Holding just a slim 2-1 lead going into the top of the fifth, Zumbrota-Mazeppa got a spark thanks to a three-run home run by Lydia Wagner. The rout was on for the Cougars, who put up 13 runs in the frame for a 15-1 five-inning Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday in La Crescent.

Morgan Olson had three hits, including a double, and six Z-M players finished with two hits. Carley Henning got the win in the circle, striking out three and allowing just three hits in five innings.

Now at 4-0, the Cougars host a four-team tournament today in Zumbrota.