Nick Gravdahl went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI and Brenden Fenstermaker was 3-3 with a double and two RBI as the Pine River-Backus Tigers defeated the Northland Eagles 12-7 in non-conference baseball action on Friday, May 15. The win helped the Tigers end a four-game losing streak. PR-B had 14 hits against the Eagles' nine.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers varsity baseball team suffered three losses last week, including falling to Pillager 5-3 in a non-conference game on Friday, May 8, The Tigers assumed a 3-0 lead before the Huskies rallied to win. Nick Gravdahl took the loss as pitcher going six innings as he struck out four, walked four, and gave up six hits. Zach Struss went 2-4, including home run for the Tigers. Pillager's Chris Ringler went the distance with three strikeouts. The Huskies improve to 8-5 overall while the Tigers drop to 6-5 overall.
Pine River-Backus' Miah Hansen pitched a total of 16 innings, striking out 19 and walking just two in a doubleheader split with Nevis in Upper Mississippi Conference softball action on Thursday, April 30. PR-B lost the opener 7-6 after scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. PR-B then bounced back to win the second game 6-2. In the first game PR-B got off to a four-run lead, but Nevis slowly came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers easily defeated the Laporte Wildcats 26-3 on Friday, May 1, to remain undefeated in the Northwoods Conference with a 6-0 record. Zach Struss was the winning pitcher after going five innings and striking out 10, walking one, and giving up seven hits. Nick Gravdahl went 3-5 with two doubles, Austin Smith was 3-for-5 including a double and three RBI, and Hank Raph had two hits for the Tigers. PR-B, 6-2 overall, is scheduled to play Pillager on Friday, May 8. PR-Backus 26 20 3 Laporte 3 7 4 WP: Zach Struss. LP: Austin Moss.
Zach Semmler went 2-for-3 for the Pine River-Backus Tigers baseball team, but they lost to the Menahga Braves 7-2 in a non-conference game on Monday, April 27. "We really played a good game except for a couple mental errors," said head coach Steve Snavely. The Tigers scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth as Brenden Fenstermaker was awarded home on a balk by the Menahga pitcher.
After opening the day with a 9-2 win over the Bagley Flyers, the Pine River-Backus Tigers lost to the Park Rapids Panthers 14-1 and the Sebeka Trojans 3-1 to finish fourth out of eight teams at the 25th annual Park Rapids softball tournament on Saturday, April 18. Poor batting performance was partially responsible for the Tigers' losses as they only had 10 hits in all three games combined, and a total of nine errors in the two games they lost. Miah Hansen pitched in all three games - a total of 17 innings with 26 strikeouts, 12 walks and 10 hits allowed. Hansen pitched all seven innings and
Mac Schluttner hurled a three-hit shutout and Ethan Korfe ripped a solo home run to lead the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders a 12-0 non-conference baseball victory over the Pine River-Backus Tigers on Friday, April 17. Luke Weniger went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBI.
MiKayla Riedel had a triple and a double and scored three runs in three at bats for the Pine River-Backus Tigers softball team as they defeated the host Northome-Kelliher Mustangs 20-2 in five innings in the season opener on Monday, April 13. The Tigers had 14 earned runs that were driven in by a combination of Riedel, Olivia Davidson, Emma Mills, Miah Hansen, Allison Anderson, and Ashley Anderson. Mills finished with three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times.
Liz Downie led the Pine River-Backus girls' basketball team with 20 points while teammates Shelby Adkins and Megan Felthous each added 16 points in a 76-46 win over the Northland Eagles in the Tigers' final regular season game. "Liz really did a good job out there tonight," said PR-B coach Randy Schwegel, whose team finishes the regular season 19-7 overall. Felthouse added 11 rebounds, six steals and five assists for the Tigers, who had a rough start but quickly made up for it to have a 38-25 lead at halftime.
Pine River-Backus girls' basketball season came to an end Saturday, March 7, when the fourth-seeded Tigers were outscored by No. 1 Browerville 67-27 in the North Subsection 5A semifinals in Wadena. The Tigers end the season 20-8 overall while Browerville advanced to play Sebeka in the subsection final. Megan Felthous led the Tigers with 13 points, followed by Shelby Adkins and Liz Downie with five points each.