AREA SOFTBALL: Pierz wins first of season
SWANVILLE — The Pierz bats exploded for 22 hits leading the Pioneers to a 20-4 triumph over Swanville Tuesday.
Pierz’s Miranda Woitalla went 4-4 with four RBIs, a double and three runs scored. Megan Boser also drove in four runs, while going 3-4 with a double, two runs and a stolen base.
Elizabeth Tomala pitched all five innings giving up just three hits, while striking out six and walking four.
Pierz 20 22 1
Swanville 4 3 2
WP: Elizabeth Tomala. LP: Lexi Loven. 2B: Prz-Megan Boser, Miranda Woitalla, Katelyn Fuhrman, Kailee Monson. Overall: Prz 1-4. Next: Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Pierz 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pine River-Backus 21,
Red Lake 4
PINE RIVER — Autumn Ackerman pitched all five innings giving up just one hit and striking out eight to lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers to a 21-4 Upper Mississippi Conference win over Red Lake Tuesday.
Ackerman was perfect at the plate, as well, going 2-2 with a pair of triples.
PR-B’s Katie Wangberg ripped a pair of triples while going 3-3 and drove in four runs.
Morgan DeMars was 3-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Caroline Welsand finished 3-4 with two RBIs, a double and a triple.
Red Lake 4 1 2
Pine River-Backus 21 19 1
WP: Autumn Ackerman. 2B: PRB-Caroline Welsand, Morgan DeMars. 3B: PRB-Katie Wangberg (2), Ackerman (2), Welsand, DeMars. Conference: PRB 3-0. Overall: PRB 3-0. Next: Nevis at Pine River-Backus 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Aitkin 8, Rush City 3
AITKIN — Morgan Schoonover tagged a bases-clearing double for the Aitkin Gobblers in an 8-3 Great River Conference win over the Rush City Tigers Tuesday.
Courtney Tesch earned the win allowing just two hits, while striking out eight through seven innings. Jana Kangas added a triple and Gel Montano went 2-4 with an RBI for the Gobblers.
Rush City 3 2 3
Aitkin 8 6 3
WP: Courtney Tesch. LP: Abby Scherer. 2B: A-Morgan Schoonover. 3B: A-Jana Kangas. Conference: A 1-2. Overall: A 2-2. Next: Aitkin at Braham 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
OTC sweeps Verndale
VERNDALE — Jordy Schluttner was 1-3 with three RBIs and Kirsten Korfe scored twice on two walks during the Verndale Pirates 9-5 Game One loss to the Ottertail Central Bulldogs Tuesday.
Verndale fell in Game Two 5-2. Teresa Moenkedick was 1-2 with a run scored.
Ottertail Central 9 13 0
Verndale 5 5 6
WP: Carmen Malmstrom. LP: Jenny Swenson.
Ottertail Central 5 9 2
Verndale 2 4 4
WP: Shaina Underhill. LP: Swenson. Conference: V 1-4. Overall: V 1-4. Next: Verndale vs. Eagle Valley at Clarissa 4 p.m. Thursday.