Softball: Northern Nightmares finish up summer season at Nationals

Northern Nightmares compete in USA Nationals

Northern Nightmares
The Northern Nightmares 18U softball team poses for a picture during their 2022 summer season.
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The Northern Nightmares 18U softball team finished their season going 2-3 in Oklahoma at the USA Nationals Tournament.

In the first game of pool play, Zakia Herron smashed a double and Mya Tautges a triple as the Nightmares lost 11-4 to Rock Gold.

The Nightmares won their second game in pool play over Florida Storm 2-1. Olivia Tautges had a double and was the winning pitcher. Josie Kappes also ripped a double.

In the third game of pool play, the Nightmares knocked off the Texas Peppers 6-3. Olivia Tautges was 2-for-4 with a home run and Kasia Kroll had three hits in the win as well.

The tournament moved to bracket play where the Nightmares lost to Foothill Gold 2-0. Kroll had two hits in the loss as did Kiara Olesch.


In the last game, the Nightmares fell to the Texas Peppers 11-3. Kroll had a triple as one of her two hits and Olivia Tautges ripped a double in the final game.

For the summer, the Northern Nightmares finished 24-6 which included three undefeated tournaments.

Olivia Tautges led the team in batting average with a .548 average followed by Mya Taatuges at .492 and Kroll at .443.

The team was made up of primarily Brainerd athletes, who finished second in the Class 4A state tournament last spring, and two Pierz athletes.

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