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AREA SOFTBALL:: Ponies win; Knights, Redbirds fall hard
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ARGYLE - Monticello tripped up Argyle by scoring four runs in the top of the ninth inning to take home a 5-1 softball win Tuesday.

Argyle took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but the Ponies evened the score in the fourth. In the ninth, Orioles pitcher Kelsey Bartels walked the leadoff batter.

"Then we had an error and they picked up a few hits," Argyle softball head coach Heidi Ganshert said. "It was a good game by everybody."

Mary Hershberger got the win for the Ponies, striking out 11 hitters, while allowing just two walks and five hits. Bartels struck out 12 and walked four and gave up six hits.

Becky Nelson was 2-for-4 for Monticello. Kelsey Ostby was 3-4 and Jodi Fischer had a triple.

Waterloo 10, New Glarus 0

WATERLOO - Showing signs of life, the Knights (0-17) went into the sixth inning for the second time this season. The first time was a 10-0 loss to Wisconsin Heights back on April 16.

Waterloo scored three runs in the first inning, two in the third and four in the fourth. New Glarus held Waterloo to 11 hits. The Knights had a pair of hits at the dish, including a double by Kourtney Edler, and committed four errors. Starter Maegan Roselein had three strikeouts and four walks on the hill for New Glarus.

Parkview 6, Brodhead 5

ORFORDVILLE - The Cardinals lost a one-run lead in the eighth inning against the Vikings.

Brodhead took a 4-2 lead after a two-run fourth inning, but Parkview tied the score in the sixth. In the eighth, the Cardinals scored a run in the top half of the inning before losing the game by giving up two runs in the bottom half.

Erika Stampfli struck out 11 hitters, while allowing 10 hits and seven walks. Brodhead committed two errors. Tia Collins was 3-4 and Jorden Riese had a double. The Cardinals had nine hits, walked four times, and could not take advantage of five Parkview errors.

Pecatonica 7, Albany 2

BLANCHARDVILLE - Pecatonica had four players with multiple hits as the Vikings hit their way past Albany.

Pecatonica sophomore Ellie Gifford, who was 2-for-4, hit an RBI double in the third to give the Vikings the lead. Fellow sophomore Maggie Marion (2-for-4) came through with an RBI single to give the Vikings a 2-0 advantage.

Pecatonica senior Abby Smith-Krause, who went 2-for-3, gave the Vikings a 3-0 lead when she scored on a passed ball. Junior Cassie Swenson added an RBI single in the fourth to give the Vikings a 4-0 lead.

Pecatonica senior Kristin Johnson went 2-for-4 and Gifford had two RBI for the Vikings. With the win, the Vikings improve to 6-13, 5-6.

Pecatonica junior Kaci Cassidy pitched a complete game and gave up just two runs. She struck out eight, walked six and hit three.

"I know it sounds basic, we put the ball in play," Pecatonica coach Chuck Meyer said. "We have been having trouble with that lately."

Albany junior Katie Sutherland went 2-for-3 for the Comets. Freshman Katie Krupke pitched seven innings for the Comets and gave up seven runs. She struck out six and walked three.

Southwestern 19, Darlington 5

DARLINGTON - The short handed Darlington softball team was no match for Southwestern in a 19-5 loss.

Southwestern scored at least one run every inning and broke the game open with a five-run sixth and seventh.

Southwestern pounded out 24 hits against Darlington pitchers Allison Taylor and Laura Steiner.

"They hit the ball hard," Darlington coach Rebecca Norgard said. "We're going with injured pitchers and people out of position."

Taylor pitched 4 1/3 innings and struck out one.

Kari Blosch went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Redbirds. Courtney McBee hit a double and Taylor had a triple.