On Friday, the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs defeated Caledonia/Spring Grove by an 8-3 score to earn the opportunity to play on KFIL. They then defeated Cotter to advance to play Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Tuesday.

A little confusion on the first batter, but after that, a base hit by Miranda McNallan, a fielder’s choice, and courtesy runner Kaitlyn Bade was on for Lauren Boyum. Boym singled to right-center, and Bade was coming in to score the first run. That was all the offense in the first for a 1-0 PEM lead.

In the bottom half, leadoff hitter Gabby Bowlin singled, stole second, but was picked off between second and third.

The Bulldogs had something going again in the 2nd, with Ellie Miller on 2nd after a single and stolen base. But Sam Hinrich’s line drive to short hit Miller to erase Miller on the basepaths. A couple strikeouts by Lexi Hadaway in that inning helped retire PEM.

Cotter got a runner as far as third in the second third, but it was PEM struck again. Paige Gudmundson led off the 3rd with a base hit. Paige stole second base, then was driven in by Lauren Boyum for the 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs pulled that off around three strikeouts.

Strikeouts were a story again in this one, with PEM’s Hayley Dessner striking out 5 Ramblers in a row between the third and fifth innings, and the 2-0 score held until the top of the 7th.

Paige Gudmundson again led of with a base hit. She got to second base as the ball rolled a bit in right-center. Two batters play, it was a diving play on a fly ball going deep to right center. Gudmundson tagged and scored from second to make it 3-0.

The Ramblers battled in the 7th, but Dessner allowed nothing, striking out two more Ramblers to seal the 3-0 PEM win.

Plainview-Elgin-Millville will play Zumbrota-Mazeppa Tuesday afternoon.