AREA SOFTBALL: Hunstad, Pillager hold off Pirates
VERNDALE — Ally Hunstad pitched all seven innings in leading the Pillager Huskies to a 7-5 win over the Verndale Pirates in a Park Region Conference game Tuesday.
Hunstad struck out seven and walked just two, while giving up only two earned runs and helped her cause by going 2-4 with a double and RBI.
Danielle Johnson was 2-3 with an RBI and a run. Hannah Horn finished 2-3 with a run scored and Kaylie Hanson added a double.
Lizzy Yungbauer rapped a pair of doubles for Verndale and Kirsten Korfe added a double.
Verndale 5 11 2
Pillager 7 12 3
WP: Ally Hunstad. LP: J. Swenson. 2B: Pil-Kaylie Hanson, Hunstad, Vern-Lizzy Yungbauer (2), Kirsten Korfe. Conference: P 7-5, V 1-13. Overall: P 9-6, V 2-17. Next: Pillager at Sebeka 4:30 p.m. Thursday (2); Verndale at Nevis 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pequot Lakes 24, Aitkin 0
AITKIN — Markie Abramo slapped two doubles, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Pequot Lakes Patriots claimed a 24-0 non-conference win over the Aitkin Gobblers on Tuesday.
Leading 11-0 in the fifth, the Patriots exploded for 13 runs on 12 hits, all with two outs.
Kayla Miller, Megan Hogen and Jamie Sewall also collected doubles for the Patriots.
Angelica Montano went 2-2 with a double for the Gobblers.
Pequot Lakes 24 17 1
Aitkin 0 3 3
WP: Katie White. LP: Courtney Tesch. 2B: Ait-Angelica Montano, PL-Kayla Miller, PL-Markie Abramo (2), PL-Megan Hogen, PL-Jamie Sewall. Overall: PL 12-6, A 3-9. Next: Crosby-Ironton at Aitkin 4:30 p.m. Thursday; Pequot Lakes at Park Rapids 4 p.m. (2) Thursday.
Little Falls 9, Tech 5
ST. CLOUD — Paige Beseman had two hits, both doubles, knocking in three runs for the Little Falls Flyers as they defeated the St. Cloud Tech Tigers 9-5 in a Central Lakes Conference game Tuesday.
Makayla Jorgensen and Britian Conley each went 3-4 for the Flyers while teammate Holly Kampa was 2-4, with a double, and three RBIs.
Little Falls 9 13 6
St. Cloud Tech 5 8 3
WP: Chloe Nelson. LP: Becca Sytsma . 2B: Paige Beseman (2), Holly Kampa. Conference: LF 3-10. Overall: LF 5-12. Next: Little Falls at Fergus Falls 5 p.m. Thursday.
Pine River-Backus 5
WADENA — Caitlin Volkmann was 3-3 and Melissa Moenkedick 3-4 to help the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines past the Pine River-Backus Tigers 10-5 in a non-conference game Tuesday.
It was only the third loss of the season for the Tigers, who were led by Morgan Demars. She went 2-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Tatum Sheley also doubled while going 2-4 and Caroline Welsand finished 3-4 with an RBI.
Pine River-Backus 5 9 2
Wadena-DC 10 7 3
WP: Amanda Perkins. LP: Autumn Ackerman. 2B: PRB-Morgan Demars (2), Sheley Tatum. Overall: PRB 12-3, WDC 9-7. Next: Frazee at Pine River-Backus 4:30 p.m. Thursday; Bertha-Hewitt at Wadena-Deer Creek 4:30 p.m. Friday; Bertha-Hewitt at Wadena-Deer Creek 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Pierz, Rockford split
ROCKFORD — Pierz wrapped up its regular season splitting a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader Tuesday with Rockford.
Pierz lost Game One 5-1 and won Game Two 6-4.
The Pioneers managed just five hits in Game One, all for extra bases led by Megan Boser’s triple. Elizabeth Tomala, Miranda Woitalla, Anna Welle and Sara Schlegel each had a double.
Boser was 2-3 with a double and two runs scored in Game Two.
Pierz 5 5 4
Rockford 10 17 2
WP: Alexis Majeski. LP: Katelyn Fuhrman. 2B: Prz-Elizabeth Tomala, Miranda Woitalla, Anna Welle, Sara Schlegel. 3B: Prz-Megan Boser.
Pierz 6 10 5
Rockford 4 7 1
WP: Katelyn Fuhrman. LP: Brianna Calder. 2B: Prz-Boser. Conference: Prz 5-9. Overall: Prz 7-12. Next: Pierz in section playoffs - seeding on Wednesday.