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By Dwight Cadwell
Pine Knot News Sports 

South Ridge gets first title; draws returning state champs


June 7, 2019

Photos by Jana Peterson / Pine Knot Sports

Panthers pitcher Malania Madill gets a hug from teammate Natalie Smith after South Ridge won the championship game on a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh that sent Smith home with the game-winning run.

For a season threatened by no head softball coach until a few days before the start of spring practice, having Roger Plachta appears to have been the perfect choice. The former University of Wisconsin- Superior softball coach and his players surprised everyone in the 7A playoffs. First they defeated favored Carlton, then they knocked off Cherry 1-0 in Thursday's Section 7A championship game at Braun Park in Cloquet.

Plachta and the Panthers head to North Mankato this week to play in the school's first girls state softball tournament.

It was a pitcher's duel throughout the contest Thursday,...

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