Braham softball finished up its season by going 2-2 in the Section 5A fastpitch tournament.
The Bombers opened with a 3-1 stay-alive win at McGregor May 20 when Angie Bendickson pitched a one-hitter and ripped a key two-run double against the Mercuries.
When the double-elimination part of the tourney began, No. 2 East seed Rush City knocked off the No. 6 Bombers 10-0 in six innings May 21.
But Braham regrouped by eliminating No. 4 Ogilvie 7-3 on May 22 at Mora. Bendickson allowed six hits to the rival Lions. She also was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run on offense. Stormy Husnick was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run. Also in the Braham offense, Lizzie Altendorf ripped two hits and finished with one RBI. Janessa Malone and Amelia Fiedler added key hits and a run apiece.
That night, Braham then ran into East No. 1 seed Isle who finished off the Bombers (6-9) with an 11-1 win. The GRC champ Huskies then were knocked out 6-3 by Eden Valley-Watkins in the May 27 round.
Meanwhile, Rush City (12-4) kept rolling to the May 29 5A title game by defeating Isle 3-0 in the winners’ bracket game, then the Tigers downed West No. 3 Browerville 3-2 May 27. Browerville earned another shot at Rush City by defeating Eden Valley-Watkins 7-4 late on May 27.
• In Cambridge-Isanti’s Section 7AAA tournament there are four teams remaining after Saturday’s pile of games were held at Andover. No. 1 seed Anoka will face No. 3 Elk River in the final winners’ bracket game on May 28 at Chisago Lakes. Also that day at CL, No. 2 Forest Lake will take on No. 5 St. Francis in an elimination game. In the last games on Saturday, Forest Lake defeated Chisago Lakes 11-2 and the SF Saints downed Andover 7-4.
Great River Softball: FINAL: Isle 10-0, 18-1; Ogilvie 6-3, 7-6; Aitkin 6-3, 7-7; Rush City 6-4, 10-4; Braham 2-5, 6-9; Hinckley-Fin. 2-6, 3-10; Pine City 2-6, 2-14; East Central 0-7, 1-8.
Mississippi 8 Softball RED) St. Francis 9-4, 13-5; Chisago Lakes 8-5, 13-6; Cambridge-Isanti 6-7, 12-8; North Branch 4-9, 9-10; Princeton 0-13, 0-16. BLUE) Rogers 13-0, 17-1; Buffalo 11-2, 13-6; Big Lake 6-7, 10-9; St. Michael-Alb. 6-7, 8-10; Monticello 2-11, 4-14.