By PATRICK SLACK
After rallying twice from two runs down to prolong the contest, junior Kaelin Smieja ended it with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving Upsala an 8-7 win over visiting West Central Area, Tuesday.
The Cardinals came up with two runs in the seventh and ninth to set up Smieja’s game-winning shot.
Senior Alissa Zehrer went 3-for-5 and also hit a homer, while sophomore Mariah Prokott pitched all 10 innings to earn the win.
Cardinals split with LPGE, fall twice to Browerville
Upsala bounced back from a 16-5 defeat in game one to visiting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE), May 9, to record a 9-5 win and a split in the finale of a Prairie Conference doubleheader.
Zehrer, Smieja and junior Katie Ripplinger all went 2-for-3 for the Cardinals in the opening game.
Sophomore Abby Maciej went 2-for-4 in game two, with sophomore Kristin Wuebkers notching the win.
Upsala suffered a pair of shutout defeats at Browerville, May 10, falling 13-0 and 4-0 to the Tigers.
Royalton drops four games
Royalton closed in on the end of the regular season with four grueling games, falling 19-10 to visiting Pillager, May 10, 8-5 to visiting Isle, Monday, and 10-1 and 15-4 at Browerville, Tuesday.
The Royals nearly pulled off a spectacular comeback against Pillager, regrouping after falling behind 13-0 to close within three at 13-10, but the Huskies scored six unanswered down the stretch to pull away with the win.
Freshman Kayla Eli went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs and junior Jacquline Nichols doubled, homered and knocked in two.
Junior Brandi Smekofske added two hits, two runs and two RBIs.
Nichols put together another big game against Isle, going 3-for-4 with a double and another home run, with senior Kalee Petron, junior Katelyn Kasella and sophomore Haley Olson each picking up two hits.
Eagle Valley thwarts Swanville with late rally
Swanville took a four-run lead into the sixth inning, but host Eagle Valley came up with eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally past the Bulldogs 14-10, Monday.
Junior Jackie Panek and freshman Ellie Koetter each had two hits for Swanville.
“This game was ours,” Swanville head coach Tom Bzdok said. “We had one bad inning in which both the pitching and the fielding didn’t come through for us and it cost us the game.”