AUSTIN, Minn. — It took the long route to get there but Winona is moved into the Section 1AAA Softball Tournament final with a loss and a win on Tuesday at Todd Park in Austin, Minn.

The Winhawks lost to Northfield 2-0 in the tournament semifinal before moving into the loser’s bracket final where they defeated Kasson-Mantorville 2-0.

Winona’s Annika Anderson and Northfield’s Brynn Hostetler — a former Winhawks backup — engaged in a pitcher’s duel in the semifinal. Hostetler allowed only one hit with 12 strikeouts in a shutout for the Raiders. And Anderson struck out four while giving up two runs on four hits.

Lauryn Hamernik got the lone hit for the Winhawks with a first-inning double off the fence.

After pitching well against Northfield, Anderson came right back and pitched a shutout against Kasson-Mantorville in the loser’s bracket final. She gave up three hits and struck out nine. And she was effective at the plate as well, going 2-for-3.

The Winhawks took the lead in the first inning when Macy McNally scored on a throwing error on a double steal by her and Hamernik.

Winona added some insurance in the third as Carson Johnson scored on a McNally groundout to second base.

The Winhawks play Northfield for the Section 1AAA Championship at 5 p.m. Thursday back at Todd Park.

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