Mahtomedi lost a close game in the first round of the state softball tournament Thursday, then picked up the program’s first-ever state tournament win in the consolation bracket.

The unseeded Zephyrs fell to No. 3 Becker 5-4 as the Bulldogs scored in the last of the seventh in the Class 3A quarterfinal at North Mankato.

Mahtomedi regrouped quickly, taking a 9-0 lead in two innings against Detroit Lakes on the way to a 13-4 victory, banging out 16 hits.

The Zephyrs (14-9-1), Section 4AAA champions, will close the season in the fifth-place game against Benilde-St. Margaret’s (17-9) on Friday at 9 a.m.

Mahtomedi has made only one previous state trip in softball, 2016, and went 0-2.

Top Zephyr hitters Thursday were Emma Nelson, 5-for-8, and Megan Neubeck, 5-for-9.

Reaching the Class 3A finals were Mankato West and Northfield.

Becker 5, Zephyrs 4

Mahtomedi took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Becker (20-5) scored four in the third inning. The Zephyrs got a run in the seventh to pull even, but couldn’t hold the Bulldogs in the bottom half as Cadence Koste ripped a double to knock in the game-winner.

Grace Hadlich, Neubeck and Nelson were each 2-for-4, with Hadlich knocking in two runs. Claire Wirka had an RBI single. Haley Rosenthal pitched the distance, giving up 11 h its, striking out three.

Corrie Weise pitched for Becker, giving up seven hits, striking out five, and went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Koste was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Krista Paulson doubled home a run.

Zephyrs 13, Detroit Lakes 4

Leading a 16-hit offense, and knocking in three runs each, were Neubeck, 3-for-5 with a double; Lauren Laviano, 3-for-4; and Olivia Van Hout, 2-for-5.

Nelson was 3-for-4 with a double. She scored two runs, as did Van Hout, Neubeck, and Gina Sorini. Kiki Valsvik was 2-for-4. Anna Wohlwend had a double and RBI.

Rosenthal pitched the distance, giving up seven hits and two walks, striking out five. She was 1-for-2 with an RBI at the plate.

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