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Glenn Pursley, Published May 28 2013

Hawley defeats top seed again at section softball

FRAZEE, Minn. – Being able to beat the No. 1 seed in a tournament is a huge accomplishment for any team.

Hawley has done it twice.

Jody Noreen gave up only two hits and struck out 10 as the No. 4-seeded Nuggets beat top-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 9-2 on Tuesday at the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 girls softball tournament.

The Nuggets had previously beaten the Rebels in the first round of the tournament 5-2.

“Obviously, they are a huge rival of ours,” head coach Anita Heier said. “To beat them once is just awesome, but to beat them a second time. … I don’t know. I can’t explain it.”

What was a close game heading into the seventh inning turned lopsided in the Nuggets’ favor.

Third baseman Paige Welter-Jegtvig started a rally that would produce six runs and seven of the team’s nine hits. Darby Olson and Brittany Laddusaw had back-to-back, run-scoring hits, and Noreen would follow with a two-run double that put the Nuggets up 8-2.

“We knew coming in that our bats had been struggling a little bit,” Noreen said. “But we had total confidence in our complete lineup. It was close all the way through, and Paige started us with a spark and it just flew.”

The Rebels’ only runs came in the third inning.

Sydney Honek started the inning with a leadoff single for D-G-F and Keasha Molstre followed with a double to right field. The throw to third flew past the defender and allowed runners to advance and Honek to cross the plate. Three batters later, Mackenzie Dukleth would hit a sacrifice fly to put the Rebels up 2-0.

But Noreen found her groove in the fourth and retired the next 13 batters to pick up eight strikeouts and advance to the final against Fergus Falls.

“We are very familiar with Fergus Falls,” Heier said. “We need to stay confident and positive on the offensive side.”

The Otters earned a spot in the final with a 10-0 win over Thief River Falls after five innings.

H 000 102 6– 9 9 1

DGF 002 000 0– 2 2 0

Noreen and Kerr. Dukleth and Johnson. W–Noreen. L–Dukleth.

TRF 000 00 – 0 1 0

FF 301 33 – 10 11 4

Jones, Amundson (6) and Martinson. Knudson and Boese. W–Knudson. L–Amundson.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Glenn Pursley at (701) 241-5549