Blue Devils open season with win over 8th-ranked Wildcats

The UW-Stout softball team opened the 2018 season with a 9-8 win over eighth-ranked St. Catherine in the opening game of the Luther College Tournament at Rochester Community Technical College Saturday. In the second game of the tournament, Stout lost 5-3 to ninth-ranked Luther College.

After falling behind 8-4 by allowing three runs in the top of the sixth, the Blue Devils (1-1) put together a five-run sixth inning to get the win.

Kelly earned the win, scattering three hits. Her lone strikeout led off the seventh inning.

In the second game with the host Norse, Stout opened the scoring when Francois drove in a run on a groundout. The Norse took a 3-0 lead when Annie See drove in three runs on a bases loaded double.

Stout tied the score with a two-run second inning when Rachel Thomas drove in Iliopoulos and Murphy with a two-out single. Luther scored single runs in the second and fourth innings.

Stout is off until they are scheduled to play 10 games at the PFX Spring Games March 11-16 in the Orlando, Fla., area.

Stout wins 3-2 to force mini-game, Blugolds capture extra game

Connor Valesano scored with less than two minutes remaining to lift UW-Stout to a 3-2 win over UW-Eau Claire in the second game of the WIAC Commissioners Cup to force a tie-breaking mini-game Saturday at Hobbs Ice Arena.

But the Blugolds came back to win the mini-game, 1-0 when Scott Monro scored at the 9:21 mark on the power play after Stout was whistled for the only penalty of the extra game.

The third-seeded Blue Devils opened the scoring of the regulation game when Alex Bowe scored six minutes into the first period, assisted by Connor Chambers.

No scoring happened again until midway through the third period when Eau Claire’s Jake Bresser scored at 11:02. The Blugolds took a 2-1 lead three minutes later at 14:50 on a goal by Todd Koritzinsky.

Kyle Sylvester scored only 11 seconds later to tie the score at 15:01. Valesano scored scored at 18:41.

Tommi Ahlgren recorded 28 saves for Stout. Zach Dyment had 21 saves for the Blugolds.

The Blugolds will play at top-seeded UW-Stevens Point, Saturday, March 3.

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Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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