South Ridge scored in the first inning of its Class A quarterfinal Thursday, June 6, against top-seeded New York Mills, but then didn’t score the rest of the day.
The Panthers (18-7) lost 6-1 to New York Mills and then were no-hit 11-0 in five innings by Waterville-Elysian-Morristown pitcher Trista Hering in a consolation game.
Alana Young singled to open the first game and scored on a Celia Olesiak single.
But that was the highlight for the Panthers, who were appearing in their first girls state tournament in any sport.
The Eagles scored in the bottom of the first when Tiffany Thompson came home on Sierra Gerber’s sacrifice fly and tacked on two more runs 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.
South Ridge’s hitting woes were more pronounced in the nightcap as Hering retired all 15 batters she faced for only the fourth perfect game in tournament history.
The Panthers were a surprising state entry after beating Cherry twice and knocking of top-seeded Carlton in a trio of 1-0 victories in the Section 7A tournament.
South Ridge will have to replace its top two pitchers in Celia Olesiak and Malania Madill, but plenty of talent remains on the Panthers’ roster to make another run in Section 7A in 2020.
Class A Quarterfinals
New York Mills 6, South Ridge 1
WP: Tiffany Thompson 7IP, 1ER, 4H, 8K, 3BB. LP: Malania Madill 5.2IP, 6ER, 10H, 4K, 7BB. NYM: Thompson 3x3, 2R; Grace Christenson 3x4, 2RBIs; Annika Frost RBI; Sierra Gerber RBI. SR: Celia Olesiak 2x3, RBI.
Class A Consolation Semifinals
WEM 11, South Ridge 0, 5 innings
WP: Trista Herring 5IP, 0H, 8K, 0BB. LP: Celia Olesiak 4IP, 0ER, 8H, 2K, 5BB. WEM: Brielle Bartelt 2R, 2RBIs; Autumn Taylor 2R, 2RBIs; Lindsay Condon 2x3, 2R, 2RBIs; Allison Rients 2RBIs; Kylie Pittmann 2R.