Crookston's record falls to 0-5.
The Warriors tallied 34 runs in seven innings, held Crookston to five hits overall and swept the Pirates with 20-1 and 14-1 wins in Warroad.
“We didn’t play all that well,” Pirates Head Coach Robbe Nessler said. “I think we probably match up better with them than what the score indicates. I don’t think we were mentally ready.”
Warroad’s game one starter, CJ Lanctot (So. P), carried a no-hitter into the fourth. Maddi Salentine (So. 2B) broke up the bid with a single to lead off the frame, the Pirates scratched their only run across on an RBI double by Jasmin Hanson (So. P) and Lanctot retired the side four batters later.
Lanctot’s final line read a complete game with three hits, one run and two walks. For the first times this season, not a single Pirate batter struck out.
“[Lanctot] has velocity, she has great control, she’s strong and she’s got a changeup she works in,” Nessler said. “She had us off balance, and we were way behind her all night.”
Warroad’s hitters had no trouble seeing the ball rattling off 21 hits.
The Warriors loaded the bases to start the first, and the next four hitters provided RBI at-bats for a 4-0 advantage.
After tacking on two more in the second, Madison Lavergne (Fr. 2B) cleared the bases for a three-RBI double and busted the game open as Warroad led 9-0. The Warriors went on to score five more for a 10-run second and a 14-0 lead.
“After that, all bets were off in terms of how we were going to play,” Nessler said. “We talked about body language before, and they were just defeated.”
Hanson pitched the entire game for Crookston, surrendered 20 runs, 17 earned, and struck out two.
The Pirates took their only lead of either game in the first inning of game two when Brylee Lessard (Jr. LF/1B) drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk.
“We loaded the bases a couple of times, but we ended up fizzling out and not being able to bring everybody in,” Nessler said.
It did not take long for the Warriors to respond. In the bottom of the first, three runs scored on wild pitches, two on errors and one on a double steal in a seven-run inning.
Crookston could not get to Grace Foster (So. P) the rest of the way and ended the game with three hits. Foster’s one run allowed went down as unearned, and the sophomore struck out four.
Sophia Steiner (Jr. P) made her season debut in the circle for the Pirates, pitched all four innings, allowed 14 and sent down two on punchouts.
Warroad added three in the second and four more in the third to force their second run-rule victory of the doubleheader.
“In the second game, to the girls’ credit, they tried to rally a little bit in terms of their attitudes,” Nessler said. “In both games, it came down to one big inning, and then, we’re just deflated after that.”
The Pirates move to 0-5 on the season and will return home for a contest against Thief River Falls on Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.Crookston 0 0 0 1 1 3 4 Warroad 4 10 6 X 20 21 0 Crookston 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 Warroad 7 3 4 0 X 14 11 2
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