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Seven-run inning propels Rochester Lourdes to 2A championship

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 06/07/19, 3:00PM CDT


The second-seeded Eagles rolled to a 10-1 victory over No. 1 seed Norwood Young America.

Rochester Lourdes catcher Veronica Taylor (10), right of center, and pitcher Anna Taylor (12), left of center, celebrated with teammates after the Eagles' Class 2A championship victory against Norwood-Young America. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@

It wasn’t the fairy tale ending Norwood Young America had dreamed about.

The best season in Raiders history — 25 victories, a cadre of heavy hitters that included a state record holder for home runs in a season and more than 10 runs per game — came to a disappointing ending in a 10-1 loss to Rochester Lourdes in the Class 2A championship game.

Lourdes pitcher Anna Taylor baffled the NYA hitters with her array of off-speed pitches. Taylor struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter, holding the Raiders offense to five hits and their lowest run total of the season.

“She’s got two types of change-up, one the rolls up and one that rolls down. And her riseball is fabulous,” Lourdes coach Becky Macken said. “She’s a very talented pitcher.”

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