An early look at two of the favorites in the upcoming Section 3AA girls softball tournament takes place today when Redwood Valley travels to Pipestone Area for a huge SWC twinbill.
The defending SWC champion Cardinals (10-1) have their first chance to exact some revenge against the unbeaten Arrows (8-0) who ended their season one year ago and would go on to claim the Section title.
Both teams enter the game with perfect 6-0 marks in conference play, and the outcome of the two-game set could go along way to determining who is going to walk away with the SWC championship.
Redwood Valley has a veteran pitcher in senior Sam Felt. The Cardinal ace has been outstanding through 11 games, going 10-1 with a no-hitter.
The Arrows have two solid starters in twins Tasia and Tiffany Woelber.
Pipestone Area Head Coach Troy Bouman and the Cards’ Markus Okeson are two of the best in the area, and both have veteran squads hungry for a SWC title.
Monday afternoon the Cardinals – whose only loss was a rare 3-2 defeat against St. James – grabbed an early 3-0 lead at Minneota/Canby-Lincoln HI and cruised to a 7-0 win.
Felt stymied the Viking hitters – allowing just two hits and striking out 10 in the shutout victory.
Ashley Bunting continued her torrid offensive pace, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Alison?Curry had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, and Steph Jensen went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI.
Felt had a double and an RBI, Tara Sandgren was 1-for-4 with an?RBI, Julia Busiahn was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Carlee?Heiling went 1-for-3.
Redwood Valley 7
WP: Felt (10-1): LP:?Kelsey Tolk; 3B: Jensen, Curry; 2B: Felt, Busiahn