Softball: Cougars take 3rd in state with win over Chanhassen

Maisy Dockendorf (8), shown here during the semifinal game against Rosemount, pitched the first 5 1/3 innings against Chanhassen and got the win.

The Centennial Cougars claimed third place in the state with a 6-3 victory over Chanhassen to close an exceptional season on Wednesday.

Helene Krage and Abby Lohse each slammed a two-run home run for the Cougars and Maisy Dockendorf picked up the victory with relief from Krage in the Class AAAA tournament third-place game in North Mankato.

The Cougars, coached by Rick Thomas, finished 23-2. In their other state games, they defeated Hopkins 5-3 and lost to eventual champion Rosemount 8-3. Rosemount beat Forest Lake 5-1 in the championship game.

Centennial beat a Minnesota Gophers recruit, Sydney Schwartz, scoring six runs off her (three unearned) in six innings, Schwartz had eight strikeouts and no walks.

Krage doubled home a run in the first inning. She singled in the fourth and Lohse followed with a home run to right field for a 3-2 lead. Krage homered in the fifth inning to cap a three-run burst after Bryn Ruberg doubled home a run.

Dockendorf twirled 5 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, four walks and three runs, striking out three. Krage got the last five outs, four by strikeout.

Krage was 5-for-10 with two homers, a double and five RBI’s in the tournament. Lohse also homered twice while going 3-for-10 with three RBI’s.

The Cougars have finished third in their only two state softball tournaments. The 2017 team did the same.

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