Lourdes vs. Norwood-Young America Class AA Championship

Lourdes freshman Elizabeth Pike hits a double during the State Class AA  championship game against Norwood-Young America on Friday at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Lourdes won 10-1 to win the state championship.

FIRST REPORT

STATE SOFTBALL

Final score: Lourdes 10, Norwood-Young America 1 on Friday at Caswell Park in North Mankato in the Class AA state championship game.

What happened: Lourdes won a state championship in its first ever state appearance in softball. The Eagles scored seven runs in the third inning to roll past top-seeded Norwood-Young America.

What it means: Lourdes, the No. 2 seed, caps its dream season with a  25-3 record.

FRIDAY’S STARS:

* Senior pitcher Anna Taylor pitched a five-hitter and held the hard-hitting Raiders to a single run. She struck out nine and did not issue a walk.

* Senior Katie Virgin went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

* Freshman Elizabeth Pike went 3-for-3 and had a two-run double during Lourdes' seven-run third inning.
 
* Senior Margaret Rogers went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
 
* Karin Hayford hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for the Eagles.
 
* Players named to the All-Tournament team from Lourdes included Taylor, Pike, senior Linda O'Connell and junior Alyssa Ustby.

BOX SCORE

Lourdes 10, Norwood-Young America 1

Lourdes    007 120 0 -- 10 16 3

N-Y.A.      000 010 0 --    1  5 2

No. 2 LOURDES: Margaret Rogers 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R; Alyssa Ustby 1-for-3, 2 R; Katie Virgin 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 R; Ashley Krom 1 R; Anna Taylor 2-for-4, 1 RBI; Karin Hayford 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI; Elizabeth Pike 3-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R; Veronica Taylor 2-for-4, 1 RBI; Linda O'Connell 1 R; Claire Creighton 1-for-1, 1 R; Sonya Schroeder 1-for-2. Pitcher: Anna Taylor (WP) 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.

No. 3 NORWOOD-YOUNG AMERICA: Leah Crown 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 R; Kennedy Pexa 1-for-2, 1 RBI. Pitchers: Sadie Erickson (LP) 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K; Auna Hallquist 4 1/3 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.

A full game story will be posted at PostBulletin.com later tonight.

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