m proud of the girls for what they accomplished this season,” said LP-A head coach Bryan Anderson. “I thought we were a little underseeded (No. 5) heading into the playoffs, but we came out and proved we were a pretty good team.”

The Raiders toppled No. 2 Brandon-Evansville 9-6 in the first game of the elimination round Tuesday, after jumping out to a commanding 7-0 advantage through five innings.

The Chargers were able to delve into the deficit a bit, cutting the lead down to 7-4 after three LP-A errors lead to four unearned runs.

“We came out hitting well and playing lights out,” Anderson said. “But then our youth kind of kicked in late and we fell asleep and let them back in it.”

But the Raiders persevered through the seventh inning, as senior pitcher Maegan Anderson had 11 strikeouts on the Chargers, along with just two earned runs.

Anderson also led the charge at the plate by going 2-4 with three RBIs, while Laina Nelson went 2-3 with three RBIs.

Cheyanne Nelson also was on target with a 3-5 game and Sierra Omvig finished 2-3.

The Eagles cuffed the Raiders’ bats in the second game, though, allowing just two hits.

Maegan Anderson was able to strike out five and allowed four earned runs in the loss.

“We played New York Mills three times this season and every time was the same story, we just made too many mistakes,” Bryan Anderson said. “With a team like Mills, you can’t make many mistakes, because they’ll make you pay.”

The No. 2 Frazee Lady Hornets and No. 1 New York Mills will face off in the elimination game Thursday in Pelican Rapids at 3 p.m.

The winner will advance to the Section 6-1A championship game, where they will face No. 5 Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, in which the Raiders will have to lose twice.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.