The Pirate softball team lost its first game 7-0 to Barnesville Saturday and lost 10-7 to East Grand Forks and 8-7 to Fertile-Beltrami at the Pirate Invitational.
The Pirate softball team lost its first game 7-0 to Barnesville Saturday and lost 10-7 to East Grand Forks and 8-7 to Fertile-Beltrami at the Pirate Invitational, which was played in East Grand Forks, Minn. due to wet field conditions in Crookston.
"We need to put all three aspects of the game together with pitching, defense and offense to come away with the win," explained Pirate head coach Katie Lariviere. "Mental weakness is showing right now and not being able to play a complete game. Hopefully the girls are able to perform well this week with confidence from start to finish."
Against Barnesville, Peyton Boom pitched all seven innings for Barnesville, allowing three hits and walking one with four strikeouts. Pirate freshman Macy Strem allowed three earned runs, seven total, on nine hits and four walks. Senior Carly Welter, junior Danica Brekken and freshman Brooke Cymbaluk accounted for Crookston's hits.
"We played good defense game one but couldn't get the bats going to see the base paths," coach Lariviere said.
Against East Grand Forks, the Pirates had four runs in the third innings and three in the fifth but couldn't catch up to the Green Wave, who built an 8-4 lead after three innings. Karly Nelson pitched the final two innings for East Grand Forks, shutting out the Pirates. She also was 3-of-4 at the plate with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Tori Demarais was 2-of-3 at the plate for the Pirates with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Senior Whitney Schear went 2-of-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Strem pitched all six innings for the Pirates.
"Game two we had some girls step up and get multiple hits, swinging the bats and being patient at the plate," Lariviere noted.
Against Fertile-Beltrami, Crookston led 6-1 after five innings but a six-run sixth for the Falcons got them back in the game. The Pirates tied it at 7-7 with a run in the seventh but the Falcons scored in the bottom of the eighth for the one-run win. Strem led the Pirates at the plate, going 2-of-3 with a double and three RBI. Welter, Cymbaluk and junior Hayley Viken each had two hits and scored two runs. Senior Lizzy Awender also had two hits. Brekken pitched all 7 1/3 innings for the Pirates, allowing three earned runs, eight total, on five hits and five walks, while striking out five. Arianna Orre pitched eight innings for Fertile-Beltrami, allowing four earned runs, seven total, on 13 hits and one walk. She struck out seven.
"Game three we started out great," said Lariviere. "Getting on the board first and keeping the lead until the fifth inning. Easy routine plays turned into errors. We took advantage of smart base running and had a few steals to advance runners. We let Fertile back into it and were unable to finish the way we started. "
Crookston falls to 1-12 on the season. It is scheduled to host Badger/Greenbush-Middle River Monday at 5 p.m. The Pirates are set to travel to Newfolden, Minn. Tuesday for a doubleheader with Northern Freeze.