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Harings leads Evergreens past Eagles

Northwood catcher McKayla Waggoner dives out towards a sliding Solon Springs' Bri Larson (5) as Larson safely crosses home plate in the third inning of the playoff game in Solon Springs on Tuesday. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

SOLON SPRINGS -- TeLaura Harings used her arm and bat to lead the Northwood Evergreens to a 5-2 win over the Solon Springs Eagles in a WIAA Division 3 regional softball game Tuesday evening at the Solon Springs field.

Harings, a sophomore, picked up the pitching win by tossing a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts and two walks. On offense, she led the Evergreens with a pair of RBI singles.

Northwood jumped on Solon Springs right away with three runs in the top of the first inning and two in the third.

Molly Linden actually struck out to start the game, but she got on base when the Solon Springs' catcher missed the ball.

After a fly out, Linden scored on Morgan Block's triple. Block then scored on Harings' first RBI single, and Harings scored on Sarah Olson's RBI ground.

The Evergreens made it 5-0 in the third inning. Linden reached on an error and scored on McKayla Waggoner's RBI double. Harings' second RBI single scored Block.

Solon Springs scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third inning. Bri Larson singled, moved to third on Phoenix Thomas' single and scored on Brittany Armstrong's sacrifice fly. Following a walk to Jessica Holderness, Thomas scored on Alicia Jensen's single.

The Eagles got their leadoff batter on base in the fourth inning when Ashlee Johnson singled. But she was stranded at third base as Harings struck out the next three batters.

Thomas led off the fifth inning with a single for Solon Springs, but once again Harings got out of the jam by retiring the next three batters.

After a rough start, Eagle pitcher Valerie Garay retired the side in order three times and faced just four batters once.

The sixth inning was an interesting one for Garay. After getting the leadoff batter to ground out, Garay struck out the next three batters, but two of them reached base when the third strike was dropped. Garay had a chance to register her fourth strikeout of the inning but instead got Alyssa Larson to hit into a fielder's choice.

Garay allowed five hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.

The Eagles also got a double from Thomas and singles from Ashlee Johnson and Tylor Kruse.

Northwood's fifth hit was Hannah Hensen's infield single in the fourth inning.

Northwood now plays Thursday at Drummond, which advanced with a 10-5 five-inning win over Mellen.

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