Pirate senior McKaela Larson was exceptional at the plate, hitting 3-for-5 in game one with two homers and seven RBI.
The bats were in full force, at least for game one, Tuesday as Crookston and Warroad softball teams combined for what appears to be more of a football score. Warroad managed a sweep at the UMC Softball Field in Crookston 31-18 and 6-0.
Pirate senior McKaela Larson was exceptional at the plate, hitting 3-for-5 in game one with two homers and seven RBI. She added a double in game two. Junior Carly Welter went 4-for-6 in game one with three RBI.
"Hitting is certainly paying off, putting time in the batting cage," said Pirate co-head coach Katie Welter. "We got more timely hits. In game one our first five batters got on base. McKaela Larson's home run in the second inning, she really stepped up on the field and at the plate as a senior."
Senior Caitly Cournia and junior Kennedy Resendiz were each tagged with the losses.
In game one, Crookston led 13-12 after five innings, thanks to a seven-run second inning, but a 14-run sixth by the Warriors busted the game wide open.
"We led 13-12 after the fifth inning," Welter noted. "But timely errors on our part and timely hits by Warroad was the difference. We need to eliminate errors on defense and pitching and watching third strikes at the plate. It was good to see us competitive. We certainly see improvement from these girls.
"With four games under our belt, we are getting more people with hits and better defensive plays," Welter pointed out. "We are still working out the best defensive spots. With more time outside and warmer weather we should be able to fine tune that and get a win."
The Pirates managed 22 hits in game one, but errors plagued them in both games as they committed 13 on the day.
Kristin Monkman led Warroad in game two, going 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
Crookston is now 0-4 on the season and will travel to Ada Friday to take on Ada-Borup.