The Crookston Pirates softball team was unable to calm the Roseau Rams down Thursday afternoon in a doubleheader matchup at Donnie Lauf Field.
“I thought despite the score it was a good night of ball and really a team effort,” Pirates head coach Katie Lariviere said. “We had great hustle defensively and we were aggressive up at the plate.”
Despite a 6-0 first-inning lead and a 12-9 fourth inning lead, the Pirates ultimately lost 20-15 to Roseau in the first game.
“We have to play the ball first and eliminate the routine plays that involve an error,” Lariviere said. “With an aggressive running team, they were able to take advantage of a few mistakes. Errors will happen, but we just need to fix the little things and remember the fundamentals.”
Crookston’s Macy Strem went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Kaitlyn Thingelstad, Tiffany Hanson and Amanda Trandem each went 3-for-5 with a combined two doubles, six runs scored and seven RBIs.
On the mound, Thingelstad pitched six innings and gave up 14 runs (10 earned) on 13 hits, seven walks and two strikeouts. Strem pitched one inning and gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Crookston drops Game 2
Crookston was unable to continue its offensive strides in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader and ultimately lost 12-2 to the Rams.
“Team involvement has really been a key point to staying positive this past week,” Lariviere said. “Having a larger varsity squad this year has really pushed a few players to step up their play and show they want that position available in the lineup or on defense.”
Crookston’s Trandem went 1-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored and one RBI. Thingelstad and Jayden Allrich each went 1-for-1.
Tiffany Hanson pitched three innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks. Strem pitched one inning and gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks. Thingelstad pitched one inning and gave up two unearned runs on two hits and one walk.
Crookston falls to 3-12 on the season with Thursday’s losses.
Thursday’s games also marked the final home games for Crookston seniors Trandem, Desiree Ramirez, Michelle Cuno, Allrich, Strem, Tansy Thomas-Bland, Brooke Cymbaluk, Hanson and Thingelstad.
The Pirates return to action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at Newfolden to take on Northern Freeze in a doubleheader.
“I hope our pitching department can continue to pitch well and limit the walks,” Lariviere said. “Staying mentally sound helps the entire team out as well and playing good defense behind them.”