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Area Softball: Rangers squeak by Pillager

CROSBY—Caitlyn Gutzman singled in Mattie Kovatovich with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a 7-6 non-conference win over the Pillager Huskies Thursday.

Kovatovich tossed all seven innings for the win. She struck out six and walked just one. C-I's Casidy Duerr went 4-4 with a double and Macey Roach went 2-4 with a double.

Pillager 6 7 4

Crosby-Ironton 7 13 1

WP: Mattie Kovatovich. LP: Ella Kilchesky. 2B: C-I-Cassidy Duerr P-Kilchesky, Samantha Thomas. Overall: P 0-3, C-I 1-2. Next: Pillager vs. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at Verndale 4 p.m. (2) Friday April 27; Isle at Crosby-Ironton 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 27.

Little Falls 8, Zimmerman 6

LITTLE FALLS—Jasmine Miller went 2-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Little Falls Flyers in an 8-6 Granite Ridge Conference win over the Zimmerman Thunder Thursday.

Kali Mammenga finished 3-3 with an RBI for the Flyers, while Megan Kirk was 2-4 with a double and Savea Zimmerman scored twice while going 2-3.

Zimmerman 6 5 0

Little Falls 8 15 3

WP: Allie Steinmetz. LP: M. Olene. 2B: LF-Megan Kirk. 3B: LF-Jasmine Miller. Conference: LF 2-0. Overall: LF 2-0. Next: Little Falls at Detroit Lakes tournament 11 a.m. Friday.

Pierz wins 2

PIERZ—Laura Skiba slammed two home runs as the Pierz Pioneers swept both games of a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader with the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles 9-1, 8-7 Thursday.

Brittney Boser finished with a combined 17 strikeouts and allowed just eight hits to pick up both wins.

Game One

Pierz 9 8 1

EV-W 1 3 1

WP: Brittney Boser. 3B: Ella Kalusche. HR: Laura Skiba.

Game Two

Pierz 8 8 4

EV-W 7 5 4

WP: Brittney Boser. HR: Laura Skiba. Conference: Prz 3-0. Overall: Prz 3-0. Next: Pierz hosts St. Cloud Cathedral 4:30 p.m. Friday.

BHV 27, SM 5

STAPLES—Haley Youngbauer and Morgan Glenz had two hits apiece for the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders who needed just eight hits in a 27-5 non-conference victory over the Staples-Motley Cardinals Thursday.

The Raiders took advantage of seven S-M errors and 25 walks. They plated 14 runners in the sixth inning.

Youngbauer finished 2-2 with a double and three runs and Glenz was 2-4 with three RBIs and three runs.

Makaya Richards drove in two runs for the Cards.

BH-V 27 8 4

S-M 5 5 8

WP: Cortnie Cottrell. LP: Makayla Richards. 2B: BHV-Haley Youngbauer. Overall: SM 0-3, BHV 2-2. Next: Staples-Motley at Frazee tournament 11 a.m. Saturday; Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale vs. Pequot Lakes 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Park Rapids 15, Wadena-Deer Creek 0

PARK RAPIDS—Lila Lohmiller and Laura Krause collected the only two hits for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a four-inning, 15-0 non-conference loss to the Park Rapids Panthers Thursday.

Wadena-DC 0 2 3

Park Rapids 15 16 0

4 innings

WP: R. Michaelson. LP: Mackenzie Carsten. Conference: WDC 1-1. Overall: WDC 1-1. Next: Staples-Motley at Wadena-Deer Creek 4:30 p.m., New York Mills at Wadena-Deer Creek 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27.