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Area Softball: Flyers blank Pierz to advance

LITTLE FALLS — Jamie Jenks and Alayna Kabanuk powered the No. 3 seeded Little Falls Flyers to an 8-0 win over the No. 6 Pierz Pioneers Friday in the East Subsection 6-2A quarterfinals.

The Flyers jumped on the Pioneers for six runs in the first two innings to avenge an earlier loss to Pierz in their season opener.

Jenks went 2-2 with grand slam and a double, five RBIs and four runs scored.

Kabanuk finished 4-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Senior Chloe Nelson won her seventh game of the year with a five-hit shutout. She struck out five and walked none.

Brooke Brausen went 2-3 for Pierz.

Pierz 0 5 3

Little Falls 8 10 2

WP: Chloe Nelson. LP: Tiara Hopkins. 2B: LF-Jamie Jenks, Alayna Kabanuk. HR: LF-Jenks. Overall: Prz finishes 9-11, LF 13-8. Next: Little Falls vs. No. 2 Milaca/No. 7 Paynesville winner in East Subsection 6-2A semifinals at high seed 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Pequot Lakes 14,

Melrose 3

PEQUOT LAKES — Megan Hogan ripped a walk-off, bases-clearing double in her last career home at-bat as No. 1 seeded Pequot Lakes eliminated eighth-seeded Melrose Friday in the West Subsection 6-2A quarterfinals.

Katie White went the distance for Class 2a’s eighth-ranked and unbeaten Patriots, striking out nine and walking none in six innings. She allowed one earned run off nine hits.

Lindzee Johnson notched two doubles and knocked in three RBIs. Kayla Miller contributed two hits and scored twice and White helped her own cause by adding two hits and three RBIs.

Melrose 3 9 2

Pequot Lakes 14 9 1

WP: Katie White. LP: Sydney Petermeier. 2B: PL-Lindzee Johnson (2), White, Hogan. Overall: PL 21-0. Next: Pequot Lakes/Melrose winner vs. No. 4 Staples-Motley/No. 5 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle winner in West Subsection 6-2A semifinals at Melrose 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Staples-Motley 9,

Long Prairie-GE 0

STAPLES — The No. 4 seeded Staples-Motley Cardinals advanced to the West Subsection 6-2A semifinals after eliminating fifth-seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 9-0 Friday.

Megan Vetsch struck out 10, walked two and gave up three hits avenging a 10-5 loss to LP-GE May 15.

Kyann Nyhus went 3-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and Quinn Uhlman finished 2-4 with a run and two RBIs. Kayla Schmeig drove in two runs while going 1-2 with a pair of sacrifice bunts.

Long Prairie-GE 0 3 3

Staples-Motley 9 13 3

WP: Megan Vetsch. LP: Emily Jansen. Overall: SM 10-8. Next: No. 1 Pequot Lakes vs. Staples-Motley in West Subsection 6-2A semifinals at TBD 5 p.m. Tuesday.

OTC 13, WDC 2

BATTLE LAKE — Caitlin Volkmann went 1-2 with a sacrifice fly and a run scored, but was tagged with the loss as No. 6 Wadena-Deer Creek was eliminated from the West Subsection 6-2A playoffs with a 13-2 loss to third-seeded Ottertail Central Friday.

Wadena-DC 2 5 3

Ottertail Central 13 10 1

WP: Shaina Underhill. LP: Caitlin Volkmann. 2B: WDC-Volkmann, Morgan Lugert. Overall: WDC 8-13.

Proctor 14, Aitkin 1

PROCTOR — Anna Browning’s single drove in Jenae Herron from second for the Aitkin Gobblers’ lone run in a 14-1 non-conference loss to Proctor Friday.

The Gobblers finished the regular season 3-12 and will begin Section 7-1A play Tuesday.

Aitkin 1 1 4

Proctor 14 8 1

WP: Steph Torgerson. LP: Rachel Curtiss. Overall: A 3-12. Next: Aitkin in Section 7-1A tournament Tuesday TBD.

Ashby 11, Verndale 10

VERNDALE — Elyssa Kern finished 2-4 with three runs scored helping the Verndale Pirates rally with a four-run seventh to tie Friday’s non-conference game with Ashby at 10-10, before the Arrows finally won it in the eighth 11-10.

Jordyn Glenz and losing pitcher Kirstin Korfe both went 2-5 for the 3-16 Pirates.

Ashby 11 8 3

Verndale 10 10 1

WP: Amber Sundal. LP: Kirstin Korfe. Overall: V 3-16. Next: Verndale in South Subsection 6-1A tournament Tuesday.

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