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West Central pounds Lynx for Class B softball title
By By Tom Savage
For the Challenger

October 15. 2013 3:10PM
It’s been quite a week for West Central’s Libby Goertel.

Named West Central’s homecoming queen Monday, Goertel’s three-run home run helped propel the Trojans to their second straight Class B state title with a 13-0 drubbing of Brandon Valley at Sherman Park on Sunday. The Trojans won in just three innings after ending the game via the mercy rule.

“It was a very good week; the best week ever. It’s been a great senior year so far,” Goertel said. “I knew that was my pitch when she threw it. My face lit up when I saw it coming.”

The Trojans went to work right away, plating six runs in the first. West Central roughed up Brandon pitcher Savannah Garrow, who pitched just 1⁄3 innings and allowed all six runs as the Trojans capped a 16-0 season and the school’s sixth Class B title
Garrow’s replacement, Mikael Smith, didn’t fair much better. Over 2 2/3 innings, she gave up six hits, seven runs and two home runs.

The lopsided score was a bit of a shocker as Saturday’s game between the two teams was determined on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh by West Central’s Erin McMahon.

McMahon also homered Sunday in the championship game to make it 13-0 in the third.

“Brandon and Madison are the two teams that made us the most nervous,” West Central coach Ron Dolly said. “We’re just one of those teams that plays really well on Sundays. Our kids realize that Brandon isn’t a slouch team. That’s just how these girls think.”

Despite putting six runs on the board in the first, the Trojans weren’t done there.

They scored three in the second and four in the third and finished the day with 10 hits, four for extra bases.

“We’ve not jumped out on someone quite like that so early,” Dolly said. “All of the teams are so competitive in this tournament. I always tell the girls that you can’t let up on any team. That’s the mindset they get into. That’s why we never let up.”

Although it was only three innings, West Central pitcher Jayci Hinker pitched solid, giving up just two singles.

Brandon Valley tried putting something together in the bottom of the third when leadoff batter Taylor Christianson singled.

However, the next batter, Katie Erickson, hit a line drive shot to second base, and Christianson was doubled-up on the force at first for two quick outs.

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