Section 6AA Softball: Little Falls rallies late to move on, Pierz and Holdingford shut out in first round

Recaps from Tuesday’s first round of the Section 6AA playoffs:

 

No. 5 Little Falls 4, No. 4 Albany 2

Little Falls was having trouble with its offense.

Then, all of a sudden, it wasn’t.

After trailing 1-0 after five innings, and down to what could have been the final six outs of their season, the Flyers had five batters in a row reach to produce four quick runs in the top of the sixth inning, stunning host Albany 4-2 in Tuesday’s Sub-Section 6AA East opener.

Senior Sierra Virnig drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a base hit by senior Alea Cekalla, then scored on an RBI single by junior Mikayla Gottwalt to level the score at 1-1.

With runners at the corners, Gottwalt stole second, enabling a base hit by freshman Chelsea Moran to bring in two more runs and give Little Falls its first lead at 3-1.

Junior Katelynn Kanieski added an insurance run with an RBI single, which proved valuable as the Huskies ended the game with the tying run on base.

Little Falls turned in a strong defensive effort behind starting pitcher Cekalla, committing only one error while converting 20 of the team’s 21 outs.

Cekalla and Gottwalt both finished with two hits, with sophomore Jordan Schuett, Moran, Kanieski and Gold each adding one.

 

No. 3 Rocori 7, No. 6 Pierz 0

Rocori senior starting pitcher Kassidy Klaphake was simply untouchable, Tuesday, firing a perfect game as the host third-seeded Spartans topped sixth-seeded Pierz 7-0.

Pierz managed to hang around for the first half of the game, only trailing 1-0 after three and a half innings.

But Rocori put the game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, then sealed the win with another two in the bottom of the fifth.

Pierz finished the season with a record of 3-13.

Seniors on this year’s roster were Lynn Funk, Lea Uzalac, Paige Reardon and Tiara Hopkins.

 

No. 1 St. Cloud Cathedral 19, No. 8 Holdingford 0

St. Cloud Cathedral proved worthy of the top seed in the first round, shutting out eighth-seeded visiting Holdingford 19-0 in five innings.

The Huskers finished the season with a record of 1-14.

Seniors on this year’s roster were Joelle Ertl, Hannah Peterson, Sara Grebinoski, Sam Maciej, Rachel Hanson, Kinzie Dockendorf, Ashley Junker, Cortney Kostreba and Billie Jo Czeck.

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