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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Prep softball: Titans hit 3-run homer in 7th to nip Pirates 9-7

  • Awender and Brekken each had 2 hits for the Pirates.
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  • Tatum Lundin knocked a three-run home run in the seventh inning lifting the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal (NCE/U-H) Titans to a 9-7 victory over Crookston Monday in Crookston.
    Pirate freshman Macy Strem went all seven innings and allowed nine earned runs on nine hits and 12 walks. She struck out four.
    "Macy pitched really well for her first outing as a varsity player," Pirate head coach Katie Lariviere said. "We had good leadership from the upper classmen Lizzy Awender, Danica Brekken and Carly Welter, our three captains. They were being vocal and getting the team going for the whole game.
    "We played really good defense behind Macy," Lariviere continued. "We told her, 'keep pitching strikes and let the defense help you.' We did that with zero errors, which is good to see."
    Rana Opsahl pitched a complete game for NCE/U-H and allowed one earned run, seven total, on seven hits and four walks. She struck out six.
    Pirate senior Lizzy Awender and junior Danice Brekken each collected two hits. Awender scored two runs, while Brekken scored a run and drove in two.
    The Pirates held a 3-1 lead after the first inning and were knotted at 4-4 after three frames. Crookston posted three runs in the fourth for a 7-4 lead. the Titans responded with two runs in the fifth to cut it to one before the big three-run homer in the seventh.
    "They scored one in the first and we came back and answered with three," Lariviere explained. "The girls had fun and they were helping each other out. We were right with them every inning. This was our first home game and we only practiced outside on our field one time. We are getting used to the environment."
    NCE/U-H is now 3-2 on the season.
    Crookston falls to 0-2 on the season. It will travel to Plummer, Minn. Tuesday to take on Red Lake County Central at 4:30 p.m.
    "We need to continue our quality pitching," Lariviere said. "We helped out their pitcher by swinging at high pitches. We need to be confident up at the plate and we have to make sure we're swinging at ones we should be."
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