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SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK Timely hitting,

key fielding play boosts Lourdes to win

Rochester Lourdes won a Hiawatha Valley League softball game Thursday at Cannon Falls with big defensive plays and timely hits.

Lourdes won 2-0 as Taylor Johnson tossed the shutout with eight strikeouts.

Both Lourdes runs came in the top of the fourth. Rachel Lindor reached base on a one-out error. Megan Tiegs followed with a double to score Lindor, and then Megan Miller doubled to score Tiegs for the game's only runs.

Cannon Falls had two of its four hits in the bottom of the seventh inning and mounted a threat. Erica Anderson got on base for the Bombers and stole second, then tried for another swipe.

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Anderson slid safely into third base as the throw sailed over her head and she then decided to head for home. On the play at the plate, Tiegs threw from left field to the catcher Angie Duda and cut down Anderson trying to score.

Shelby Hyllengren was 2-for-3 with a stolen base for the Bombers.

East sweeps Mayo

The Rochester Mayo softball team didn't bring enough offense to Mankato on Thursday and lost both games of a Big Nine Conference doubleheader at Mankato East.

Mankato East won both games by the same score, 3-1. The Cougars are still unbeaten. Mayo is 7-7, 5-6 in the Big Nine Conference.

"We feel we are seeing progress and continue with our goal of getting ready for the sections," said Mayo coach Steve Riles.

Mayo managed only two hits in the first game, and five hits in the second game. East had five hits in the opener, and six in the nightcap. Brittany Rathbun pitched the first game for Mayo, and Shelly Monahan pitched the second.

Laura Fulton had both Mayo hits and one RBI in the first game. She singled in Monahan in the sixth inning, after Monahan reached on an error.

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Megan Linbo and Kari Orth had two hits each in the second game. Linbo stole a base and scored a run.

JM loses 2 to Winona

John Marshall lost twice to Winona, falling 4-1 in the first game of a doubleheader and dropping the second game 8-4.

JM's Amada Severson and Jenny Sornberger each went 2-for-3 in the first game. One of Severson's hits was a double. Kari Swancutt went 3-for-3 with a double in the second game.

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