by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The ECLA and CDS Inc. softball teams took turns beating each other up until ECLA emerged as Class C champion in the Elk River Women’s Softball playoffs Wednesday evening.
ECLA drubbed CDS 20-8 to reach the finals as the unbeaten team. CDS nipped Tootsie’s 12-10 to stay alive, then clobbered ECLA 19-7, forcing a third duel with them.
But ECLA was back on top 13-1 in the final game, claiming their first playoff title here after finishing runner-up the last two years.
ECLA stands for East Central Livestock Auction, their Mora-based sponsor.
The lineup included Angie Lancette pitching, Randi Hanson catching, Deb Johnson and Tonya Lancetta at first, Kindalyn Spears at second, Andi Schophoerster at third, Amanda Ohlgren at short, and Amber Potts, Tasha Thompson, Laura Gregory and Amanda Scinzel in the outfield left to right. (Johnson had to leave the final game after being struck in the nose by a thrown ball.) Others on the team are Kasey Bottineau and Brooke Besser. Jason Spears is manager, assisted by Chad Trombley.
In CDS’s win over ECLA, catcher Holly Jeska ripped a two-run double and two-run single and Nicole Miska had a two-run triple. CDS got two double plays as well.
It was a long night of softball ending at about 11:30 with CDS forcing the extra game.
ECLA will play the USSSA Class ‘D’ state tournament Aug. 20-21.