The Mahtomedi Zephyrs jumped on Detroit Lakes early in a 13-4 victory to advance to the Class AAA consolation championship game of the Minnesota Class AAA state softball tournament in North Mankato Thursday, June 6.
Eight different Zephyr batter scored in the game, five coming home two times each building a 9-1 lead after two innings of play. While the Lakers’ opening game was a chore in trying to solve tough pitching, Mahtomedi came out swinging.
The Lakers manufactured their first run of the tournament in the bottom of the second.
Dakota Moran and Taylor Prussia walked with two outs setting up a Sara Freeman RBI single that brought home courtesy runner Emma Coley running for Moran.
A four-run fourth inning by Mahtomedi put the Zephyrs within a run of bringing the 10-run rule into effect. Madilyn Kirchner ended the frame with a strikeout, one of her four in the game. The Lakers held Mahtomedi off the scoreboard the remainder of contest.
Trailing 13-1, singles by Mercedez Bellanger, Autumn Kulik, Taylor Prussia and Laken Weaver combined with a wild pitch and a Zephyr error led to three Lakers runs in the fourth inning.
The only multi-run inning of the tournament ended with Freeman caught at the third base bag after Mahtomedi foiled a double steal attempt.
Weaver and Freeman were each 1-3 with a RBI.
Megan Nuebeck led Mahtomedi going 3-5 with two runs and three RBI.
The teams combined for seven errors in the field, five by Detroit Lakes.
The Lakers finished the season with a record of 17-8.
The Zephyrs (14-9-1) will face Benilde-St. Margaret's (17-9) Friday at 9 a.m. at Caswell Park.
MA 360 400 0 - 13 16 2
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WP: Haley Rosenthal, LP: Madilyn Kirchner