The Eagles held a slim 3-2 lead before posting a five-run sixth inning to break the game open.

Coming off a huge 9-7 victory last Friday, the Pirate softball team lost 8-2 Tuesday to Red Lake Falls on the road.

The Eagles held a slim 3-2 lead before posting a five-run sixth inning to break the game open.

"It comes down to the sixth inning for us," Pirate co-head coach Katie Welter said. "We had many scoring opportunities but left runners stranded. Mental mistakes played a role during those times.

"We helped out their pitcher a few times, swinging at low or high balls," Welter continued. "A few girls had hits who weren't hitting well so that was good to see."

Coach Welter said the Pirates are playing well defensively and improving with every game.

"We seem to be playing well defensively," she said. "Backing up each other up is huge. We had some good defensive plays with Kaylee Desrosier behind the plate, throwing out a runner stealing second and catching a few pop flies. Even though we do make mistakes, the girls are making adjustments and getting better every game."

Sophomore Danica Brekken started pitching for Crookston, allowing seven earned runs, eight total, in 5 1/3 innings of work. She allowed 12 hits and walked five. Senior Caitlyn Cournia came in for the final two outs.

"Danica Brekken pitched well," noted Welter. "That was the most she has pitched this season. We seem to have the pitchers going a little longer before they get tired. They are getting stronger and pitching more."

Red Lake Falls' Brooke Schmitz was 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs. Brianna Breiland finished 3-for-4 with a run scored. Both played girls' hockey for Crookston in the winter.

Jenna Nelson pitched five innings for the Eagles, allowing two unearned runs on six hits and one walk. Kadie Amiot pitch the final two innings without allowing a hit or a walk.

The Pirates, now 1-5, will host Roseau in a doubleheader Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.