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Softball: Tigers finish second in section

PR-B's Jada Olivier pitches during the Tigers' loss to Sebeka on Friday, June 1. Ashley Smith / Echo Journal Correspondent

Emma Mills had the only extra base hit for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they ended their season with a 6-7 loss to the Sebeka Trojans Friday, June 1 to finish in second place in section 5A.

Lindsey Tulenchik went 1-3 with three RBIs, and Sydney Davidson went 1-4 with two RBIs.

"It was an outstanding season,"coach John Riewer said. "Unfortunately we came up short of our goal of reaching the state tournament. We had plenty of chances and opportunities, but the ball just didn't bounce our way."

The Tigers were in the lead 6-2 when Sebeka managed to tack on three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to narrow the Tigers' lead to 6-5, and the Tigers were unable to answer for the win as Sebeka scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead. Jada Olivier pitched six innings, struck out five batters, walked three and gave up seven hits.

The Tigers had five errors to Sebeka's three.

Riewer finished his comment with a reflection on this season's accomplishments and looking forward to next year.

"18-4 overall record, conference champions, subsection and section runner up; we graduate four seniors but return a nice nucleus of players next year, so there will be a lot of competition for playing time, which makes it exciting," he said.

Pine River-Backus 6 6 5

Sebeka 7 7 3

WP: Ava Rathcke. LP: Jada Olivier. 2B: PRB-Emma Mills. Overall: PRB finishes 18-4.

Tigers 6, McGregor 4

Emma Barchus, Danielle Burgoyne, and Jaime Johnson each had a double as the Tigers defeated the McGregor Mercuries 6-4 Thursday, May 31 to earn their way back into the section championship game.

Barchus finished 2-3 with two RBIs, and Johnson finished 2-4 with two RBIs. Olivier struck out five batters, walked two and gave up eight hits.

Pine River-Backus 6 10 4

McGregor 4 8 4

WP: Olivier. LP: Shelby Kelley. 2B: PRB-Emma Barchus, Johnson. Overall: PRB 18-3.

Tigers 8, Hinckley-Finlayson 3

Olivier pitched all seven innings and struck out 11 batters to aid the Tigers to an 8-3 victory over the Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars Thursday, May 31.

Bailey Wynn led the Tigers at bat going 3-4 including an in-the-park homerun and three RBIs, and Johnson went 2-3 with two doubles and one RBI.

The Tigers had started the game Tuesday, May 29, but it was called going into the fourth inning on account of lightning while the Tigers had a 5-0 lead and had to be finished Thursday.

Hinckley-Finlayson 3 6 3

Pine River-Backus 8 8 4

WP: Jada Olivier. LP: Christevia Perrotti. 2B: PRB-Jamie Johnson 2. HR: PRB-Bailey Wynn.