The Crookston Pirates softball team returned to the winning path Tuesday afternoon.
Coming off an eight-game losing streak, the Pirates picked up doubleheader wins against Northern Freeze on the road, winning the first game by a score of 14-9.
“I was happy with how the bats continued to stay hot,” Pirates head coach Katie Lariviere said. “The girls were patient yet aggressive up at the plate. We were able to take advantage of some walks and a few errors to advance on the base paths. We had some smart heads up plays as well defensively and able to make a couple double plays on the day.”
Crookston scored three runs in the first inning, three in the third, two in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh to take the victory.
Jasmin Hanson pitched seven innings and gave up nine runs (six earned) on 13 hits, five walks and five strikeouts.
Macy Strem went 4-for-5 with one walk, three runs scored and one RBI. Amanda Trandem went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and one RBI. Tiffany Hanson went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Jaeden Lizakowski went 2-for-6 with one double, one run scored and one RBI.
Crookston wins Game 2
A 12-run seventh inning lifted the Pirates to a 26-15 win against Northern Freeze in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
“Team support was great both games but espeically game two,” Lariviere said. “I told the girls after the first win we have shown more enthusiasm and like we are the team on top. It’s nice for those on the bench to be involved in the game and learn different scenarios even from the dugout. There’s always something to learn as no two innings are never the same.”
Tiffany Hanson pitched four innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on two hits, seven walks and one strikeout. Kaitlyn Thingelstad pitched three innings and gave up 12 runs (nine earned) on four hits, six walks and three strikeouts.
Trandem went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Tiffany Hanson went 4-for-6 with one double, two runs scored and four RBIs. Lizakowski went 4-for-7 with one double, one triple, four runs scored and three RBIs. Strem went 3-for-6 with four runs scored and three RBIs.
“We continue to see the top of our lineup take charge and get things done to create runs on the board,” Lariviere said. “Hitting seems to be contagious at this point of the season and how many of our innings have gone. The girls have felt confident up at the plate and knowing who follows them in the lineup makes them realize a walk is just as good as a hit. We have been able to spread the hitting out throughout the lineup and use a total team effort.”
Crookston improves to 5-12 on the season with Tuesday’s sweep.
The Pirates softball squad return to action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the road to take on the Red Lake County Central Mustangs.