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PR-B edges Nevis in playoffs

The Pine River-Backus Tigers edged Nevis 7-6 in their third Section 6A playoff game on Thursday, May 22, and advanced to play against Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale on Tuesday, May 27.

Earlier in the playoffs, PR-B opened with a 6-1 win over Sebeka in the North Subsection 6A round on Tuesday, May 20. The Tigers, 15-6 overall, then lost to Frazee 5-2 in the double-elimination round on Thursday, May 22, before then edging Nevis to stay alive.

Tigers 7, Nevis 6

PR-B scored one run in the top of the first and the Tigers answered with one run in the bottom of the first before Nevis took a 4-1 lead in the top of the second. PR-B tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth, but Nevis took the lead again with one run in the top of the fifth.

PR-B tied it again in the bottom of the fifth, Nevis scored one run in the top of the sixth, and the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 7-6. Miah Hansen, who came in as relief pitcher in the bottom of the sixth, struck out three batters in a row in the top of the seventh to seal PR-B’s’ win.

Annie Semmler was the winning pitcher going five innings, walking 10, giving up four hits, and allowing four earned runs. Liz Downie went 3-4 hitting, including a double and a triple and Allison Anderson was 1-2 with one RBI.

Frazee 5, Tigers 2

The Tigers were defeated by the Frazee Hornets in the first game of the double-elimination second round of playoffs due to lack of hits and inopportune walks. The Tigers only had two hits to Frazee’s seven, and most of Frazee’s runs came after getting a couple runners on with walks and then getting a big hit to bring them in. Hansen took the loss pitching six innings, striking out 12, walking seven and giving up seven hits. The Tigers scored their runs in the top of the third, but stranded eight runners between the first to fifth innings. Megan Felthous and Journee Howard had the only hits for the Tigers.

Tigers 6, Sebeka 1

The Tigers defeated the Sebeka Trojans 6-1 to win their first playoff game on May 20. The Tigers played a perfect game with no errors while the Trojans had five errors. Hansen again took the win pitching all seven innings, striking out six, and giving up only two hits. Felthous went 2-3.