After briefly falling behind by a pair of runs, the Randolph softball team's offense erupted to race away from Isle in a 10-2 victory in Thursday's Class A quarterfinal at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
Randolph (23-2) advances to the state semifinals against third-seeded Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian (18-5) at approximately 7 p.m.
Isle (18-4) jumped in front in the top of the third with a two-run home run from Grace Carlson, but that lead was short-lived after the Rockets piled up four runs in the bottom of the third. After a walk from senior Lindsey Grant and a single from sophomore Chloe Kimmes, Randolph received a little help as the Isle third baseman could not handle a sharp groundball off the bat of sophomore Megan Erickson with two outs.
That allowed Grant to score, and one batter later, junior Mackenna Otte drove in Kimmes with an RBI single. Then, sophomore Meredith Taylor drove in Erickson and Otte with an RBI single.
From there, Randolph sophomore pitcher Morgyn Otte didn't allow Isle to do much offensively, and she finished the quarterfinal with nine strikeouts, with only six hits allowed.
The Rockets added a run in the fourth when Grant drew a leadoff walk and scored from first on a throwing error, two runs in the fifth when Erickson and Mackenna Otte started the frame with singles, Erickson scored after a trio of wild pitches and Taylor drove in Mackenna Otte with a sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the sixth, Randolph tacked on an another three runs with a leadoff double from Kimmes, who was driven in by Erickson's RBI single. Mackenna Otte then sliced an RBI triple to score Erickson before scampering home herself on a wild pitch.
Other quarterfinal action
In the corresponding quarterfinal game, Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota topped New Ulm Cathedral 6-2, while top-seeded and defending state champions New York Mills edged South Ridge 6-1 and fifth-seeded Badger/GB-MR worked its way past fourth-seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown.