The Pine River-Backus Tigers finished sixth after losing to New York Mills 13-1 in the Class A state softball consolation game played on Friday, June 10, at Caswell Park in North Mankato. "If you had told me at the beginning of the season that we would be playing in the state tournament, it would have been the farthest thing from my mind," said PR-B head coach John Riewer, whose squad finished 21-9 overall after its first state appearance. "Did I think we could make? Yes, because Miah Hansen is a very capable pitcher and we just need to play defense to back her up.
Miah Hansen pitched six innings and struck out two in the Tigers' 13-1 loss to the New York Mills Eagles to take sixth place at the Class 1A state softball tournament Friday morning, June 10, in North Mankato. "If you had told me at the beginning of the season that we would be playing in the state tournament, it would have been the farthest thing from my mind," said Coach John Riewer. "Did I think we could make? Yes, because Miah Hansen is a very capable pitcher and we just need to play defense to back her up.
The second-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers' softball team is going to the state tournament for the first time in program history after coming from behind to defeat the top-seeded Sebeka Trojans twice for the Section 5A title on Thursday, June 2, at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
The second-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers bounced back from a loss earlier in the day by easily defeating the Northland Eagles 10-0 in the North Subsection 5A softball playoffs on Thursday, May 26. The Tigers earned the runner-up spot in the subsection as winning pitcher Miah Hansen tossed a one-hitter and struck out nine Eagles.
The No. 2 seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers suffered a season ending loss to the No. 7 seeded Pillager Huskies 1-11 Thursday, May 26. Joe Davidson took the loss as pitcher giving up five hits, five runs, walking two, and striking out one. "The Huskies jumped us early and we just never got anything going," commented Coach Steve Snavely. "They deserved to win. 15-5 is something to be proud of; it was just sad to see it end the way it did." The Tigers only had two hits to Pillager's 12, coming from Nick Ackerman and Zach Tulenchik. Pillager 11 13 4 PR-Backus 1 3 1
Tigers Conference Champions
Tigers Maul Bears Joe Davidson gave up just one hit, struck out seven and walked one as the Tigers skunked the Lake of the Woods Bears 19-0 Monday, May 16. "Everybody got to play today so it was a good game", commented Coach Steve Snavely. Davidson also led the Tigers at bat going 2-4 including a double and four RBIs, Brandon Wolske went 2-2 with a double and three RBIs, and Zach Struss went 2-2 with two RBIs. This is the eighth win in a row for the Tigers. Lake of Woods/RR 0 1 4 PR-Backus 19 10 1
Tigers Remain Perfect in Conference Miah Hansen struck out 11 batters and gave up just three hits as the Pine River-Backus Tigers 10-runned the Northome-Kelliher Mustangs 10-0 Thursday, April 21. Only three of the Tigers' runs were earned runs as the Mustangs had eight errors. Annie Semmler and Miah Hansen both went 2-4 at bat with doubles and Hansen had two RBIs, and Ashley Anderson went 1-2 with a triple and one RBI. Kelliher/Northome 0 3 8 PR-Backus 10 6 2 6 innings
Tigers 22, Panthers 4 Miah Hansen struck out seven batters as the Pine River-Backus Tigers easily defeated the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers 22-4 for their first game of the season Thursday, April 14. Alexus Reddick led the Tigers at bat going 3-3 with three RBIs and three stolen bases, Allison Anderson went 2-3 with a double and one RBI, and Cheyenne Swenson went 1-1 with a double and one RBI. Pine River-Backus 22 9 2 Cass Lake-Bena 4 3 4 (5 innings)
PR-B 17, Nevis 9 Spencer Richards and Joe Davidson each hit home runs for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they defeated the Nevis Tigers 17-9 for their first game of the season Tuesday, April 12. "We worked on our approach to hitting before this game", commented Coach Steve Snavely, "and it paid off with 17 hits and 17 runs." Joe Davidson pitched all seven innings, struck out 12, walked one and gave up nine hits. Also aiding the Tigers at bat were Zach Struss who went 3-4 with two RBIs and Nick Ackerman who went 4-6 with one RBI. PR-Backus 17 16 4