Top-seeded Hopkins scored nine runs in the first inning to propel past third-seeded Minneapolis Southwest 14-3 in four innings on Tuesday in the Class 4A, Section 6 softball championship game. The Royals return to the state tournament for the first time since 2017.
Signe Dohse hit two home runs, a double and single and had four RBI for Hopkins. She also struck out 10 in a one-hitter.
The Lakers got on the board first with a run in the first inning, but were quickly forced to play catch up. They got two runs in the third inning.
Lauren Granger had two home runs for Hopkins and five RBI.
Megan Smith had the only Lakers hit and one RBI.
Chanhassen 1, Eden Prairie 0: Sydney Schwartz pitched a perfect game with 10 strikeouts to lead the top-seeded Storm past the sixth-seeded Eagles in the winners' bracket final. Schwartz also had a double, single and drove in the game's lone run.
Lakeville North 7, Farmington 2: Alexis Haglund had two hits and five RBI and struck out nine over seven innings to lead the second-seeded Panthers past the fifth-seeded Tigers in the Class 4A, Section 1 winners' bracket final. Jordan Ahrenstorff had two hits and two runs scored and McKinley Malecha had one hit, one RBI and two runs scored for the Panthers.
Rogers 10, Elk River 6: The second-seeded Royals scored eight runs in the second inning to defeat the host and top-seeded Elks. Grace Mammen struck out eight in seven innings and had one hit and two RBI. Kenzie Jones had two hits, one RBI and one run scored, Kalista Kragt had one hit and two runs scored and Paige Vreeman and Sara Kemmetmueller had two runs scored each for the Royals. Avery Hillis had two hits, three RBI and one run scored for the Elks.
Becker 12, Big Lake 2: The second-seeded Bulldogs pulled away from the top seeded Hornets in the Class 3A, Section 5 winners' bracket final. Makenna Zerwas hit two home runs and had four RBI and Kurstyn Patnode had four hits and three RBI and Cadence Koste had a home run, three RBI and Emma Eickhoff allowed three hits in seven innings for the Bulldogs.
Litchfield 2, St. James 1: Emma DeWolf had three hits and two RBI to lead the Dragons past the Saints in eight innings in Class 2A, Section 3 winners' bracket final. Avery Stilwell had two doubles and Taylor Draeger struck out seven in eight innings for the Dragons. Addie Bowers had 14 strikeouts in eight innings and Kelsey Grunewald had two hits and one run scored for the Saints.
Maple Lake 8, Rockford 4: The top-seeded Irish scored five runs in the fifth inning to pull away from the second-seeded Rockets in the Class 2A, Section 5 winners' bracket final. Bryn Eisenpeter had two doubles, one single, one RBI and two runs scored, and Megan Lind had two doubles and two RBI for the Irish.