New York Mills and ace pitcher Rhiana Roberts (13) are one win away from consecutive Class 1A titles after defeating Randolph in the semifinals. Photo by Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports Media
Defending state champion New York Mills pulled away from Randolph with two runs in the sixth inning for a 5-3 victory in the Class 1A semifinals.
Rhiana Roberts struck out seven in seven innings for the top-seeded Eagles (26-1). Tiffany Thompson hit two solo homer for New York Mills. Megan Erickson led Randolph (23-2) with two hits and an RBI.
Earlier Thursday, New York Mills needed a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 6-5 quarterfinal victory over Hayfield (14-8).