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Tigers place 3rd at softball tournament

After a rough start in their first game against the Park Rapids Panthers, which they lost 10-2, the Pine River-Backus Tigers came back to defeat Nevis 17-11 and the Sebeka Trojans 4-0 to take third place out of six teams at the Park Rapids tournament on Saturday, April 12.

For the tournament, top hitters for the season opener for the Tigers were Liz Downie, 6-for-9 with four runs scored and two doubles; and Allison Anderson was 6-for-8 with two runs and a double.

In their first game, PR-B scored one run in the first inning as Downie hit a double, got to third on a wild pitch, and stole home. The Tigers second run came in the fifth inning with Journee Howard getting on base with a walk, was advanced to second by Olivia Davidson, got to third on a wild pitch, and stole home. Miah Hansen took the loss as pitcher, going all seven innings, striking out four, walking eight, and giving up eight hits.

PR-B’s second game against Nevis was high scoring as the Tigers got in four runs in the top of the first, which Nevis answered with two runs in the bottom. PR-B didn’t score in the second and third innings while Nevis took the lead 5-4. The Tigers tied it with one run in the fourth and took the lead by scoring four runs to Nevis’ two in the fifth inning. PR-B batted all the way through their lineup in the top of the sixth and scored five runs in the process, while Nevis managed four runs.

The Tigers solidified their lead and won the game with three more runs in the seventh while keeping Nevis from getting farther than second base. Alexus Reddick took the win as she struck out two, walked nine, and gave up eight hits in five and a half innings. Hansen relieved her in the bottom of the sixth, struck out one, and walked four. Megan Felthous drove in three runs and doubled against Nevis.

In PR-B’s final game for third place against Sebeka, winning pitcher Annie Semmler struck out one, walked one, and gave up six hits. The Tigers not only kept Sebeka from scoring, they kept Sebeka from getting past second base. PR-B scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the first inning. Semmler also doubled in the game.

The TIgers were scheduled to face Red Lake on Tuesday, April 15, before hosting Cass Lake-Bena in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 17.