Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley played extra innings with the softball season on the line in the opening game of Sectional 37 at Wabash on Monday. With three runs in the top of the 9th, Rochester broke a 3-all tie and then held on for a 6-3 quarterfinal win and a berth in Tuesday’s semifinal.
Rochester avenged a regular season conference loss to Tippecanoe Valley.
Rochester banged out 11 hits and was helped by the Vikings defense which committed six errors.
Emma Howdeshell, Kylie Coleman, Sydney Haughs and Mia Howdeshell each had two hits for Rochester. Haughs accounted for two RBI while Mia Howdeshell drove in one.
Mia Howdeshell earned the pitching win with a nine inning performance. She surrendered only three earned runs on nine hits and managed to work around seven walks.
Tippecanoe Valley (18-8) had only one player record multiple hits. Madi Smith reached base four times on a walk and 3-for-4 at the plate. Junior Corinna Stiles homered and drove in two.
Macy Kirchenstein went the distance and took the loss. She gave up 11 hits and six runs, four of which were earned.
Rochester (9-10) plays Whitko (7-12) in a Tuesday semifinal. In the bottom half of the bracket, Lewis Cass (10-12) will play Wabash (4-17) for a berth in Thursday’s sectional championship.
The quarterfinals went as could be expected at the 1A Sectional 52 site at North Miami.
#3 Caston (18-4) rolled to a 17-0 win over Southwood. The Comets scored all of their runs in the first four innings and advanced to tonight’s semifinal against North White (11-12).
Caston used two pitchers. Kinzie Mollenkopf pitched three innings and had seven strikeouts while walking none and giving up just one hit. Addison Zimpleman pitched two innings in relief with three strikeouts. She also gave up just one hit and walked no one.
Offensively for Caston, Annie Harsh was 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and two RBI. Mollenkopf turned in a 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and an RBI.
Maddi Smith was 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI.
In the other half of the North Miami bracket, West Central shut out Northfield, 13-0. 8th-ranked West Central will play North Miami (16-9) in the other Tuesday semifinal.