NORTH MANKATO, Minn. — South Ridge scored first but couldn’t string any hits together the rest of the game and lost 6-1 to top-seeded New York Mills in a Class A state softball tournament quarterfinal Thursday afternoon at Caswell Park.
The Panthers (18-6) will face Waterville-Elysian-Morristown in a consolation game later Thursday night.
Alana Young singled to open the game and scored on a Celia Olesiak single to make it 1-0 South Ridge.
But that was the highlight for the Panthers, who were making their debut in any girls state tournament.
The Eagles (24-2) didn’t take long to tie the game, scoring in the bottom of the first when Tiffany Thompson came home on Sierra Gerber’s sacrifice fly.
Two more runners scored in the second on a wild pitch and a catcher’s throwing error.
“We made a couple catching mistakes; it’s a little frustrating to me,” Panthers coach Roger Plachta said. “You can’t give a team three runs and expect to win. I wasn’t really happy with the way they played.”
New York Mills tacked on three runs in the sixth on an Annika Frost RBI single and a two-run hit by Grace Christenson.
Thompson shut down the Panthers on four hits and eight strikeouts.
South Ridge starter Malania Madill scattered 10 hits and walked seven in 5 2/3 innings. New York Mills stranded 11 runners.