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6A softball: Ashby's season ends in Norby's final game

The Ashby softball team ended its season with a 2-12 record after a 6-2 road loss to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross in the first round of the Section 6A tournament on Tuesday night in Wheaton.

The Arrows recorded five hits in head coach Kandace Norby's final game with the Ashby softball program.

Norby will be moving on to teach second grade in Underwood, while Ashby assistant and JV coach Chad Koep will take the helm next spring.

"I will miss coaching for the Ashby Arrows; the support from our community was second to none. [Chad's] JV team went undefeated this year and will be a great coach for our varsity girls. They will be a fun team to watch in the future years," Norby said. "Our seniors, Kerstyn Schroeder, Taylor Koefod, Sami Johansen and Katie Anderson will be greatly missed, but left their team with great memories. They were players that were looked up to from all the girls in the K-12 Ashby school."

Eighth-grader Maycee Tolifson earned the complete-game win for the Warriors with seven strikeouts and only the two runs allowed.

Wheaton-Herman-Norcross scored five runs on five hits in the second inning to take control early. Kilee Blume led off the frame with a bunt single and stole second, followed by a walk to Kennedi Wright.

Macee Libbesmeier laced a single to left, but Blume was tagged out attempting to score from second on a relay from Kalista Aamot to Johansen to Hannah Ras.

A base hit by Haley Johnson loaded the bases before Taryn Kemper doubled to drive home a pair of runs. Koefod loaded the bases with another walk and following a force out at home, Alley Wilt was hit by a pitch to put the Warriors up 3-0. Tolifson added to her strong pitching performance with a two-run opposite field single to push the lead to 5-0.

Koefod faced 32 batters in six innings, allowing seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts for Ashby.

She added a pair of hits offensively, while Johansen, Makenzie Ecker and Josie Ness all collected hits.

Schroeder scored and was walked once and Riley Zastrow added a pair of walks and a run scored.

"Taylor pitched her last game today as an Ashby Arrow and had one of her best games of the season. She kept us in the game defensively and offensively," Norby said. "The girls fought hard today, but the second inning proved too much for us to catch up with Wheaton scoring five runs. We had runners on base, but just couldn't bring them into home plate. The game was exciting to watch every inning with great plays made from both teams."


ASHBY 000 200 0 — 2

WHN 050 010 X — 6

ASHBY PITCHING — T. Koefod — L, 6IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 6SO

WHN PITCHING — Tolifson — W, 7IP, 2R, 2ER, 7SO

ASHBY OFFENSE — T. Koefod — 2 hits; Ecker — 1 hit, 2B, HBP; Johansen — 1 hit; Ness — 1 hit; Schroeder — 1 run, BB; Zastrow — 1 run, 2 BB; Courtney Koefod — BB; Ras — HBP

Will Benson

Will Benson is the sports reporter for the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2015 and is a Minnesota native, but grew up living in Iowa City, Iowa for 12 years. You can follow him on Twitter at WillBensonEP.