The Eagles scored in all four innings, including seven in the second, for a 13-1 win.
The Crookston Pirate softball team kicked off its season Friday in Twin Valley, Minn. taking on Sacred Heart. The Eagles scored in all four innings, including seven in the second, for a 13-1 win.
"We had five errors and some timely hits by the other team," Pirate head coach Katie Lariviere said. "Our defense knows they need step up now and help our pitcher out. It gets to be long innings and heads start to drop."
Hanna Reimer pitched all five innings for Sacred Heart, allowing one run and striking out 10.
Pirate junior Danica Brekken pitched four innings, allowing nine earned runs, 13 total, on 11 hits and three walks, while striking out two.
"Danica pitched really well for her first outing," Lariviere said. "She's been working on her change up and hitting locations and doing a great job with it.
"Amanda Trandem was also solid behind the plate and didn't let much by," Lariviere continued. "She really eliminated base runners from advancing."
Sophomore Tori Demarais had Crookston's lone hit. Freshman Tiffany Hanson drew a walk and scored a run for the Pirates.
"We had 10 strikeouts that didn't help us getting on the base path," Lariviere noted. "Being more confident up at the plate will come with more live hitting instead of just the pitching machine. Tori Demarais had her first varsity experience and got our lone hit on the day."
Stacey Remer led Sacred Heart with three hits, including a double, and two runs scored. Hanah Modeen also had three hits, including a triple, and scored one run.
Crookston was without three varsity players in seniors Carly Welter and Emily Samuelson and junior Hayley Viken.