Area Softball: Patriots score season-opening win
LITTLE FALLS—Defensive gems highlighted Pequot Lakes' 4-1 non-conference victory over Little Falls Thursday, April 18.
Ari Merta collected a highlight reel catch in left field and Pequot head coach Bret Sergent praised the play of catcher Maddy Morrison, who threw a runner out trying to steal and hauled in a pop up at the backstop.
Morrison also helped Pequot pitcher Morgan Eckes earn the win. Eckes struck out three, walked one and allowed three hits and no earned runs.
The Flyers' Allie Steinmetz struck out three, walked two and allowed four hits and one earned run.
Pequot Lakes 4 4 2
Little Falls 1 3 6
WP: Morgan Eckes. LP: Allie Stineimentz. Overall: LF , PL 1-0. Next: Little Falls hosts Foley 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23; Pequot Lakes hosts Pillager 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22.
WDC 13, Pillager 12
PILLAGER—Courtney Warren finished 3-5 with five RBIs, three runs and a double to lead the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 13-12 Park Region Conference victory over the Pillager Huskies Thursday, April 18.
Kyla Ness went 3-5 with two runs, two RBIs and a double and Mercedes Schulz finished 3-4 with three runs and two RBIs. Nevada Schulz finished 3-4 with two runs and an RBI and Mackenzie Carsten drove in two runs.
Pillager's Jenna Woidyla went 3-4 with three RBIs and a run. Ella Kilchesky went 3-5 with three RBis and a run and Sam Macheel drove in two runs. Skyler Uselman and Kacey Anderson each finished 3-5 with two runs and an RBI.
Wadena-DC 13 20 0
Pillager 12 9 1
WP: Mackenzie Carsten. LP: Ella Kilchesky. 2B: WDC-Courtney Warren, Kyla Ness, Mackenzie Carsten. P-Jenna Woidyla, Sam Bennett, Ella Kilchesky, Sam Macheel, Kacey Anderson. Conference: Pill , WDC 3-1. Overall: Pill 0-4, WDC 3-1. Next: Pillager at Pequot Lakes 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22; Wadena-Deer Creek hosts Wadena-Deer Creek 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22.
PARKERS PRAIRIE—Melanie Line pitched a five-hit 1-0 shutout and Mikayla Hinzmann threw a five-hit 3-1 victory to pitch the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Pirates to a Park Region Conference sweep of Parkers Prairie Thursday, April 18.
In Game Two, Molly Brownlow went 1-3 with a run and an RBI. Hinzmann struck out four, walked two and allowed one earned run.
Line struck out seven and walked one for the Game One win. Kaija Weishalla was 2-3 and Morgan Glenz hit a double, but it was Skylar Bertram's run that was the difference.
Parkers Prairie 0 5 2
Bertha-Hewitt/V 1 5 0
WP: Melanie Line. LP: Macy Jakubiec. 2B: Morgan Glenz.
Parkers Prairie 1 5 3
Bertha-Hewitt/V 3 3 2
WP: MiKayla Hinzmann. LP: Kieda Wagner. Next: Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at Pine River-Backus 5 p.m. Monday, April 22.
Royalton 13, Pierz 4
PIERZ—Jade Porter's home run paced the Pierz Pioneers in their first loss of the season falling 13-4 to the Royalton Royals in a non-conference game Thursday, April 18.
Taylor Cummings went 4-4 and Emily Sadlovsky struck out three in the loss.
Royalton 13 13 1
Pierz 4 9 2
LP: Emily Sadlovsky. HR: Jade Porter. Overall: Prz 3-1. Next: Pierz hosts Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 4 p.m. Monday, April 22 (2).
Osakis 17, Staples-Motley 2
OSAKIS—Staples-Motley's Amaya Converse struck out two as the Cardinals were outscored 17-2 by the Osakis Silverstreaks in a non-conference game Thursday, April 18.
Staples-Motley 2 7
Osakis 17 11
WP: Shelbe Schmidt. LP: Amaya Converse. Overall: SM 0-3. Next: Staples-Motley hosts Wadena-Deer Creek 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22.