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ALGONA | The Bishop Garrigan softball team advanced to the Class 1A, Region 8 semifinals on Wednesday, as the team beat Northwood-Kensett by an 11-1 score. 

The Golden Bears got the winning runs on a three-run home run from junior pitcher Amanda Miller. The homer gave Bishop Garrigan a 10-run lead, which ended the game after five innings. 

"It feels really good," coach Wendi Meister said. "It was Amanda's first home run this year. It felt really good to end the game on that. She didn't have to go back out and pitch a couple more innings, so going into Friday, we should be fresh and ready to go."

The Golden Bears had 11 hits in the ball game, and took advantage as Vikings' catcher Alexis Halbach struggled to block balls behind the plate. Bishop Garrigan wound up with nine steals on the day. Juniors Madison Meister, and Aubree Altman, along with sophomore Gracie Elsbecker, each had three hits in the ballgame. 

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"It feels really good. We talked today about taking care of business, and showing that we were a team that is 26-6," Meister said. "That we're the better team, and to take care of business in every aspect on the field."

Bishop Garrigan will play at home against North Butler on Friday in the semifinal round. North Butler advanced thanks to a win over Nashua-Plainfield by an identical 11-1 score.

Northwood-Kensett ends its season with a 13-13 record. 

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