Girls Varsity Softball · Softball: Hold off late Stillwater threat to win first State title 3-2

Maple Grove teammates celebrated at the plate after their ace pitcher, Ava Dueck (26), hit a home run against Stillwater in the bottom of the first inning. (Photo by Aaron Lavinsky)

It was the bottom of the seventh inning and Maple Grove was clinging to a one-run lead. Stillwater’s Morgan Wohlers hit a sharp ground ball that appeared headed toward centerfield.

Ava Dueck, Maple Grove’s marvelous senior pitcher, stabbed at it with her glove, deflecting the ball right to second baseman Jade Tomashek.

The bases were loaded and there were two outs, so the runners were moving. If Tomashek doesn’t make the play, a run scores and the Class 4A title game is tied….

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