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Tea Area makes comeback, defeats No. 1 West Central to win Class A softball championship – Mitchell Republic

ABERDEEN – Tea Area used a two-out rally to earn an upset victory over No. 1 West Central in the Class A state championship game on Saturday night.

Trailing 5-3 with two outs in the seventh inning, the Titans scored six runs to take the lead and ultimately win the game 9-5.

Tea Area (16-4) avenges a loss to West Central in the 2023 title game to hand the previously undefeated Trojans (22-1) their first loss in the two-year history of sanctioned softball in South Dakota.

After trailing West Central 5-0, the game shifted when Tea Area brought on Emily Froendt for relief in the fourth inning, halting the Trojans’ attack.

Then the Titans battled back, scoring twice in the fifth and once in the sixth. With two outs in the seventh, Abby Boom scored on an error in right field to cut the deficit to one, then Sydney Ganschow hit an RBI double to left field to tie the game.

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Tea Area players and fans react as Emily Froendt takes third during the Class A state championship game against West Central on Saturday, June 1, 2024 in Aberdeen.

Photo from South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The decisive play was a two-RBI single by Addisyn Hansen moments later that gave the Titans a two-run lead, followed by an RBI single by Emersyn Erck and an RBI double by Skyler Haines to increase the margin.

Froendt finished with two hits and two runs for Tea Area, while Erck had a hit, an RBI and two runs, and Hansen had a hit and two RBIs.

Caitlyn Hoff pitched six and 2/3 innings in a loss for the Trojans, allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out five. She was pulled on Hansen’s two-RBI single to Emillee Stofferahn, who allowed two hits and a run in 1/3 innings.

Hoff had two hits and an RBI for West Central’s offense, while Izzi Parsons had a hit, an RBI and a run, and Ayla Kramer had three hits.

Froendt picked up the win by allowing five hits and no runs over three and 1/3 innings. Hansen started the game and allowed five hits and four earned runs while striking out three through three and 2/3 innings.

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