After winning the sub-section crown, the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball team ran into some tough sledding at the section tournament, and wound up as the third place team.

The gals lost their first game to Kenyon-Wanamingo, 2-0, and then lost the elimination game to Chatfield, 6-1. The back-to-back games were played Thursday at Austin.

The Lady Falcons ended the season with a 15-5 record, second place in the Three Rivers - South, East 1A champions, and Section 1A bronze-medalists.

Hits hard to find vs. K-W

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro could only come up with one hit in the loss to the Knights, a second inning lead-off single by Megan Hendrickson. Kenyon-Wanamingo pitcher Kailee Berquam struck out 15 Falcon batters. FC/L only had two other base-runners in the game: Morgan Malley (walked in the third and was stranded at second) and Hendrickson (reached on an error in the fourth, but was thrown out at second trying to advance after an errant throw).

Malley was on the mound for the Falcons, going six full innings. She gave up six hits, two runs (both earned) and three walks. Malley struck out seven K-W batters.

Kenyon-Wanamingo scored both of its runs in the fifth inning on three consecutive singles.

"I thought this might be a low scoring game," said coach Tris Tollefson, "as both teams had excellent pitchers. Offensively, we struggled! Megan Hendrickson picked up the only hit for us. We had a couple chances, but Kailee Berquam, the pitcher, did a good job of shutting us down. Morgan Malley pitched another terrific game. She kept us in the game, as she had done all year long."

FC/L 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-1-1, LOB 2

K-W 0-0-0-0-2-0-x = 2-6-1, LOB 9

Gophers eliminate Falcons

Chatfield eliminated a rematch chance with the Knights, out-scoring the Falcons 6-1, and out-hitting the locals, 9-2.

Once again the offense struggled, as FC/L could only come up with a pair of hits, one each for Taylor Sprenger and Steph Erickson.

The Lady Falcons left two runners on in the first, one on in the second when they scored their only run, two more were stranded in the fourth inning and one more in the sixth.

Four of Chatfield's six runs came in the third inning. Malley, pitching her second game that day, had a very uncharacteristic outing, giving up two hits, walking one and hitting two Gopher batters. Overall, Malley gave up nine hits, six runs (two earned), walked one, hit two batters and struck out six.

The Lady Falcons only run came in the third inning on back-to-back singles by Sprenger and Erickson.

"Chatfield came out swinging the bats and put pressure on our defense," said coach Tollefson. "We couldn't come up with the big hit when we had some opportunities."

Chatfield1-0-4-0-1-0-0 = 6-9-2, LOB 6

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 1-2-2, LOB 6

Malley named all-state

Malley, star pitcher for the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball team, was named to the first team, all-state softball team, by the Minnesota Fast Pitch Coaches Association