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LOCAL SHORTS: Ashley Olson pitcher of week

Northwestern College pitcher Ashley Olson of Baxter was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference pitcher of the Week April 12 after two impressive performances.

On April 5, Olson pitched a perfect game, a 15-0 win against Crown College, and struck out seven.

Four days later, she turned in another dominating performance in a 10-2 win over Northland College. The senior right-hander allowed one earned run and stuck out two.

Through 26 games, Olson leads Eagles pitchers with a 6-4 record and 2.92 ERA in 52.2 innings. 

Northwestern, 7-4 in the UMAC and 12-14 overall, hosts Bethany Lutheran on Thursday and Martin Luther on Friday.

Freshmen baseball sweeps

The Brainerd Warriors freshmen baseball team swept St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday.

In Game One, Logan McElfresh was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Nate DeChaine was 2-3 with an RBI in an 8-0 win.

In a 7-5 win in Game Two, Zack Houle was 2-3 and Nick Schwab was 1-2 with three RBIs.

Game One (5 innings)

Brainerd 8 8 0

Apollo     0 3 2

WP: Beau Janousek.

Game Two (4 innings)

Brainerd 7 4 6

Apollo     5 3 5

WP: Griffin Campbell

Freshmen softball sweeps

The Brainerd freshmen softball team won two games against St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday. 

In the first game, Bailey O'Hotto hit two home runs, scored three runs and picked up the win. Faith Kassulker and Marrissa Brown each had extra-base hits for the Warriors, who won 19-1. 

In the second game, Maddi Franz and Kelsey Boyd combined to pick up a 15-12 win. Caitlyn Jay, Shalee Britton, Hailey Smude, Jenna Dahl and Tessa Gilson each had multiple hits.

Little Falls activities 

banquet May 2

The Little Falls High School activities banquet will be held on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Falls Ballroom. 

This banquet is for senior varsity letterwinners and fine arts students, their families and friends. 

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in the high school activities office by April 28.