The defending Class A State Champion Randolph Rockets defeated Cannon Falls and Maranatha Christian Academy in Rochester Saturday.  They fell to St. Anthony Village.

The Rockets wins were 4-0 over Cannon Falls, 7-2 over Maranatha.  St. Anthony Village dominated 7-1.

In the Cannon Falls game Carter Raymond threw a shutout for Randolph while going the distance.  Raymond struck out 9, walked 1, scattered 5 hits while throwing 84 pitches, 63 for strikes.

The Bombers actually had more hits with 5 but it's the runs that count and Cannon Falls committed 2 errors while the Rockets had one miscue in the field.

Randolph scored in the first inning Kylee Carey walked with one out.  Carey advanced to second on a wild pitch then to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a  Chloe Vought single.

It was the only run they would need but they added 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning.

With one out Raymond doubled.  Vienna Anderson came in as a courtesy runner for the pitcher and advanced to third base on a passed ball. Ella Banks hit a grounder that resulted in a Bombers error scoring Anderson.

Carly Kimmes hammered a double that advanced Banks to third base.  Carey bunted into a fielder's choice resulting in an out of Banks at home.   A ground ball off the bat of Vought ended in an error allowing Kimmes to score.

Carey scored on a passed ball.

In the win against Maranatha Academy the Rockets struck first again with two runs in the second inning.

Anna Olsen walked, Allie Gillette hit a single.  Raymond bunted the base runners over for the first out.  Olsen scored before Taryn Alexon was hit by a pitch.  Gillette scored on a ground out.

Maranatha Christian tied the game in the top of the third inning.  Randolph tallied three more runs in the third .

Carey walked to start the inning.  She was retired on a ground ball from the bat of Vought.  Lindsay Sundby walked.  Olsen singled scoring Vought.  Gillette hit a fly ball that resulted in an error scoring Sundby.

Olsen scored on a double steal when Gillette was thrown out at second base but Olsen made it home safely.

Randolph added 2 runs in the fifth inning.  Vought opened the inning with a walk, Sundby singled. Vought went to third and Sundby was thrown out trying to get to second base.

Olsen hammered a triple scoring Vought then Olsen scored on a ground out.

Raymond was in the pitching circle for the entire game and threw 69 pitches, 55 strikes.  She struck out 8, walked 1 and allowed 13 hits.

The Rockets had no errors, Maranatha finished with 3 errors in the contest.

In the loss to St. Anthony Village the Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in teh first inning.

Randolph's only run came in the top of the fourth inning.  Vought doubled with one out and advanced to third base on a ground out by Sundby.  Olsen singled scoring Vought.

The Huskies scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to secure the victory.

Raymond pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing 9 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned, struck out 4 and walked 2 batters.  Sundby retired the final batter with one pitch.

Raymond threw 85 pitches, 58 strikes.

Randolph (5-3) will play Bethlehem Academy Monday afternoon at Alexander Park in Faribault.  The game is scheduled to be broadcast on KDHL 920 AM, 97.9 FM and on KDHL app worldwide.

Here are other area Saturday softball scores from the area.

  • Cannon Falls 13 Rochester John Marshall 10
  • St. Paul Central 10 Cannon Falls 9
  • St. Paul Central 8  Rochester Lourdes 4
  • Maranatha Christian 9  St. Paul Central 1
  • St. Anthony 10 Rochester John Marshall  0
  • St. Anthony 10 Rochester Mayo 3
  • Rochester Mayo 9  Maranatha Christian 1
  • Rochester John Marshall 13 Rochester Lourdes 6
  • Chaska 11 Apple Valley 1
  • Elk River 14 Owatonna 13
  • Brainerd 5  Owatonna 2
  • St. Francis 12 Owatonna 2
  • Eastview 5  Eden Prairie 4
  • New Prague 4  Hopkins 3
  • Norwood-Young America 5  Pine Island 4
  • Spring Lake Park 16  Norwood-Young America 0
  • Spring Lake Park 21  Pine Island 5
  • Winona 8  Mankato East 1
  • Mankato West 8  Delano 5
  • GMLOK 9  Rushford-Peterson 7
  • Rushford-Peterson 8  Lyle-Pacelli 6
  • Dover-Eyota 12 Plainview-Elgin-Millville 2

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