Spring Grove/Caledonia completed its softball post-season run last week playing twice on Friday in St. Charles and once the following Tuesday at Austin's Todd Park.

SG/C began the third round of play (sub-section finals) ranked No. 10 in the state and exited the tourney at section five days later with a loss to No. 5 Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

After reaching the section tournament for a fourth straight year, SG/C closed the season at 17-3. The girls won 3 and dropped 2 during postseason play in exceptionally strong Section 1AA.

SG/C vs. Cotter, May 23

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In the sub-section championship, Cotter broke open a 2-2 tie in the top of the extra-inning eighth frame driving in 10 runs en route to a 12-4 win over SG/C.

The Ramblers (16-6) bunched 6 of their 9 hits together when it mattered during that decisive inning sending SG/C to the one-loss bracket of the double elimination tourney.

SG/C did rally in the bottom of the eighth as Sophia Augedahl smacked her second double of the game for one RBI and Mackenzie Denstad smashed another two-bagger for a second run.

SG/C had defeated Cotter 2-1 during the regular season.

LOB: SG/C 8, WC 6

Stolen bases: SG/C 1, WC 1

Pitchers: SG/C

(LP) Bratland 7.0 IP, 11R (6 ER), 7H, 11K, 5W

Sophia Augedahl 1.0 IP, 1R (1 ER), 2H, 0K, 0W

Pitchers: WC

(WP) Nachtigal 6.2 IP, 4R (2 ER), 8H, 8K, 5W

Dieterman 1.1 IP, 0R, 0H, 2K, 0W

Extra-base hits: SG/C 3 doubles, WC double

Hits - SG/C: Taylor Augedahl 1-4, sb; Lottie Augedahl 2-4, 2 runs; Sophia Augedahl 2-4, run, 2 doubles, 2 RBI; Denstad 2-4, RBI; Bearbower 1-4

Hits - WC: Bowlin 1-3, 2 runs; Nachtigal 2-4, RBI; Kosel 1-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Spiten 1-4, RBI; Nelton 2-5, run, RBI, sb; Marg 1-4, run, RBI; Weifenbach 1-3, run

SG/C vs. P-E-M, May 23

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A third-inning home run gave Plainview-Elgin-Millville a brief lead in the second game of the night for both teams, but SG/C quickly set things straight by driving in eight runs before the Bulldogs got to bat again. SG/C went on to win 8-4.

The hit of the night came from Denstad who smashed a three RBI home run for SG/C.

P-E-M (16-7) rallied in the sixth scoring three runs on one hit, three walks, and a pair of errors, but could not close the gap as the Bulldogs exited tourney play.

SG/C thus became one of four teams advancing to the section tournament.

LOB: SG/C 9, PEM 8

Stolen bases: SG/C 0, PEM 1


(WP) Bratland 7.0 IP, 4R (1 ER), 5H, 9K, 3W

(LP) H. Gudmundson 6.0 IP, 8R (4 ER), 11H, 1K, 4W

Extra-base hits: SG/C 2 doubles, home run; PEM home run

Hits - SG/C: Rusert 1-4, run, RBI; Lottie Augedahl 2-4, dbl, run, RBI; Bratland 1-3; Sophia Augedahl 2-4, run, RBI; Anderson 1-4, 3 runs; Denstad 1-4, run, home run, 3 RBI; Doering 1-4, run, double; Bearbower 2-2, run,

Hits - PEM: Paige Gudmundson 2-4, 2 RBI; Haley Gudmundson 2-3, run, home run, RBI; Stamschor 1-4

SG/C vs. Z-M, May 27

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SG/C lost its final tournament game 2-0 to state-ranked (No. 5) Zumbrota-Mazeppa whose only previous tournament loss had occurred at the hands the No. 1 ranked team in the state, Kasson-Mantorville. The K-M Komets went on to win the section tourney two days later punching their ticket to state.

Both SG/C and Z-M (20-3) arrived at Section 1AA as sub-section runners-up meaning they each already had one loss in the double elimination format.

SC/C scattered base runners in four different innings but had the tying run in scoring position (runners on second and third) in the seventh with two outs.

But error-free play and good pitching secured the victory for the Cougars. It was only the second time this season that SG/C has been held scoreless and their third loss of the year.

Z-M pitcher Morgan Olson scored both runs and helped herself with the only multiple-base hit of the game, a fifth-inning triple. She also led off in the first and reached third base on a series of errors before being thrown out at the plate.

The defensive play of the game came in the sixth when right fielder Lauren Rusert made a great sprinting grab while racing toward the foul line.

LOB: SG/C 5, ZM 5

Stolen bases: none


(LP) Bratland 6.0 IP, 2R (2 ER), 6H, 4K, 0W

(WP) Olson 7.0 IP, 0R, 3H, 7K, 3W

Extra-base hits: SG/C none, Z-M triple

Hits - SG/C: Bratland 1-3; Lottie Augedahl 1-3; Doering 1-3

Hits - Z-M: Olson 1-3, 2 runs, triple; Gehrke 1-3, RBI; Mort 1-3; Dykes 2-3; Matkuska 1-2.