The Pine River-Backus Tigers softball team advanced to the third round of Section 6A playoffs as they went 1-1 in the double elimination round at Menahga Thursday, May 21. In the first game, the Tigers fell to second-seeded Frazee 1-0 as the Hornets scored in the bottom of the sixth. Miah Hansen pitched all six innings, struck out eight, walked just one, and allowed four hits. Steph DeGrote and Allison Anderson had the only hits for PR-B. In the second game, the Tigers edged No. 4 Nevis 1-0 as they scored in the bottom of the third off a single by Emma Mills.
Joe Davidson took the win as he pitched all seven innings, struck out five, walked none, and gave up nine hits as the Pine River-Backus Tigers varsity baseball team defeated the Sebeka Trojans 4-2 in non-conference action on Thursday, May 21. The Tigers also had nine hits as Evan Gravdahl and Nick Ackerman each went 2-3 and Zach Struss went 2-4 at bat. Sebeka was the first to score as they got one run in the bottom of the third and the Tigers tied it with one run in the top of the fourth.
Liz Downie went 2-3 with a triple and two RBI and Allison Anderson went 2-3 with a double as the Pine River-Backus Tigers won the Upper Mississippi Conference softball championship game against the Northome-Kelliher Mustangs 4-3 on Friday, May 15. Miah Hansen was the winning pitcher, going seven innings, striking out seven, walking four, and allowing three hits. The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and the Mustangs took the lead 3-2 in the top of the fifth.
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.