Lourdes vs. Annandale Class AA Quarterfinal

Lourdes senior Linda O'Connell (3) is all smiles as she makes her way to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during a State Class AA quarterfinal softball game against Annandale on Thursday at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Lourdes beat Annandale 8-6 to advance to the semifinals.

FIRST REPORT

 SOFTBALL

Final score: Lourdes 8, Annandale 6 on Thursday at Caswell Park in North Mankato

What happened: Trailing 3-2 in the Class AA state quarterfinal game, Lourdes scored six times in the bottom of the fifth for an 8-3 lead and then survived a three-run rally by Annandale in the top of the seventh.

What it means: Lourdes, the No. 2 seed, advances to the state semifinals at 5 p.m. Thursday to take on No. 3 seed Pipestone.

Records: Lourdes improves to 23-3; Annandale drops to 17-9.

THURSDAY’S STARS:

* Senior Linda O'Connell got the offense going for Lourdes with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third to tie the score at 2-2.

* Freshman Elizabeth Pike had two hits in Lourdes' six-run fifth inning to put the Eagles up 8-3. She started the inning with a single and scored and then ended it with an RBI single to plate the Eagles' final run of the inning.
 
* Ashley Krom snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run single with two outs in the fifth. The Eagles added three more runs in the inning.

BOX SCORE

Lourdes 8, Annandale 6

Annandale 002 010 3 -- 6 8 3

Lourdes     002 060 x -- 8 9 2

ANNANDALE: Emmarie Yeager 3-for-4, 1 3B, 2 R; Faith Thrun 2-for-3, 1 R; Josey Marquette 2-for-4, 2 RBI; Jennah Groth 1-for-4, 2 RBI; Morgan Jones 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI; Alison Helget 1-for-2, 2 R. Pitchers: Paige Fasching 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; Morgan Jones 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

LOURDES: Margaret Rogers 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R; Alyssa Ustby 1-for-4; Ashley Krom 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 1 R; Anna Taylor 1-for-3, 1 RBI; Karin Hayford 1-for-3, 1 RBI; Elizabeth Pike 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R; Veronica Taylor 1-for-2; Sonya Schroeder 2 R; Linda O'Connell 1-for-2, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R. Pitcher: Anna Taylor (WP) 7 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.

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

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