High school softball: Arlington advances to state semifinals

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ABERDEEN — Weather played a key role on the first day of the state softball tournament as the Arlington Cardinals advanced to the Class B semifinals, but the Brookings Bobcats saw their Class AA quarterfinal matchup with O’Gorman postponed to Friday morning, which they wound up winning (see separate story on the Brookings Register's website).

Arlington 13, Viborg-Hurley 6

The Cardinals punched their tickets to the semifinals thanks to big days at the plate from Sadie Johnson and Taya Clausen.

Arlington fell into an early hole after the Cougars scored a pair of runs off Clausen in the bottom of the but the Cardinals got on the board when Johnson delivered an RBI single in the top of the third inning. Brenley Goebel tied the game with an RBI double in the next at-bat and Clausen gave Arlington a 4-2 lead with a two-run double.

After Clausen scored on a groundout to cap a five-run third inning, the Cougars scored runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to make it a 5-4 game. But Jo Steffensen used an RBI single to add an insurance run early fifth inning and Johnson broke the game open with a bases-clearing double to put Arlington ahead 9-4.

Clausen added a bases-clearing triple and Steffensen delivered another RBI single to end an eight-run fifth inning for the Cardinals. The Cougars added one run each in the sixth and seventh innings but Arlington’s offensive explosions led the Cardinals to victory.

Clausen finished the afternoon going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, a triple, a walk, two runs scored and five RBI. She also got the win in the circle allowing six runs on eight hits and five walks with 12 strikeouts over seven innings.

Addie Steffensen went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, Goebel went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk two runs scored and an RBI, Jo Steffensen went 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBI while Ellisyn Vincent, Madalyn Madsen and Issie Steffensen each had a single in the win.

The Cardinals will now face third-seeded Castlewood, who defeated Deuel 13-3 on Thursday, in the Class B semifinals at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening.