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Area Roundup: Denmark softball earns No. 3 seed after 10-inning thriller

Denmark's softball team used a four-run 10th inning Thursday to pull past Blessed Trinity, 6-3, and secure the No. 3 seed in next week's Class 4A state tournament. 

The Danes (17-10, 8-6 Region 7-4A) fell behind early but knotted up the game 2-2 in the sixth inning when Bree Vanderhoof's single scored a pair of runs.

The two teams exchanged scoreless frames until the 10th inning, when Morgan Kilmer scored on an error, Jessie DeNardo doubled in Campbell, Kayla Smith hit a triple to score DeNardo, then came around to score on Taylor Gajdik's RBI single. 

Smith finished with three hits and two runs scored, while Gajdik chipped in a pair of hits and a walk to lead Denmark at the plate.

Aubri Childress pitched six innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits and walking five while striking out one. Gajdik picked up the win, tossing four innings of no-hit relief, striking out three and walking two. 

Denmark, which is the fifth Forsyth County softball team to punch its ticket to the postseason, will travel to LaGrange (20-10) on Tuesday for the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

Forsyth Central, Lambert, North Forsyth and South Forsyth will also open the playoffs next week, with North Forsyth and South Forsyth hosting first-round games.