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Alex softball takes fifth at state

The Alexandria U16 softball team includes (front, left to right) Courtney Bitzan, Gretchen Watkins, Amanda Haack, Anna Lee and Kaila Dewanz. Second row, left to right, Maddie Revering, Jan Roste, Liz Schultz, Amy Jost and Karsen Granning. Back, left to right, coach Dean Dropik, Carly Dropik, Bria Schueler and coach Jeff Dewanz. (Contributed photo)

The Alexandria U16 softball team wrapped up a strong season by taking fifth out of 24 teams at the Class C state tournament in Chanhassen recently.

The girls won games against Mounds View, Chaska-Chanhassen and Hermantown, while falling to eventual state champion Champlin Park and Centennial.

They also won the West Central League championship this summer, taking down the Sauk Centre 17U team 5-2 behind a 3-for-3 day from Jana Roste. They beat the Osakis U17 team in the opening round of that tournament behind a combined four hits and five RBIs from Courtney Bitzan and Amy Jost.


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It took extra innings in the fifth and final game of the state tournament, but Centennial scored five runs in the eight to secure a 5-1 win.

Kaila Dewanz pitched 7 1/3 innings for Alexandria. The first seven of those were scoreless as the two teams ended regulation in a scoreless tie.

The teams went to international rules in extra innings as a girl stated on second base. Centennial used that to start a five-run frame, and Alexandria could only answer with one. Bria Schueler worked the final 2/3 of an inning in relief of Dewanz.


Alexandria battled back from down two in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off as a 3-2 winner over Hermantown in game four.

Anna Lee provided the hit as she sent a double over the center fielder's head to drive in Roste with the winning run. Roste had delivered a two-RBI single to tie the game in the previous at-bat after Dewanz singled and Carly Dropik doubled to start the inning.

Schueler tossed a three-hitter to pick up the win with Lee as her catcher.



Alexandria controlled their game against Chaska-Chanhassen behind a three-hitter from Dewanz.

Schueler went 2-for-3 with two runs, while Dropik also scored twice to lead the offense. Courtney Bitzan, Karsen Granning, Lee, Roste and Dewanz all singled, as well.



Champlin Park grabbed an early lead and never looked back in Alexandria's second game of the state tournament.

They scored four in the first and three more in the second as Alexandria collected just five hits in the game.

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It was Alexandria that used some early runs to take control in their opening game against Mounds View.

Dropik got things going with a two-run home run in the first that scored Dewanz. Roste then added a three-run homer to left field in the second inning. Schueler went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Bitzan added a double.

That was plenty of run support for Dewanz, who tossed a three-hitter.