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Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Abby Landwehr of St. Edmond slides around the tag of Algona’s Lillian Etherington on Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

St. Edmond held off Algona in a North Central Conference softball clash on Monday at Rogers Park, 4-3.

Sydney Engels made a back-handed stop at second base to record the final out and retire the Bulldogs with the tying run at third base. Algona had plated a pair of runs in the seventh inning to trim a 4-1 deficit down to a single run.

“We played a very good game,” SEHS head coach Nick Clark said. “We came out with a ton of energy and had some terrific plate appearances against a very good pitcher.

“Sydney made an incredible stop on a bang-bang play that could’ve sent the game into extra innings. Sydney and Jocy Timmerman (at first base) were very solid defensively all night.”

Jacque Oberg drove in a pair of runs, including one on an RBI double to plate Rylee Kinney in the bottom of the first for St. Edmond (9-10 overall). Gracie Harvey was 3-for-3 at the plate, while Erin Flattery was 2-for-3 with a double and a run driven in.

“We fouled off a lot of pitches and really made (Kameryn Etherington) work,” Clark said. “She has a great changeup, but we battled.”

Ella Vratny earned the victory for the Gaels, walking three and striking out three.

The Bulldogs are now 12-8.

St. Edmond is at Clarion-Goldfield/Dows on Wednesday.

ST. EDMOND 4, ALGONA 3

Algona 100 000 2 — 3 9 1

St. Edmond 101 200 x — 4 10 2

Kameryn Etherington and Lillian Etherington; Ella Vratny and Kacey Kruthoff. 2B–SE: Erin Flattery, Jacque Oberg.

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