No. 5 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River pulled off a second upset of the day taking out the two-time defending Class A state champions from New York Mills 8-4 in the last game of a busy day at the Minnesota state softball tournament in North Mankato.
Both teams had to wait out of two-hour delay due to games running late with the 7 p.m. scheduled game starting after 9 p.m.
After a slow start offensively for both teams, the Gators struck first with a single run in the bottom of the third. NY Mills answered immediately when Annika Frost bunted to bring home Tiffany Thompson to tie the game in the top of the fourth.
Lauren Kvien belted her second home run of the season to give BGMR a 2-1 lead.
Gator catcher Jacey Wojchowski gave BGMR some cushion on the scoreboard with a two-RBI double in a three-run fifth inning for a 5-1 lead. The Gators’ defense stymied a bases-loaded situation with an inning-ending double play.
The Eagles put the first two batters on base in the sixth. Salo doubled, followed by a bloop single by Thompson and a bunt turned missed fielder’s choice by Frost loaded the bags. Sierra Gerber drove a big hit over the left fielder and off the fence to clear the bases and cut the lead to 5-4.
Gerber reached third but the Gators kept the ball in the infield to escape the inning with the lead.
BGMR rallied to build the lead again. Ella Heggedal doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and scored on a Mariah Christian single. The Gators loaded the bases with a 6-4 lead with no out. Wojchowski gave the Gators some insurance with a two-RBI single, her fourth RBI of the game and a 8-4 lead heading to the seventh.
NY Mills had runners on the corners with one away in their final at-bats but the Gator defense completed a third double play of the game to complete the upset.
Sophomore Mariah Christian picked up the victory handing NY Mills’ starter Tiffany Thompson her first loss of the season.
Defense was crucial for both teams. While the Gators were working out of jams, the Eagles committed three errors leading to three unearned runs.
BGMR improved to 22-4 and will face the No.3 Edgerton-Southwest Minnesota Christian Flying Dutchmen (19-5) for the championship. The Gators have only one senior and one junior on the team with seventh and eighth graders in the lineup.
NY Mills (24-3) plays No. 2 Randolph (23-3) in the third place game Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m.
The Eagles defeated South Ridge 6-1 in the quarterfinal round.
Thompson was 3-3 at the plate and scored two runs. She pitched a complete game allowing one earned run on four hits striking out eight and walking three.
First baseman Christenson was 3-4 with two RBI.