Despite taking a lead in the middle innings, the Crookston Pirates softball team could not hold on for the win as Red Lake Falls rallied to take a 10-7 victory Tuesday at RLF’s Softball Complex.
"I thought we came ready to compete and played a full game," Pirates head coach Katie Lariviere said. "We were aggressive up at the plate and scored runs when we needed to. I'm so proud the girls didn't give up being down early. We continued to keep things together and keep plugging away."
Leading 5-3 in the fourth inning, Crookston watched it slip away as RLF answered with two RBI singles to tie the game at 5-5.
A one-run fifth inning and a four-run sixth ultimately handed the Eagles their 10th win of the season.
Crookston senior catcher Amanda Trandem led the team offensively by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.
"Amand continues to show leadership as a senior captain," Lariviere said. "She was able to time the pitch and have a good day all around. She's aggressive and able to use her experience to make some great plays on defense."
Emma Boll went 1-for-2 with two walks, one run scored and one RBI. Brelee Jobe also went 1-for-2 with one walk and two runs scored. Maddie Salentine went 1-for-1 with one run scored.
RLF’s Cassidy Lemonds and Malanna Boutain each went 2-for-5 with one run scored while teammate Alysa Gums went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs.
Crookston’s Kaitlyn Thingelstad pitched the first two innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits, five walks and one strikeout. Macy Strem pitched four innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on five hits, eight walks and one strikeout.
RLF’s ShyAnn Larson earned the win following five innings of work on the mound. She gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits, four walks and four srikeouts.
"It was nice to see a close hard-fought game against a very good all-around section team," Lariviere said. "Confidence is building with every at-bat or every catch during the game. You can see the effort being put in by some to really hold that spot on the team."
Crookston falls to 3-10 on the season with the loss.
The Pirates return to action at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at Donnie Lauf Field to take on the Roseau Rams.
"The Pirates need to stay positive and show confidence from start to finish against Roseau," Lariviere said. " One at-bat, inning, defensive play could be a game changer. Having a doubleheader with a section opponent will hopefully bring us some points and help with seeding in the end. I feel we have a good chance to do so if we play complete games and stay focused."