Area Softball: Aitkin wins 1st 2 of season
AITKIN—Ramsey Moe went 7-7 with two doubles, three RBIs and six runs for the Aitkin Gobblers who picked up their first wins of the season with a 24-9 and 22-3 Mid-State Conference sweep of Staples-Motley Tuesday.
Winning pitcher Sarah Curtiss went 3-4 in Game One for Aitkin with a pair of doubles, four runs and four RBIs. Chandra MacDonald turned in three hits, including a double, and Ally Ehnstrom homered, drove in five and scored three runs. Kenna MacDonald added a double.
Amyah Converse tripled for the Cards while going 2-4 and Kayla Yoder finished 3-3.
In the second game, Chandra MacDonald went 4-5 with a double, three RBIs and three runs and Moe finished 3-3 with a double. Also contributing doubles were Ehnstrom, who was 3-5, Jillian MacDonald and Shelby Coombs.
Allison Cushing was 2-3 with a double, while Converse and Yoder also contributed multiple hits for S-M.
Staples-Motley 9 11 0 (4 innings)
Aitkin 24 18 1
WP: Sarah Curtiss. LP: A. Converse. 2B: A-Chandra MacDonald, Curtiss 2, Kenna MacDonald, Ramsey Moe. 3B: SM-Converse. HR: A-Ally Ehnstrom.
Aitkin 22 17 0 (5 innings)
Staples-Motley 3 9 3
WP: Grace Liljenquist. LP: Kayla Yoder. 2B: A-Jillian MacDonald, C. MacDonald, Moe, Ehnstrom, Shelby Coombs; SM-Allison Cushing 2. Conference: A 2-6, SM 0-8. Overall: A 2-12, SM 0-14. Next: Staples-Motley at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 16; Crosby-Ironton at Aitkin 4:30 p.m. (2) Thursday, May 17.
C-I takes 2
CROSBY—Caitlyn Gutzman went a combined 7-for-11 with four RBIs, four doubles and one triple as the Crosby-Ironton Rangers swept Upsala 16-6, 11-7 in a non-conference game Tuesday.
In Game one, Macy Roach went 3-5 with two RBIs and two doubles and Casidy Dueer went 3-4 with three runs, a double and an RBI.
Bryanna Wilson went 3-5 with a run and an RBI in Game Two. Casidy Dueer was 2-3 with three runs and an RBI. Anabel combined for six hits and added an RBI in Game Two.
Katjanna Tauzell and Matt Kovatovich each went 2-4 with two RBIs and two runs and Emma Sanford was 2-4 with two runs an an RBI.
Kovatovich pitched both wins.
Upsala 6 10 3
Crosby-Ironton 16 19 0
WP: Mattie Kovatovich. LP: L. Lange. 2B: Caitlyn Gutzman, Katjanna Tauzell. 3B: Gutzman, Emma Sanford, Mya Decent.
Crosby-Ironton 11 18 3
Upsala 7 12 2
WP: M. Kovatovich. LP: A. Soltis. 2B: Gutzman(3), Bryanna Wilson, Casidy Duerr, Macey Roach(2), Kovatovich. Overall: C-I 13-5. Next: Crosby-Ironton at Aitkin 4:30 p.m. (2) Thursday, May 17.
Pequot wins 2
PEQUOT LAKES—Eighth-grader Morgan Eckes pitched two complete games for the Pequot Lakes Patriots who closed out their regular season with a 17-1 win over Bagley and an 11-3 win over Pine River-Backus Tuesday.
Eckes struck out seven, walked one and allowed two hits against Bagley. Against PRB, she struck out five, walked four and allowed six hits.
Mariah Rickard went 3-3 with a double and three RBIs for Pequot against Bagley. Kenzie Nelson added a double and Karlie Trottier finished 2-4.
Against PRB, Alex Kotaska and Bre Sewall doubled and Nelson ripped a triple for the Patriots. Trottier, Rickard and Cassandra Haman all went 2-4.
Bailey Wynn, Emma Barchus and Jamie Johnson all went 2-3 to account for PRB's six hits. The Tigers efforts were hampered by 10 errors.
Bagley 1 2 3 (4 innings)
Pequot Lakes 17 8 1
WP: Morgan Eckes. LP: M. Melbo. 2B: PL-Mariah Rickard, Kenzie Nelson.
PR-Backus 3 6 10
Pequot Lakes 11 11 1
WP: Morgan Eckes. LP: Jada Olivier. 2B: PL-Alex Kotaska, Bre Sewall. 3B: PL-Mariah Rickard. Overall: PL 11-5, PRB 12-2. Next: Pequot Lakes TBA. Cass Lake-Bena at Pine River-Backus 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 16.
Pierz 5, LPGE 2
PIERZ—Brittney Boser struck out 13 and allowed two earned runs on three hits as she pitched the Pierz Pioneers to a 5-2 non-conference victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Tuesday.
Boser helped her own cause by going 2-3 with a double, an RBI and a run.
Ella Kalusche was 2-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs and Taylor Cummings went 2-2 with a double for Pierz.
Long Prairie-GE 2 3 1
Pierz 5 9 0
WP: Brittney Boser. 2B: P-Boser, Ella Kalusche 2, Taylor Cummings. Overall: P 13-3. Next: Pierz at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 4 p.m. (2) Thursday, May 17.
Pillager 5, Royalton 4
PILLAGER—Pillager rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh on four walks, a fielder's choice and a walk-off single by Savannah Sprau that closed out the Huskies' regular season with a 5-4 non-conference victory over the Royalton Royals.
Samantha Thomas had three hits for Pillager which was outhit 11-6, but was able to take advantage of 10 walks and five Royalton errors.
Ella Kilchesky struck out five and walked one for the win.
Royalton 4 11 5
Pillager 5 6 2
WP: Ella Kilchesky. Overall: P 12-8. Next: Pillager in Section 6-2A Tournament TBA.
W-DC 9, Swanville 8
WADENA—Kyla Ness slapped one double with 2 RBIs and 3 runs in a 9-8 Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines win over Swanville Tuesday.
Hailey Wiederich totalled one double and 2 RBIs and Courtney Warren added a double for the 8-8 Wolverines.
Swanville 8 9 1
Wadena-DC 9 7 2
WP: Mackenzie Carsten. LP: Emily Beeseman. 2B: Kyla Ness, Courtney Warren, Hailey Wiederich. Overall: WDC 8-8. Next: Menahga at Wadena-Deer Creek 4 p.m. (2) Thursday, May 16.
Zimmerman 11, Little Falls 2
ZIMMERMAN—Vy Do had two hits and Jasmine Miller doubled for the Little Falls Flyers in an 11-2 Granite Ridge Conference loss to the Zimmerman Thunder Tuesday.
Little Falls 2 7 7
Zimmerman 11 10 1
WP: M. Olene. LP: Allie Steinmetz. 2B: LF-Jasmine Miller. Conference: LF 3-6. Overall: LF 6-10. Next: Milaca at Little Falls 5 p.m. Thursday, May 17.
B-H/V falls twice
SEBEKA—Morgan Glenz, Katie Johnson and Melanie Line all doubled and finished with two hits for the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders in a 10-9, eight-inning, loss to the Sebeka Trojans in the first game of a Park Region Conference doubleheader Tuesday.
Sebeka finished a sweep of the Raiders with a 15-4 Game Two victory
Also collecting two hits for BHV in the opening game were Haley Youngbauer, Shiann Richter, Molly Brownlow and Kaija Weishalla.
Youngbauer doubled for the Raiders in the second game and Cortnie Cottrell drove in two runs.
B-H/Verndale 9 15 6 (8 innings)
Sebeka 10 15 5
WP: Ava Rathcke. LP: Cortnie Cottrell. 2B: BHV-Morgan Glenz, Katie Johnson, Melanie Line.
Sebeka 15 16 2 (6 innings)
B-H/Verndale 4 5 8
WP: Ava Rathcke. LP: MiKayla Hintzmann. 2B: BHV-Haley Youngbauer. Conference: BHV 5-7. Overall: BHV 7-9. Next: Parkers Prairie vs. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at Bertha 4 p.m. (2) Thursday, May 16.