The Pequot Lakes’ 16-under fast-pitch softball team finished second at the ASA/MMFL Class C, Tier 4 state tournament on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, in Chanhassen.
Pequot Lakes lost to Minnesota Heat 6-0 in the opening round, but came back to win seven straight games to earn a matchup against Champlin Park for the championship. Pequot Lakes lost that game 7-3 in six innings to finish second.
“It was nice to win seven in a row to get to the championship, but then we just ran out of gas,” said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent. “In the past three years we finished second, first and second at state. That’s a pretty good showing.”
Pequot Lakes opened with a 6-0 loss to Champlin Park despite pitcher Katie White allowing just three hits while striking out seven.
Pequot Lakes then started a streak of wins. They beat Blaine 3-0 as White struck out 11 and Emilee Buell was 2-for-3. Pequot Lakes defeated Hastings 5-1 as Miller was 3-4, Wiebolt 2-4 and White, Crocker and Buell going 2-3. Crocker also had three RBI and Buell drove in two runs.
Pequot Lakes shut out the Twin Cities North Stars 4-0 as White had five strikeouts and Wiebolt and Miller each had two hits. Pequot Lakes blanked Big Lake (A) 7-0 as White had six strikeouts and Wiebolt, Miller and White each were 2-4. Wiebolt also scored three runs while Buell was 2-3 with three RBI. Pequot Lakes again downed Big Lake (B) 5-3 as Wiebolt and Miller were 2-3 and Buell drove in two runs.
Pequot Lakes shutout Centennial 4-0 as Wiebolt doubled and tripled, Katie White added two hits and Liz Anderson had two RBI. Pequot Lakes earned a rematch in the title game by beating the Minnesota Heat 2-0 as Wiebolt, White and Galligan were each 2-3. Pequot Lakes had three runners thrown out at home.
In the championship game, White finished with four strikeouts while Miller and Maddison Galligan each had two hits and Wiebolt had two RBI. Wiebolt doubled in two runs to cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth inning.
“Katie pitched all 62 innings of the tournament, and finished with 47 strikeouts,” Sergent said. “Maddison Galligan also caught all but two innings.
“It was a good experience for the girls, and I thank Katie (White) for her leadership with our young team. We also played some great defense.”
PL beats PR-B
Pequot Lakes ended its regular season with an 11-3 win over Pine River-Backus in seven innings on Wednesday, July 17.
White pitched shutout ball and allowed just two hits while striking out nine in the first four innings. Crocker pitched the final three innings for Pequot Lakes. PR-B ended the shutout by scoring twice in the sixth inning on three walks and two hits. PR-B added two more hits to score in the seventh. Crocker allowed four hits and three walks while striking out three.
Pequot Lakes led 2-0 after the first inning behind three walks, a double by Wiebolt and an RBI single by Crocker. Pequot Lakes then scored seven times in the second inning with the aid of six walks and hit by Crocker and Megan Nelson. Pequot Lakes added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. They scored in the fifth as Nelson singled and later scored on a fielder’s choice, and the final run came one inning later when Galligan walked and scored on Erin Rudbeck’s double.
Pequot Lakes had just eight hits, but took advantage of 15 walks for the win. Wiebolt was 2-for-3 and Nelson and Crocker were 2-for-4. Crocker and Whitney Marchwick both had two RBI.