All season long, Avery Steffen has pitched extremely well for Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Against Pine Island on Monday, Steffen was at her best.
The Cougars spotted Steffen a run in the third to take a 1-0 lead. It was all she needed. Steffen struck out 11 batters and walked two in a no-hit shutout of the Panthers in the Section 1AA playoff opener.
The Cougars added on in the fifth, plating three runs. Makayla Arendt, Rylee Schliep, Megan Johnson and Natalye Quam each drove in a run for the Cougars.
Cotter 1, Lake City 0
Playing in the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs, the Lake City softball team gave Cotter a battle on Monday. Neither team scored a run until the bottom of the seventh when Cotter’s Hailey Biesanz drove in Abree Dieterman to win the game 1-0.
Tiger pitcher Ashley Thieren did her best to match the pitching of Cotter’s Isabel Northrup. Northrup struck out 13 batters and allowed only two baserunners -- both walks -- in a no-hit effort. Thieren allowed four hits and two walks through 6 1/3 innings.
Randolph 21, Cristo Rey Jesuit 0 (four innings)
Randolph got off to a fast start offensively and never looked back in its first-round, Section 4A playoff game on Monday. The Rockets scored 10 runs in the first inning, five in the second and six more in the third.
Nearly every Rocket scored at least once. Kenna Otte and Cheyann Freundschuh each scored three runs. Emily Davis drove in three and Morgyn Otte drove in two runs.
Morgyn Otte and Lindsey Sundby kept Cristo Rey Jesuit out of the hit column, combining for 10 strikeouts.
The Lake City softball team fell in its first game at the Lake City Invite to the eventual invite winner, St. Anthony Village 5-0 on Saturday.
The Tigers were held to five hits. Jamee Norland collected two of those hits. Nora Baer and Elyse Dalager each had a hit. Deonna Jostock took the loss in the circle, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two batters.
The Tigers played a familiar foe in the consolation-Kenyon-Wanamingo. Thanks to a three-run first inning, the Tigers beat the Knights 5-1.
Baer went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and scored a run to lead the Tigers. Olivia Morrisey had a hit and scored a run. Ashley Thieren earned the win by holding the Knights to a single run on nine hits and three walks.