Milaca’s drive through the softball playoffs came to an end Tuesday, May 28, as the Wolves lost twice in the Section 6AA Tournament at Waite Park.
Staples-Motley topped the Wolves 8-6 and Pequot Lakes brought Milaca’s 2013 season to a close 13-3. Pequot Lakes advanced to the Class A State Tournament by trimming Staples-Motley twice, 1-0 and 4-0 Thursday, May 30.
“We lost to two very good teams,” said Milaca Coach Randy Johnson. “I was not surprised to see Pequot Lakes come back and defeat Staples-Motley twice for the section title. It has a sound team with an excellent pitcher.”
Two runs in the first inning and four more in the second gave Staples-Motley an early 6-0 edge. But, the Wolves roared back with six runs in the fifth inning before the Cardinals scored the winning runs in the sixth inning.
Junior Jessica Hohnwaldt, sophomore Kristina Loegering and junior Natalie Bernard got things rolling for Milaca in the sixth inning. Senior Sadie Hunt followed with a single, senior Sara Warren doubled and sophomore Megan Bremer singled.
Bernard led an 11-hit attack as she went 3-for-4, with a triple and two singles. Loegering, Hunt, Bremer, Warren, sophomore Alex Ploeger, sophomore Rachel Airhart, Hohnwaldt and sophomore Makenzie Horrigan each had a single.
Warren pitched the first two and one-third innings while sophomore Hannah Johnson pitched the final four and two-thirds innings. Johnson notched eight strikeouts.
The Wolves led Pequot Lakes 3-2 after four innings before PL rallied with three runs in the fifth inning, seven in the sixth and a solo run in the seventh inning.
Warren and Johnson had back-to-back doubles in the fourth inning and Bremer singled to drive in Johnson with the third run.
“We started out well but we had a bad sixth inning,” said coach Johnson.
Hannah Johnson started and took the loss, allowing 10 hits and six runs while striking out four over six and two-thirds innings. Warren pitched one-third inning, allowing seven runs.
Four Pequot Lakes runs were unearned.
Milaca reached the Section 6AA Tournament by winning the sub-section meet with a 3-0 record. The Wolves finished with a 10-10 record.