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Alex softball wins home invitational

The Alexandria softball team won its home invitational tournament on Saturday after winning two close games on walk-off hits.

The Cardinals defeated Maple Lake 5-4 in its first game and Brandon Valley by the same score later in the day.

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The Cardinals needed extra innings to pick up the victory over Maple Lake as Anna Lee drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

They added two runs in the first, one in the third and one in the fourth to lead 4-0 after six innings. But Maple Lake answered with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to extend the game into extra innings. Both teams were held scoreless in the eighth inning before Alexandria ended things in the ninth.

Taylor Ellingson pitched all nine innings of the game, allowing seven hits, four earned runs and picking up 11 strikeouts.

Ellingson also led the Cardinals’ offense by going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, three walks and two runs scored. Lee and Jana Roste each drove in an RBI.


The Cardinals scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Brandon Valley, South Dakota.

Carly Dropik was the hero for the Cardinals as she ended the game by knocking in three runs with an inside-the-park home run. Brandon Valley led 4-2 heading into the seventh inning.

Bria Schueler picked up the win for the Cardinals after tossing two scoreless innings in relief of starting pitcher Kaila Dewanz. Brandon Valley scored four runs through five innings with Dewanz on the mound, although only one run was earned.

Dropik led the Cardinals’ offense in the game, going 2-for-4 with five RBIs and one run scored.

With the victories, Alexandria is now 7-5 overall this season.


MAPLE LAKE 000 000 400 – 4 7 2

ALEXANDRIA 201 100 001 – 5 11 2

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Taylor Ellingson – W, 9IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 11K

ALEXANDRIA HITTING – Sarah Bruzek – 1-4; Kaila Dewanz – 3-5, 3 runs; Taylor Ellingson – 2-2, 3BB, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Carly Dropik – 1-5; Jana Roste – 2-4, RBI; Anna Lee – 2-5, RBI; Emily Kuennen – 0-4; Ellie Ronning – 0-3, BB, run; Courtney Bitzan – 0-3

BRANDON VALLEY 000 040 0 – 4 8 3

ALEXANDRIA 000 020 3 – 5 8 3

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Kaila Dewanz – 5IP, 7H, 4R, 1ER, 0BB, 1SO; Bria Schueler – 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 0SO

ALEXANDRIA HITTING – Sarah Bruzek – 0-3, 2 runs, BB; Kaila Dewanz – 1-3, 1BB; Taylor Ellingson – 1-4, run; Carly Dropik – 2-4, run, 5 RBIs; Jana Roste – 1-3; Anna Lee – 1-2; Emily Kuennen – 0-2; Amy Jost – 1-3; Emma Ziegler – 1-3, run

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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