Bombers go 2-2 in Section 5A tourney, beating Ogilvie & Barnum

Braham’s Maddie Altendorf was safe at home with a face full of lime when her slide knocked the ball out of the Barnum catcher’s glove in the five-run first inning.

Braham’s Maddie Altendorf was safe at home with a face full of lime when her slide knocked the ball out of the Barnum catcher’s glove in the five-run first inning.

Braham wrapped up its fastpitch season with a good 2-2 run in the Section 5A tourney which belatedly opened with a 13-12 survival win over rival Ogilvie on May 23.

Janessa Malone and Stephanie Braund scored the tying and go-ahead runs against the Lions on Maddie Altendorf’s single in the top of the seventh. Altendorf went 3-for-4 at the plate while knocking home 4 runs to support the pitching of senior Sara Tomlinson. Carley Lynch and Dani Braund both added 2 hits in the victory.

Right after that game on Thursday, the Bombers were beaten 14-4 by 2013 Great River Conference champion Rush City, sending them to the May 24 elimination game against No. 3 seed Barnum. There, Braham gutted out a thrilling 8-6 win to keep their season alive.

A five-run first inning got things rolling for Braham as Malone, Altendorf and Tomlinson all supplied run-scoring hits in the stanza. Amelia Fiedler made it 6-1 when she flared a single to right and scored on an errant throw to second following an Angie Bendickson bunt. Barnum chipped away against Braham pitcher Bendickson who was helped with three stellar defensive plays: Altendorf gunning out a runner at third from right field in the fifth, Tomlinson turning a line-drive double play in the sixth, and seventh-grade second-bagger Emily Lindquist turning a double play in the seventh.

Bella Williams provided senior leadership at bat and behind the plate for the young Bombers this season, stroking two hits in the final game against Rush City.

Bella Williams provided senior leadership at bat and behind the plate for the young Bombers this season, stroking two hits in the final game against Rush City.

Braham’s season ended with a 5-2 loss to Rush City later that evening despite 2 hits each from  Bella Williams and Bendickson, to go with solid pitching from Tomlinson.

• On May, 28, the RC Tigers were eliminated by Osakis 7-2. In the winners’ bracket, Eden Valley-Watkins (13-4) pounded Isle 16-1, but the Huskies (13-4) rallied to reach the May 30 championship by downing Osakis 7-4 in the final losers’ bracket game.

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