Dramatic comeback falls a run short for Hayfield; Girls’ season comes to an end

Published 11:00 am Friday, June 10, 2016

MANKATO — The Hayfield softball team had its season come to an end at the Minnesota Class A state tournament in Caswell Park Thursday, but the day didn’t go by without some highlights for the Vikings.

Hayfield lost in the quarterfinals to Cherry 7-3 and it lost an elimination game 5-4 in 10 innings to Pine River-Backus.

In the first game, Carrie Rutledge led off the contest with a solo homer and Grace Mindrup hit a homer to make it 6-3. The Vikings had the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, but Cherry turned a double play.

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In the second game, Hayfield regrouped and played strong for nine innings, before PRB scored four unearned runs in the top of the 10th inning.

“We talked about playing to have fun,” Hayfield head coach Jana Wagner said. “We came out on the losing side, but it was a fun game.”

Maggie Streightiff hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to make it 5-4, but Hayfield couldn’t do any more damage.