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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Warriors finish perfect season


MOORHEAD — For the first in program history, the Brainerd Warriors finished the regular season 17-0 as they swept Friday’s non-conference doubleheader with the Moorhead Spuds 10-4 and 12-0.


The sweep assured Class 3A’s eighth-ranked Warriors of home-field advantage throughout the Section 8-3A playoffs.

Nikki Anderson struck out four and walked one in three no-hit innings of Game One. Karlie Manton relieved her and struck out five over four innings. She did allow four runs on five hits.

Offensively, Ali Beadle ripped a home run, her third of the season, and a double to finish 3-5. Ashley Tibbetts was 3-5 and Carlie Sweet finished 3-4 with a triple and a double.

Anderson pitched all five innings of Game Two. She struck out 10 and walked none.

Jenni Smolke finished 305 with a home run and a double. Sweet was 3-3 with a home run and Tibbetts added another homer.

The Brainerd JV squad also finished strong defeating the Spuds 11-1 and 10-0 to end their season 15-2.

Game One

Brainerd 10 13 4

Moorhead 4 5 4

WP: Nikki Anderson. LP: Emily Kari. 2B: Brd-Ali Beadle, Carlie Sweet. 3B: Brd-Sweet. HR: Brd-Ali Beadle.

Game Two

Brainerd 12 13 0   5 innings

Moorhead 0 1 5

WP: Anderson. LP: Steph Ussatis. 2B: Brd-Jenny Smolke. HR: Brd-Smolke, Sweet, Tibbetts. Overall: Brd 17-0. Next: Brainerd in Section 8-3A tournament 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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 — 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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