Senior pitcher Miah Hansen was named team MVP at the Pine River-Backus softball team's year-end banquet on Tuesday, June 6. "We had a good season," coach John Riewer said. "We won our third consecutive conference championship, we had 19 wins, went to the state tournament last year and it was our goal again this year but we came up a little short, but we did not lose to a bad team all year. The teams that beat us deserved to beat us.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers softball team suffered a rough loss 4-11 to the Braham Bombers in the fourth round of playoffs on Tuesday, May 30, to end their season with an overall record of 19-6. Miah Hansen took the loss as pitcher going six innings with 11 strikeouts, four walks, and giving up 10 hits. Lindsey Tulenchik led the Tigers at bat going 2-4 with two RBIs. "Going into next year anything can happen, and I am very excited," commented Tulenchik. "We need to focus on eliminating the errors and hitting the ball. We can do it, We are so capable."
The Tigers gave up 10 runs and 10 hits while managing just two hits and no runs in a rough loss to the Sebeka Trojans for the third game of the subsection playoffs Thursday, May 25.
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.