Sgt. Bluff-Luton scored nine runs in the third inning and beat Estherville Lincoln Central, 13-4, in round one of the Class 3A state softball tournament on Monday.
Caitlyn Clayton hit a three run homer for ELC (20-11) to put the Midgettes up 3-1 before SBL's big inning.
"I think my only words were to answer the challenge," said SB-L Head Coach Tom Prince. "They just scored three on you and now you have to come back and get them. They did. They were challenged and they rose to it."
The top-ranked Warriors improved to 34-3 with the victory will face #5 Bondurant-Farrar (28-12) on Thursday at 3:00 PM in the semifinals. ELC will play #9 Monticello (31-7) in the consolation round on Wednesday at 10:00 AM.
Unranked Ridge View continued their Cinderella run at the state softball tournament with a 3-1 win over sixth-ranked Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Monday.
Ridge View scored all three of their runs in the sixth inning, erasing a 1-0 deficit.
"I think our girls believe in themselves and that's half the battle mentally in this game," said Ridge View head coach Scott Phelps. "They just go out there and give it everything they got."
The Raptors (31-11) will face number-3 Durant (33-8) in the Class 2A semifinals on Thursday at 1:30 PM.
Lawton-Bronson was held to two hits and lost to third-ranked Durant, 2-0, in round one of the state softball tournament on Monday.
"I just told them to keep their heads up, have a little pride in themselves," said first year Lawton-Bronson head coach Lora Vaske. "Not many people thought we would be here but I knew we would. We just went 2-0 with the number-3 ranked team in the state, who's got a .340 batting average. I thought we played great. Our bats just didn't show up tonight."
The Eagles (23-11) will play #6 Fort Dodge St. Edmond in the consolation round on Wednesday at 10:00 AM.
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