Martin Co. West clinches Valley Conference softball crown

WELCOME — The Martin County West Mavericks clinched the Valley Conference softball championship on Tuesday.

Alyssa Williamson fired a complete game, while the Maverick offense pounded out a dozen hits to pace a 7-2 conference victory over the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights at Fox Lake Area Sports Complex in Welcome.

Williamson allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five in seven innings of work to earn the victory.

Williamson helped her own cause at the plate with three hits, including a triple, and one RBI. Madison Klima produced two hits with two runs scored for the Mavericks, while Karlee Thiesse had two hits and an RBI. Emily Dunlop added a hit and an RBI for MCW.

Olivia Tanke pitched four innings for LCWM and gave up five runs on nine hits, three walks and a hit batter, while collecting two strikeouts to take the loss.

Jaci Schultz pitched the final two innings for the Knights, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out four.

McKenzie Luebesmier had three hits for LCWM and Ava Snow had a double.

Martin County West (9-5, 6-1 Valley) plays host to Heron Lake Okabena/Fulda at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Welcome.

LCWM 000 200 0 — 2 7 3

MCW 101 302 x — 7 12 0

Alyssa Williamson (WP) and Madison Klima. Livia Tanke (LP), Jacie Schultz (5) and Ava Snow.

New Ulm 4, Fairmont 0 — Ace right-hander Ashlyn Donner fired a one-hit shutout and teammate Nora Windschill blasted a three-run home run to power the Eagles to a Big South Conference victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night in New Ulm.

Donner recorded a game-best 14 strikeouts and issued two bases-on-balls in seven scoreless innings to earn the complete-game victory.

Fairmont’s Cambrie Anderson spoiled Donner’s no-hit bid with a first-inning single.

Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Windschill launched a three-run HR over the fence to provide Donner with vital offensive insurance.

Cardinal ace hurler Jordan Ehlert allowed four runs — two earned — on three hits, struck out five and walked three in six innings of work to absorb the loss.

Fairmont (5-13) awaits the results of the Section 2AA tournament seeding meeting for its first-round playoff game.

New Ulm (14-1, 11-1) plays host to Pipestone Area for the Big South Conference championship on Thursday.

New Ulm edged Fairmont, 4-1, in junior varsity action Tuesday.

Emma Gudahl went 2-for-3 to top the Cardinals, Thalia Fernandez went 1-for-2, while Abby Sunken walked and scored the visitors’ only run.

Kaitlyn Freese registered seven strikeouts in handling Fairmont’s pitching duties.

Marshall 11-1, Blue Earth Area 0-6 — The host Tigers captured the opening game of Tuesday’s Big South Conference twinbill by an 11-0, five-inning decision before the Bucs rallied for a 6-1 win in the nightcap in Marshall.

Madison Wegner hurled a no-hitter to power Marshall to the run-rule win in Game 1. Wegner struck out four and issued four walks in five frames pitched to earn the complete-game win.

Lauren Madetzke fired a six-hit complete-game gem to power the Bucs’ five-run triumph in Game 2. Madetzke allowed one unearned run, struck out six and issued only one walk in seven innings of work.

Madetzke also wielded lethal lumber by going 3-for-4 with one RBI, while teammate Carla Leyva went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and scored two runs.

McKenna Dutton contributed two hits and one RBI to the Bucs’ victory, while teammate Sydney Blagg supplied a run-scoring single.

Blue Earth Area (4-13) awaits the results of the Section 2AA tournament seeding meeting for its first-round playoff game.

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