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CALMAR – The Sumner-Fredericksburg varsity softball team defeated South Winneshiek 7-6 in a closely contested game on Thursday.

The Cougars did most of their scoring early, scoring a run in each of the first two innings and had a four-run third inning. They would add one more important run in the sixth inning that turned out to be the difference in the game.

South Winneshiek was down 6-1 in the bottom of the third inning, but scored two runs in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth to fight back into the game. They scored one run in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to tie the game.

S-F sophomore pitcher Chantelle Nuss (4-6) started the game and went six innings with four strikeouts; while allowing six hits, four walks and four earned runs. Junior Kaylyn Hoth pitched an inning of relief to earn the save, and had one run, which was unearned.

The Cougars combined for 12 hits, two walks and seven runs in Thursday’s game. Shortstop Abby Meyer had three hits and two runs. Catcher Landree Kobliska, Nuss and left fielder Kelsey Allen each had two hits in the game.

Sumner-Fredericksburg evened their record up to 8-8 after their win against South Winneshiek.