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AREA SOFTBALL: Miller, Patriots sweep Rangers

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PEQUOT LAKES — Kayla Miller collected four hits, two triples, three RBIs and three runs as the Pequot Lakes Patriots defeated the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 15-1 and 11-1 during Tuesday’s Mid-State Conference doubleheader. 

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Rachael Langer picked up a pair of doubles, Kim Narveson went 3-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Kayla Wangen struck out five during the complete Game One victory.

Miller recorded a triple and two RBIs during Game Two, while Narveson added three more scores and Mandy Carlson finished 2-3 with a pair of  runs and RBIs.

For the Rangers, Samantha Anderson recorded two runs, Kryston Wiseley went 2-3 during Game Two and Lisa Knutson picked up an RBI.

Game One

Crosby-Ironton   1  2 10

Pequot Lakes    15 15 1

WP: Kayla Wangen. LP: Kassandra Wiseley. 2B: PL-Rachael Langer (2). 3B: PL-Kayla Miller.

Game Two

Crosby-Ironton 1 4 3

Pequot Lakes  11 12 1

WP: Katie White. LP: Kassandra Wisely. Conference: C-I 0-8, PL 8-0. Overall: C-I 1-9, PL 10-2. Next: Crosby-Ironton at Wadena-Deer Creek 4 p.m. Friday (2); Detroit Lakes at Pequot Lakes 4 p.m. Friday (2).

Flyers, Storm split

LITTLE FALLS — Tina Munnell helped her own cause with a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning as the Little Falls Flyers came from behind to claim a 7-6 Game One victory over the Sauk Rapids Storm during Tuesday’s Central Lakes Conference doubleheader. 

Chloe Nelson and Brichelle Brummer recorded doubles for the Flyers, who struggled to score base runners in a 5-2 Game Two loss.

Game One 

Sauk Rapids 6 12 1

Little Falls   7 13 4

WP: Tina Munnell. LP: Theresa Statz. 2B: LF-Munnell, LF-Brichelle Brummer, Paige Beseman, Holly Kampa. 

Game Two 

Sauk Rapids 5 7 1

Little Falls   2 5 3

WP: Bailey Weirens. LP: Chloe Nelson. 2B: LF-Chloe Nelson, Brummer. Conference: LF 1-9. Overall: 3-11. Next: Sartell at Little Falls 5 p.m. Thursday.

Pine River-Backus 15, Nevis 6

NEVIS — Morgan Demars finished 4-5 with three doubles, two runs and two RBIs as the Pine River-Backus Tigers clobbered the Nevis Tigers 15-6 during Tuesday’s Upper Mississippi Conference game. 

Nicole Tulenchik added a triple and an RBI and Autumn Ackerman fanned six batters for Pine River-Backus.

Pine River-Backus 15 13 1

Nevis                    6 4 4

WP: Autumn Ackerman. LP: Kate Dierkising. 2B: PRB-Morgan Demars (3). 3B: PRB-Nicole Tulenchik. Conference: PRB 9-0. Overall: PRB 10-1. Next: Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Pine River-Backus 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 6,

Pierz 2 

BELGRADE — Katelyn Fuhrman struck out seven batters and recorded a double for the Pierz Pioneers during a 6-2 Central Minnesota Conference game on Tuesday.

Despite collecting 16 hits, the Pioneers were only able to muster two runs, while committing five errors.

Pierz            2 16 5

Belgrade-B-E 6  7 1

WP: M Sanders. LP: Katelyn Fuhrman. 2B: Prz-Fuhrman, Megan Boser. Conference: Prz 2-5. Overall: Prz 4-8. Next: Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at Pierz 4 p.m. Thursday (2).

Menahga sweeps Pillager 

PILLAGER — Kaylie Hanson went 1-1 with a pair of walks, but Ally Hunstad’s five strike out performance was spoiled by six errors resulting in a 3-0 Game One loss to the Menahga Braves for the Pillager Huskies during Monday’s Park Region Conference doubleheader.

Hanson went 2-2 with a walk, run and an RBI and Karlie Bell was 2-2 with a pair of runs for the Huskies during a 9-5 Game Two loss that was called after 4.5 innings on account of bad weather.

Game One 

Menahga 3 5 0

Pillager   0 4 6

WP: Lindsey White. LP: Ally Hunstad. 

Game Two 

Menahga 9 9 0

Pillager   5 9 4

WP: Haley Hotakainen. LP: Kaylie Hanson. Conference: P 6-5. Overall: P 7-5. Next: Pillager, Pine River-Backus at Menahga tournament 10 a.m. Saturday.

Cards sweep W-DC

STAPLES — Jasmine McGillivray recorded a double and Game One’s first run and Kyann Nyhus drove in Kelli Roline to record Game Two’s go-ahead run as the Staples-Motley Cardinals swept the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines during Monday’s Mid-State Conference doubleheader. 

Ann Kautto added a double and Kelsey Zetah a triple during the Cardinals’ 3-0 Game One win while Taylor Toman and Roline each added runs.

MacKenzie Holst recorded a double for the Cardinals during a 5-4 win through eight innings.

Christina Wolden, Katelyn Peters, Amanda Perkins, Melissa Moenkedick and Michaela Lehmkuhl each recorded doubles for the Wolverines.

Game One 

Wadena-DC     0 5 3

Staples-Motley 3 6 5

WP: Megan Vetsch. LP: Amanda Perkins. 2B: WDC-Christina Wolden; SM-Jasmine McGillivray, Ann Kautto. 3B: SM-Kelsey Zetah.

Game Two 

Wadena-DC      4 6 3

Staples-Motley 5 9 3

WP: Vetsch. LP: Caitlin Volkmann. 2B: WDC-Katelyn Peters, Perkins, Melissa Moenkedick, Michaela Lehmkuhl; SM-MacKenzie Holst. Conference: WDC 4-5, SM 3-5. Overall: WDC 6-7, SM 6-5. Next: Perham at Staples-Motley 4 p.m. Thursday (2); Wadena-Deer Creek at Crosby-Ironton 4 p.m. Friday (2).

Sebeka sweeps Verndale 

VERNDALE — Lizzy Yungbauer tallied three hits, including a double and a triple as the Verndale Pirates lost a 17-15 Game One shootout during Tuesday’s Park Region Conference doubleheader.

Elizabeth Johnson collected a pair of doubles and Jenny Swenson hit a two-run home run, but the Pirates failed to maintain a 9-0 lead after the second inning during the loss.

Theresa Moenkedick went 2-3 with a triple and Jordy Schluttner added a double for the Pirates in an 8-2 Game Two loss.

Game One 

Sebeka   17 15 2

Verndale 15 14 5

WP: Brett Brockpiler. LP: Jenny Swenson. 2B: V-Elizabeth Johnson (2), Lizzy V-Yungbauer. 3B: V-Yungbauer. HR: V-Swenson.

Game Two 

Sebeka   8 5 2

Verndale 2 5 4

WP: Kendra Stienke. LP: Kirsten Korfe. 2B: V-Jordy Schluttner. 3B: V-Theresa Moenkedick. Conference: V 1-11. Overall: V 2-14. Next: Verndale at Menahga 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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