Lindsey Tulenchik went 3-for-5 at bat with a double, four RBIs and three runs scored as the Pine River-Backus Tigers softball team defeated the Northome-Kelliher Mustangs 14-4 Thursday, May 18, to become the Upper Mississippi Conference champions. Miah Hansen pitched 14 strikeouts and no walks to aid the Tigers to victory. Also aiding the Tigers at bat were Bailey Wynn going 2-3 including a triple and two RBIs, Sydney Davidson going 3-4 including a double and one RBI, and Emma Mills with a double. Kelliher/Northome 4 6 5 Pine River-Backus 14 13 2
Sydney Davidson led the Pine River-Backus Tigers softball team with two hits, including a double, and three RBI as the Tigers crushed the Red Lake Warriors 13-1 in five innings on Monday, May 15, to improve to 9-1 in Upper Mississippi Conference play. Also adding extra base hits for the Tigers were Miah Hansen with a triple and Lindsey Tulenchik with a double. Jada Olivier pitched three innings for the Tigers, striking out two, walking four, and giving up three hits. Hansen relieved Olivier and pitched two innings, striking out five.
Morgan Eckes pitched a no-hitter in seven innings as the Pequot Lakes Patriots narrowly defeated the Pine River-Backus Tigers 3-1 Thursday, May 4. "I think it was a well played game in which both pitchers did a wonderful job," commented Patriots Coach Bret Sergent. "I was especially pleased with our defense. We made some outstanding plays to keep the no hitter for Morgan Eckes in place. The back to back home runs to lead off the fifth were huge for us. Miah Hansen pitched one heck of a game with 14 strikeouts."
The Pine River-Backus Tigers gave up 17 hits and had six errors in a rough loss 7-17 to the Sebeka Trojans Friday, April 28. Miah Hansen took her second loss as pitcher striking out five batters and walking two. "Softball this year has been filled with a lot of ups and downs," senior Judith Reed said. "We have a lot of amazing girls on our team who are dedicated to the sport and who are even more dedicated to being there for each other. I can't speak for all of the girls, but I do feel that I can depend on every single one of my teammates and that's where it really counts.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers suffered their first loss 5-4 Saturday, April 22, to the Lake of the Woods Bears at the Park Rapids Invitational Softball Tournament. Miah Hansen took the loss as pitcher with six strikeouts, one walk, and seven hits. The Tigers managed just three hits coming from Lindsey Tulenchik, Emma Mills, and Jada Olivier.
Despite finishing with more errors and fewer hits than the Blackduck Drakes Thursday, April 13, the Pine River-Backus Tigers managed to take advantage of walks and errors by the Drakes to take the win 9-8 in the seventh inning. Miah Hansen pitched all seven innings for 12 strikeouts, two walks, and seven hits. The Tigers also struck out 12 times but they walked 10 times and finished with five hits. The Drakes got on the board first with one run in the top of the first inning, and the Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the second inning with one run.
Miah Hansen pitched a two hitter as the Pine River-Backus Tigers easily defeated the Ogilvie Lions 15-0 on Monday, April 10. Hansen struck out six batters in four innings of work. "I thought that the game went well", commented Hansen. "It was a good team to start the season off with, we saw some things we could improve on but overall is was a really good way to start off the season." The Tigers only had two hits, including a double by Judith Reed and a single for an RBI by Hansen. The team took advantage of 20 free passes either by walks or hit batters.
Bailey Wynn scored 16 points and Shelby Adkins 12 for the No. 3 Pine River-Backus Tigers during their 58-43 loss to the No. 2 Menahga Braves in the semifinals of the North Subsection 5-1A tournament Saturday, March 4. Wynn also had five rebounds and three steals for the Tigers, while Gabby Rainwater had seven points and nine rebounds. The Tigers finish the season with a 13-1 conference record and 22-6 overall.
Gabby Rainwater - with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds - led the Pine River-Backus Tigers over the Northland Remer Eagles 61-55 Friday, Feb. 24, for the Tigers eighth win in a row.
Alyssa Semmler had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots as the Pine River-Backus girls basketball team extended its win streak to seven games with a 71-44 non-conference win over the Bertha-Hewitt Bears on Monday, Feb. 20. Shelby Adkins added 15 points while Bailey Wynn and Gabby Rainwater each had 13 for the Tigers, who have won 16 of their last 17 games improve to 20-5 overall. PR-B, which is 13-1 in the Northwoods Conference, is scheduled to finish the regular season at Northland of Remer on Friday, Feb. 24. Bertha-Hewitt 20 24—44