Softball: ECLA fends off CDS for women’s ‘D’ playoff title

Kindalyn Spears of ECLA ripped a base-loaded triple on this pitch. Her team lost that game to CDS Inc. but won the next one to claim the championship. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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.

Nicole Miska followed through on an RBI single for CDS Inc. in their 19-7 win over ECLA that forced a second game. Among the rooters, on the end of the bench, was catcher Holly Jeska's pooch Cody. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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.

CDS shortstop Kim Reilly makes the pivot after forcing out ECLA's Lauren Gregory. Secondbasema Katie Mullen watches. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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.

After a long night of softball that ended at 11:30 p.m. both teams gathered for a double team photo. (Photo by Bruce Strand)