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EV-W softball team By Pat Garry, Staff writer Eagles abound at the 2013 MSHSL State Softball Tournament in Mankato Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7, as the Eagles of Eden Valley-Watkins battled the New York Mills Eagles and the New Life Academy Woodbury Eagles, in their quest for the number one title. Falling just short of the state championship game, the Eden Valley-Watkins softball team put on a great show for the fans at Cas- well Park in Mankato last week. The girls took the opening game on Thursday, June 6, against a for- midable New York Mills team, 4-2. Losing a tough battle to New Life Academy of Woodbury in the after- noon game, 6-4, the Eagles fought back on Friday morning, June 7, to defeat the Kerkhoven-Murdock- Sunburg Fighting Saints, 7-2, and take the Third-Place trophy. The 2013 Eagies saw the best year in the history of the program, post- ing an overall record of 16-5 and placing third in the state tourna- ment. EV-W coach Dave Dzien- gel is proud of his team and very appreciative of the overwhelm- ing support. "On behalf of me and my coaching staff, we would like to thank all of the parents, fans, EV-W Lions, the booster club, the administration, media, and every, one that took time out of their schedules to come and watch us play for two days in Mankato. We really appreciate it and we feel for- tunate to have such loyal fans." The early morning quarterfinal game v NewYorkMills was exciting from start to finish. Eden Valley- Watkins rallied from a 2-0, third- inning deficit with three runs in the fourth inning and a run in the fifth, to move past New York Mills and earn the right to take on New Life Academy of Woodbury, in the afternoon session. A two-run sin- gle by Mickael Lies and a run-scor- ing single by Jamie Scherer gave the Eagles three runs in the fifth, and Holly Schumacher hit a homer in the sixth. Autumn Roberts drove in both New York Mills runs with a two-run single in the third. Eden Valley-Watkins box score v NewYork Mills: Baylee Lahr, 1 for 4; Jamie Scherer, 1 for 4, RBI; Kay- lee Forcier, l~:f0r 3; Holly Schum- acher, 1 for 3, run scored, RBI; Brook Stang, 2 for 4; Mickael Lies- Thielen, 2 for;4, run scored, 2 RBI; Briana Plantenberg, 1 for 4; Faith Forcier, 2 for 4; Mindy Forcier, 2 for 4, run scored: shines at state, takes Third-Place accolades For the second year in a row, the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles softball team earned a shot at the State tournament. In 2012, they were State Champions. In 2013, they took third. The 2013 Eagles include (in roster order) Breanna Stang, Baylee Lahr, Jamie Scherer, Mickael Lies, Faith Forcier, Holly Schumacher, Brook Stang, Lexi Klatt, Briana Plantenberg, Mindy Forcier, Ashley Huschle, Kaylee Forcier, Sarah Pauly, Tina Streit, and Kali Covert. Dave Dziengel is the head coach. Photo courtesy of Amanda Garding. The 3 p.m. game v New Life Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints. Academy of Woodbury was a The Eagles got a gem from Bay- heartbreaker for the Eagles. The lee Lahr, allowing just one earned NLA-Woodbury Eagles scored run in seven innings and strand- twice in the bottom of the first ing eight runners, to secure the to take the lead before the EV-W win. EV-W scored first with a Eagles tied it up with two in the run in the top of the first. Kerk- top of the fourth. The Academy hoven-Murdock-Sunburg tied the struck again in the fifth~ plating game in the bottom of the inning, four runs off four hits. All six runs but the Eagles were just getting New Life scored were unearned, started. Holly Schumacher singled Eden Valley rallied in the seventh, and scored in the three-run top of scoring twice but their champion- the third, then she served up an ship dreams disappeared with the encore in the fourth, with a two- final out. run round tripper, giving Eden Eden Valley-Watkins box score Valley-Watkins a commanding 7-1 v New Life: Baylee Lahr, 2 for 3, lead. KMS would pick up a run in run scored, RBI; Jamie Scherer, the bottom of the seventh, but it 0 for 2, run scored; Kaylee Forcier, was too little, tOO late. 0 for 2; Holly Schumacher, 1 for Eden Valley-Watkins' box 3, run scored, RBI; Brook Stang, score v KMS: Baylee Lahr, 1 for 4, 0 for 3; Mickael Lies-Thielen, 0 for RBI; Jamie Scherer, 2 for 4, 2 runs 3;BrianaPlantenberg, lfor3;Faith scored, 2 RBI; Kaylee Forcier, Forcier, 0 for 3; Mindy Forcier, 2 for 0 for 3; Holly Schumacher, 4 for :4, 3, run scored, RBI. 3 runs scored, 2 RBI; Brook Stangl The third-place matchup 2 for 4, run scored, RBI; Mickael featured the Eden Valley- Lies-Thielen, 0 for 2; Briana WatkinsEaglesandtheKerkhoven- Plantenberg, 1 for 4; Faith Forcier, The girls received a Fire Department Watkins (above) on their way to North Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. 0 for 3, RBI; Mindy Forcier, 1 for 21 run scored. escort in both Eden Valley and in Mankato last Wednesday, June 5. At the 2013State softball tournament, the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles defeated tie New York Mills Eagles in the first game, 4-2. They then lost to the New Life Academy Eagles of Woodbury, 4-6. They played the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints for third place and won, 7-2. Blooming Prairie was ultimately the Class A championship team, with New Life Academy claiming second place. Photo courtesy of Amanda Garding. EV-W 2013 softball By Pat Garry, Staff writer Following a most success- ful and rewarding season, the 2013 Eden Valley-Watkins soft- ball team, fresh off their impres- sive Third-Place state tournament finish, can lay claim to owning the best record in the history of the program, at 16-5. Though there were many valuable contribu- tions by numerous talented play- ers, coach Dave Dziengel remains a substantial part of the team's accomplishments. His "just do it" attitude and "stay with it" practice methods are the perfect ingredi- ents for a top-notch recipe. Dzien- gel said that the key to their team's success is team work. Further, he noted that the overwhelming sup- port the girls have received this team achievements year has not only been most appre- ciated, but it has been an integral part of the team's fulfillments. 2013 M1-Conference First Team: Baylee Lahr, Holly Schum- acher, and Jamie Scherer 2013 All-Conference Hon- orable mention: Kaylee Forcier, Brook Stang, and Briana Planten- berg MVP: Baylee Lahr Most Improved: Briana Plan- tenberg Future Eagle: Breanna Stang Miss RBI: Brook Stang Miss Hustle: Mindy Forcier Best Defender: Kaylee Forcier Miss Offense: Holly Shum- acher 2013 All-Academic All-Confer- ence: Mickael Lies, Kaylee Forcier, Brook Stang, Mindy Forcier, Faith Forcier All-Academic All-State: Kaylee Forcier, Mickael Lies All-State Honorable Men- tion second in program history (sister Brook Scherer also was all- state honorable mention in 2012): Jamie Scherer All-State secondteamAll-State Tournament team (first in pro- gram history): Holly Schumacher (In the state tournament Holly was 6-10 with 5 runs scored; she had 4 RBI and 2 home runs in the 2-1 finish.) 2013 All-Section: Baylee Lahr, Jamie Scherer, Brook Stang, Briana Plantenberg, Kaylee Forcier, Holly Schumacher, and Mickael Lies.