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Heart River tops Burros, will play for 5th place

JAMESTOWN — The Heart River softball team stayed alive in the Class B state softball tournament on Friday by registering a 13-5 win against Hillsboro-Central Valley.

The Cougars will play Wilton-Wing at 12:30 p.m. Central Time Saturday in a battle for fifth place. Against the Burros on Friday, Heart River's Abby Kessel struck out 12 batters to pick up the win. She walked four and scattered six hits across seven innings.

The Cougars were ahead from the start, scoring four runs in the first inning and four more in the third, well on their way to a lopsided victory.

Kaylee Binstock was 2 for 3 with three runs and three RBI for the Cougars, Caylee Wilke was 3 for 5 with two runs and an RBI and McKenzie Buckman had a double and two RBI.

Heart River 13, Hillsboro-Central Valley 5

HR 404 032 0 — 13 9 3

HCV 200 011 1 — 5 6 5

HR: Abby Kessel (7.0) and Mattea Binstock. HCV: Molly Knutsvig (2.2), Ashley Trudel (4.1) and Kaitlin Ensign.

W—Kessel. L—Knutsvig. HR—None.

Highlights: HR, Kaylee Binstock 2-3, 3 R, 3 RBI; Caylee Wilke 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI; Margie Silbernagel 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI; McKenzie Buckman 1-3, 2 RBI, 2B; Jersey Filkowski 1 R; Mattea Binstock 1 R; Heather Pavilish 1 R; Alexis Urias 1-3, 1 R; Meg Silbernagel 2 R; Kessel 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 7 IP, 6 H, 5 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 12 K. HCV, Janessa Matthys 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI; Laura Spurgeon 1-4, 1 RBI; Kaitlin Ensign 1-3, 2B, 1 RBI.

Parker Cotton

Cotton is the sports editor at The Press, where he covers the area's high schools. He came to The Press as the Multimedia Editor in May 2015 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with his master's degree in Sociological Practice. He holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Sociology from UNC, as well.