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Tigers blank Wolves in playoffs. Patriots double up PR-B

PR-B's Bailey Wynn at bat for the Tigers against the Patriots Tuesday, May 14 Ashley Smith / Echo Journal Correspondent1 / 4
Patriot pitcher Kaitlyn Geshwill at bat for the Patriots against the Tigers Tuesday, May 14 Ashley Smith / Echo Journal Correspondent 2 / 4
Pequot Lakes' Cathrine Ganley catches a fly ball in right field against the Tigers on Tuesday, May 14. Ashley Smith / Echo Journal Correspondent 3 / 4
PR-B's Danielle Burgoyne making a throw to first for an out against the Patriots Tuesday, May 16. Ashley Smith / Echo Journal Correspondent 4 / 4

Jaime Johnson hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Pine River-Backus Tigers defeated the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves 6-0 Monday, May 20 to advance in the sub-section playoffs.

Also getting extra-base hits for the Tigers were Danielle Burgoyne and Ramsey Tulenchik with doubles, and Bailey Wynn aided the Tigers going 2-3 with one run scored.

Jada Olivier took the win as pitcher going seven innings with seven strikeouts, just one walk, and allowed seven hits.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 0 7 1

Pine River-Backus 6 9 1

WP: Jada Olivier. LP: Megan Benjamin. 2B: PRB-Danielle Burgoyne, Ramsey Tulenchik. HR: PRB-Jamie Johnson. Overall: PRB 10-6.

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Tigers 16, Warriors 3

Olivier went five innings striking out six batters, walking two, and allowing just two hits as the Tigers defeated the Red Lake Warriors to place third in the Upper Mississippi Conference Thursday, May 16.

Rylee Norman led the Tigers at bat going 2-3 with a double and a triple, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Tulenchik also went 2-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored, and Bailey Wynn went 2-2 with one run scored and three stolen bases.

Red Lake 3 2 4

Pine River-B 16 13 3

WP: Jada Olivier. LP: Gerika Kingbird. 2B: PRB-Rylee Norman, Grace Crimmins, Caitlin Swenson. 3B: PRB-Norman.

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Patriots Overcome Tigers in the Sixth

With the game tied 5-5 going into the top of the sixth inning, the Pequot Lake Patriots got on base right away with a walk and then proceeded to score five runs to gain the lead and the win over the Pine River-Backus Tigers 10-5 Tuesday, May 14.

"We started out slowly as we made base running errors that took us out of potential big innings and had a couple of untimely errors in the field that extended innings for the Tigers", Patriots coach Bret Sergent said. "We showed resiliency as Mariah Rubel and Morgan Eckes executed a safety squeeze in the fourth, and Maya, who had a big day, came up with a bases-loaded double in the sixth. Kaitlyn Geshwill pitched well the last three innings with seven strikeouts to help us preserve the win. I am very proud of how our players have picked one another up all year when things aren't always going well."

Orvis led the Patriots at bat going 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Morgan Eckes pitched four innings with three walks and allowed one hit. Geshwill got the save pitching three innings with seven strikeouts, one walk, and allowed one hit.

Wynn led the Tigers at bat against the Patriots going 1-3 with a double and one RBI, and Norman had the other hit for the Tigers as she went 1-2 with two runs scored. Emma Barchus also aided the Tigers at bat as she had an RBI with a sacrifice bunt.

"It was a very competitive game for five innings; we played well up to that point," Coach John Riewer said. "After that it was all Pequot Lakes. We are improving from game to game; it was nice to play a very good softball team right before our playoffs. Hopefully it will help us moving forward."

Olivier took the loss as pitcher going seven innings with three strikeouts, three walks, and allowing eight hits.

Pequot Lakes 10 8 3

Pine River-Backus 5 2 3

WP: Kaitlyn Geschwill. LP: Jada Olivier. 2B: PL-Geschwill, Maya Orvis. PRB-Bailey Wynn.

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Tigers 23, Panthers 0

Olivier pitched a one-hit game and struck out seven as the Tigers blanked the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers Tuesday, May 14.

Tulenchik had an in-the-park home run, went 4-4 at bat, had four RBIs and four runs scored. Avery Trout aided the Tigers at bat going 2-2 with one RBI and two runs scored. Also getting extra base hits for the Tigers were Kalli King with a triple, and Johnson, Zoe DeSanto, Olivier, and Annabelle Knapp each with a double.

Cass Lake-Bena 0 1 5

Pine River-Backus 23 12 0

WP: Jada Olivier. LP: Tehya Losh. 2B: PRB-Jaime Johnson, Annabelle Knapp, Olivier. 3B: PRB-Kalli King. HR: PRB-Ramsey Tulenchik.