State Softball champions crowned in North Mankato

Four winners were crowned in North Mankato including an unseeded team

Sloane Martin
June 09, 2018 - 2:18 pm

The Twins weren't the only team on the diamond this weekend. Softball champions were crowned in all four classes at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

New York Mills in Class A repeated as state champs with a win over second-seeded Edgerton-Southwest Minnesota Christian.

The Eagles led 8-1, but withstood a seventh-inning rally to win 9-6.

Leadoff hitter and pitcher Rhiana Roberts went 3-for-4 with three runs, Karli Kawlewski went 3-for-3 and Kaitlyn Kane knocked in three runs.

Gabby Buckridge for the Flying Dutchmen hit a 3-run homer in the seventh.

In Class AA, Maple Lake finally came away victorious after four state title game runner-up finishes with an 11-1 win over St. Peter.

Over the last 10 years, Maple Lake came up short in the championship game five times, including last year.

They took a commanding 6-0 lead in the first inning. Sophomore catcher Megan Carlson went 3-for-3 with three RBI and leadoff hitter Amber Klug had three hits and two RBIs.

St. Peter sophomore catcher Allie McCabe had one hit against Calli Maki.

Top-seeded Fairbault is the class 3-A champion after a 2-0 win over No. 2 North Branch.

Junior pitcher McKayla Armbruster pitched her second complete game shutout of the tournament, allowing one hit and no walks with nine strikeouts. She faced one batter over the minimum after allowing a double to Cassandra Sinn after 12 straight outs.

Armbruster finished with a .33 ERA for the tournament and had a 37-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio.

And in Class AAAA, unseeded Stillwater Area stunned the entire tournament with a championship run.

Despite a record of 16-13, they defeated top-seeded Park, 5-1 to win the Ponies' 5th state championship in 10 tournament appearances.

The 13 losses are the most for any softball state champion.

The Wolfpack defeated the Ponies twice in regular season play.

Freshman pitcher Allison Benning pitched a complete game, allowing six hits, while going 2-for-3 at the plate.