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Class 3A, Section 3 championship games: Holy Angels takes two games against Two Rivers, moves on to state

By Ethan Olson, SportsEngine, 05/31/23, 5:45PM CDT


The Stars played through two games on a steamy Friday afternoon against the Warriors to a Class 3A state tournament berth.

Amelie Williams (7) of Two Rivers sliding to home right before getting tagged by Anya Anderson (8). Two Rivers and Holy Angels played two games on Friday with Holy Angels winning both games and advancing to the state tournament. Shannon Brault, SportsEngi

Game Two

After the clouds parted on what was a stormy Friday afternoon, a beautiful stage was set for what was a long and winding Class 3A, Section 3 championship. The drama intensified when Holy Angels won the opening game 7-1 with some hot hitting and calculated defensive stops. Going into the second game, the Stars wanted to keep that momentum rolling on the Warriors.  

The Stars did just that as they powered in three runs in the opening inning to give themselves a solid lead early. It was Holy Angels’ leadoff hitter, sophomore Autumn Johnson, who first did damage with a single that eventually put her in position to run home. And the Stars never looked back.  

Senior ace Leah Cierzan, the only senior on Holy Angels, did work on both offense and defense to bolster what was never-ending pressure from the Stars batters. She connected twice in the second game at the plate for two doubles that scored three runners. Those runs proved to be crucial in what was a 6-1 victory for the Stars.  

“I’m so proud of our players, they really came to play our game today,” said Holy Angels coach Jackie Poidinger. “They just always stayed in the game and that was the most important thing. They were ready, they all wanted this really bad, so I’m really proud of them.” 

Evelyn Jastrow (10) after sliding to third successfully during the second game. Shannon Brault, SportsEngine

First Report

The shine that Holy Angels gained from their 7-1 victory in the first game of the Class 3A, Section 3 championships never seemed to wear off in the second contest. The Stars remained diligently focused at the plate and continued to connect on home runs, plus two doubles by senior Leah Cierzan, which gave them a 6-1 win to become Class 3A, Section 3 champions.  

Those two Cierzan doubles led to her racking up three RBIs in game two, which led all hitters. And her hot hitting came in hand with a solid, controlling pitching performance in what was back-to-back complete games for Cierzan.  

Emily Rosen was effective offensively in the second game, as she attempted to keep the Warriors in the game while the Stars struggled to convert bases. Her three hits led to Rosen batting in her team’s only run of the game. But the Stars’ consistency on offense kept biting the Warriors again and again.  

Evelyn Jastrow also chipped in for Holy Angels, with three hits that led to an RBI and Jastrow scoring three runs, and the offensive barrage was too much for the Warriors to overcome. The back-to-back wins clinched Holy Angels title as section champions, and a spot in the state tournament.  

Emily Rosen (22) at base during the second game played between Two Rivers and Holy Angels on Friday. Shannon Brault, SportsEngine

Game One

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