Despite chilly 40-degree conditions, freshman Olivia Tautges was hot going 4-for-4 with five RBIs in the Brainerd Warriors' 9-3 victory over Central Lakes Conference foe St. Cloud Tech in the season opener Tuesday, April 9 at Adamson Field in Brainerd.

Tautges had two-out, two-run singles in the first and third innings as the Warriors assumed a 4-3 lead. She then drove in her team's final run in a five-run sixth inning with another two-out hit.

"Olivia was a beast today," Brainerd coach Shane Jordan said of Tautges, who drove in eight runs in 23 games last year as an eighth grader. "She's long and strong as a hitter."

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"Olivia (Tautges) was a beast today." - Brainerd coach Shane Jordan

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Tautges is also benefiting this spring from extra batting practice.

"Every day after practice I've been hitting two buckets of balls in our pole barn," said Tautges, who had her first varsity four-hit game. "I also had been pulling the ball, but this year I've been working on hitting to all fields."

 

The Warriors had plenty of offense with 14 total hits, including three each by Kasia Kroll and Emma Korhonen at the top of the batting order.

"I thought our whole team did a good job of putting the ball in play and running the bases, especially late in the game," Jordan said. "We were aggressive and our players did everything we asked of them. I was also really proud of our defense. We were new in a lot of spots, but I thought we played great defense."

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Warriors 9, St. Cloud Tech 3

  • Key: Freshman Olivia Tautges had 4 hits and 5 RBIs to spark the opening win
  • Conf: Brd 1-0, SCT 0-1
  • Overall: Brd 1-0, SCT 0-1
  • Next: Brainerd host Fergus Falls 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
  • For more photos of the Brainerd Warriors softball players, go to https://bit.ly/2P1f6V8

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Tech opened the scoring in the top of the first on Emma Imdieke's RBI single. The Tigers could have assumed a bigger lead, but Emma Borchert was thrown out trying to score on a close play at the plate. Winning pitcher Abby Pelowski closed out the inning by forcing a ground ball for the third out with two runners on base.

"Abby fought through a bummy first inning and pitched four strong innings," Jordan said of Pelowski, who allowed four hits, two walks and one run in four innings.

Brainerd came back for a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first when Korhonen and Jordyn Sullivan scored on Tautges' first hit. The Warriors extended the lead to 4-1 in the third inning when Clare Ceynowa and Sullivan scored on Tautges' second hit.

Tech rallied with a run in the fifth and sixth innings to cut the deficit to 4-3. But Brainerd added five insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Two runs scored on Korhonen's bunt single and an error as the throw sailed into the outfield. Sullivan followed with an RBI double and Jenna Meyer added a run-scoring single. Tautges then closed out the scoring by driving in Meyer for the final run.

Tech's leadoff hitter Bailey Woommavovah had three hits while Taylor Woommavovah added two hits.

Tautges also pitched the final three innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks.

For more photos of the Brainerd Warriors softball players, go to https://bit.ly/2P1f6V8.

St. Cloud Tech 3 8 4

Brainerd 9 14 2

WP: Abby Pelowski. LP: Taylor Woommavovah. 2B: Brd-Emma Korhonen, Jordyn Sullivan.