The West Central high school club softball team won their sixth straight Class B state title on Sunday, October 3rd. The Trojans won all five of their games without allowing a single run all tournament long.
West Central 8, Dakota Valley 0
The first game was on Saturday, October 2nd. West Central earned an 8-0 win over Dakota Valley. The Trojans scored two runs in the first, four in the third, and two more in the fourth for the win. Dakota Valley was held to just two hits. Caitlyn Hoff had two home runs and four RBIs in the game. Emillee Stofferahn had two hits and two RBIs. Izzi Parsons also had two hits. Jocelyn Nilson finished with a double. McKenna Sichmeller had a hit and two RBIs, and Sammie Mallinger and Addy Kramer both had a single. Mallinger pitched five innings allowing two hits while striking out 14 batters.
West Central 11, Dell Rapids 0
The second game on Saturday was an 11-0 win over Dell Rapids. West Central scored four times in the top of the first and four more in the top of the third. They put the game away with a five-run sixth inning. The Trojans belted 11 hits and took advantage of seven Dell Rapids errors. Stofferahn had three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI. Hanna Raeethz had two hits and four RBIs. Grace Harden and Sichmeller both had two hits. Hoff had a hit and an RBI, and Nilson had a hit. Mallinger pitched all six innings allowing just four hits with 13 strikeouts.
West Central 8, Sturgis 0
The final game on Saturday was against Sturgis. West Central scored again in the first inning, scoring two times. They added two more in the second for a 4-0 lead. The Trojans then had a two-run fifth inning and two-run sixth inning for an 8-0 win. Sturgis had just one hit in the game. Hoff had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs. Harden had two hits, one a double. Stofferahn had a double and two RBIs. Kramer finished with a hit and two RBIs, and Caitlyn Maa had a single. Mallinger pitched six more innings allowing just one hit with 17 more strikeouts.
West Central 7, Tea 0
West Central used a six-run first inning to defeat Tea 7-0 in the semifinals on Sunday, October 3rd. The final run came in the sixth inning for West Central. Mallinger again only allowed one hit while striking out 13 batters. Mallinger also had three hits in the game, including a home run, and two RBIs. Hoff had two hits and an RBI. Harden and Parsons both had two singles each. Nilson had a hit and RBI. Kramer finished with a single, and Sichmeller had an RBI.
West Central 10, Dell Rapids 0
The Trojans met Dell Rapids again in the championship game. Another six-run first inning set the tone for West Central. They added three more in the second and another run in the third as the game ended after four innings. Mallinger had three hits, two of those doubles, and an RBI. Stofferahn had a double and home run with three RBIs. Nilson had two doubles and two RBIs. Maa added two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Kramer also had a home run and two RBIs. Harden had a double, and Hoff had a single. Mallinger won her fifth game on the mound allowing only two hits while striking out nine.