The Eagles won 11-1 to push the Pirates' record to 0-12.

    Take away Red Lake Falls' five-run fourth, and the Pirates keep it a closer 6-1 game. Instead, the Eagles tallied nine hits at their home diamond and went on to beat Crookston 11-1.

    "We got 10-runned, but I didn't feel like we played bad," Pirates Head Coach Robbe Nessler said. "[Red Lake Falls] is a good hitting team."

    The Eagles (10-2) scored a pair in the first and second but really blew the game wide open in the fourth frame when they put up five to extend their lead to 9-1. Shelby Breiland (So. C) began the rally on an infield single, and Brooke Knott (Sr. 1B) reached on an error which pushed the advantage to 7-1.

    Another RBI hit from Olivia Bulger (Jr. SS) and a fielding lapse contributed to the final two runs of the inning.

    Red Lake Falls got to Pirates' starter Jenna Coauette (Fr. P) tagging her for eight hits and 11 runs, although only nine were charged to the freshman due to errors by Crookston fielders. The last run, scored courtesy of an RBI-hit by Abbie Johanneck (Sr. RF), enforced the mercy rule, and Red Lake Falls celebrated an 11-1 victory.

    "Jenna had some strikeouts, had some good innings and had a couple walks and a hit-by-pitch, but I thought she threw pretty well overall," Nessler said. "Certainly not disappointed in her effort by any means."

    Coauette swung a hot bat in this one collecting two hits which gives her five total in her last two games.

    After Coauette accounted for half of Crookston's hits, Jasmin Hanson (Jr. CF) and Sophia Steiner (Jr. 3B) each recorded a knock. Amber Cymbaluk (So. C) picked up the only Pirate RBI on a groundout to score Coauette in the second inning. 

    Other than the four hits, Crookston could not find a rhythm against the Eagles' starting pitcher, Carly Williams (So. P), who went five innings to earn the win and struck out four while walking none.

    The loss serves as the seventh time the Pirates have been held to one run or less. They average 2.1 runs per game.

    "We did a much better job of [keeping our heads up] today," Nessler said. "I could tell yesterday [22-5 loss to Grand Forks Central] girls were dragging, and they were down on themselves. I told them when they do that, they've essentially lost the game before it's over, because it's a mental game just as much as it's a physical game. Today, they're attitudes were a lot better."

    Crookston will next host Roseau for a doubleheader on Thursday, May 9. Game 1 will start at 4 p.m. with Game 2's first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

Crookston 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 Red Lake Falls 2 0 2 5 0 2 11 8 1 Crookston AB R H RBI BB K Kenze Epema (2B) 3 0 0 0 0 2 Maddi Salentine (SS) 3 0 0 0 0 0 Jasmin Hanson (CF) 3 0 1 0 0 1 Jenna Coauette (P) 3 1 2 0 0 1 Allie Love (RF) 2 0 0 0 0 0 Ashlyn Genereux (LF) 2 0 0 0 0 1 Amber Cymbaluk (C) 2 0 0 1 1 0 Brylee Lessard (1B) 2 0 0 0 0 1 Sophia Steiner (3B) 2 0 1 0 0 0 Pitchers IP H R ER BB K Jenna Coauette (L) 5.1 8 11 9 5 2 Red Lake Falls AB R H RBI BB K Kia McGlynn (CF) 3 1 0 0 1 1 Shelby Breiland (C) 3 3 1 1 1 0 Brooke Knott (1B) 3 1 0 0 1 0 Olivia Bulger (SS) 4 4 3 3 0 0 Gabby Casavan (3B) 3 1 1 2 1 0 Abbie Johanneck (RF) 4 0 2 1 0 0 Mya Seeger (2B) 3 0 0 0 0 0 Greta Philip (DH) 2 1 0 0 1 0 Rachel Wieland (LF) 2 0 1 0 0 1 Pitchers IP H R ER BB K Carly Williams (W) 5.0 3 1 0 0 5 Shawna Larson 1.0 1 0 0 0 1

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