NORTH MANKATO, Minn. -- No. 5 Badger-Greenbush-Middle River rode pitching and defense to a 4-2 win over No. 4 Waterville-E-M in the Minnesota state Class A quarterfinals on Thursday.

Gators pitcher Mariah Christian threw seven innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. She struck out five.

At the plate, the Gators had nine hits scattered throughout the lineup. Ella Heggedal's two singles gave her the only multi-hit game in the BGMR lineup.

Christian went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI.

The Gators (22-4) will play No. 1 New York Mills at 7 p.m. in the state semifinals.

Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 4,

Waterville-E-M 2

BAD 000 121 0 -- 4 9 0

WEM 200 000 0 -- 2 4 1

WP -- Mariah Christian; LP -- Trista Hering

Highlights -- BGMR: Ella Heggedal 2x3, Mariah Chrstian 1x3, 2B, RBI; WEM: Hering 9 Ks, Autumn Taylor 1x4, HR, 2 RBIs, Lindsay Condon 1x3, 3B, Ellile Ready 1x2

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