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Huskies’ dream season comes to an end at state

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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 4:47 pm

Thirty-two teams representing the eight section winners of Class A, AA, AAA and AAAA took the fields at Caswell Park in North Mankato on June 6 for the opening rounds of the State Softball Tournament.

The Section 5A winner Isle Huskies were in the field with seven other Class A teams, including South Ridge, New York Mills, Badger/GB-MR, Waterville-Elysian-Morris town, Randolph, New Ulm Cathedral and Edgerton/SW Christian. 

The unseeded Huskies were scheduled to take on the second-seeded Randolph Rockets in the first round at 1 p.m. The Huskies lost 10-2 to the Rockets and were thrust into a consolation-bracket game against New Ulm Cathedral in the evening. Cathedral won in a rout, 18-1, in a game called after four innings because of the 15-run rule.

Isle finished the season with an overall record of 18-5.

Edgerton/SW Christian won the Class A title with a 4-1 win over Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in the finals.

Randolph

The Randolph Rockets, champions of Section 4A, took on the Isle Huskies, champs of Section 5A, in the opening round of the Class A State Softball Tournament on June 6. Because Randolph was seeded second in the tourney and Isle was not even seeded, a win by Isle would have been a grand upset.

Isle gave Randolph a scare early on when 9th-grader Jill Thompson, the Huskies starting pitcher, retired the first six batters she faced and the Huskies entered the top of the third inning tied, 0-0. The Huskies then dealt the Rockets another jolt when senior Grace Carlson slammed a two-run homer over deep right-centerfield to put her team up, 2-0.

But there was a reason Randolph took a 22-2 record into the tourney, and they showed their prowess in the bottom of the third when they parlayed four hits and a walk into four runs. 

Isle errors, mental and physical, played a part in allowing Randolph to score runs in the final three innings, leading to a 10-2 win for the Rockets.

Randolph finished the game scoring 10 runs on 10 hits while walking two and having six batters strike out against Isle pitching.

Isle had two runs on six hits, walked once and the Rockets’ pitcher Morgyn Otte struck out nine Huskies. Thompson got the loss, but six of Randolph’s 10 runs were unearned.

Isle 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 

Randolph  0 0 4 1 2 3 -- 10

New Ulm Cathedral

The unseeded New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds, a loser to 3rd-seeded Edgerton, met the unseeded Isle Huskies in the second round of the state softball tournament on June 6. A loss by either team would mean the end of their tournament ride.

On a hot and sultry 90-degree evening, the Huskies succumbed to outstanding pitching from several Cathedral hurlers and some solid batting from the New Ulm line-up on the way to an 18-1 thumping in a game called after four innings because of the 15-run rule.

New Ulm had built a 16-0 lead after two innings, scoring seven runs in the first inning when they sent 11 batters to the plate, knocked out six hits and took advantage of several Huskies’ errors.

Isle loaded the bases in their half of the first innings, but failed to score.

New Ulm came back with another big scoring inning in the top of the second when they sent 15 batters to the plate, scoring nine times on five hits and taking advantage of several more Isle errors.

Isle starter Carly Gallion left the game midway through the second inning after giving up 15 runs, but just five of the 15 runs scored by the Greyhounds were earned.

Isle finished the game with just three hits, one each from Gallion, Rachael Horsch and Anna Bayerle.

New Ulm scored 18 runs on 12 hits. 

Seven errors by Isle did not help their cause.

 

New Ulm 7 9 0 2 -- --  18 

Isle 0 0 1 0 -- --  1

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