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Menahga’s Danielle Novak slid under the tag of Park Rapids third baseman Hope Johnson during Friday’s season opener. Novak later scored in the Braves’ 7-2 victory.

Kako pitches Braves by Panthers

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     Savannah Kako scattered seven hits and allowed two unearned runs as the Menahga fastpitch softball team opened the season with a 7-2 win at Park Rapids Friday night.

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     The host Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Menahga scored six unearned runs to rally for the win.

     In the bottom of the first, Lauren Naeve and Tara Johanning reached on errors and Shania Johnson singled to load the bases. Nikki Eischens’ RBI single gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

     Johanning reached on an error, stole second and scored on Bailee Jerger’s RBI single to give Park Rapids a 2-0 lead in the third.

     The Braves tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth on a single by Jodi Skoog, an RBI triple by Danielle Novak and an error.

     Three errors helped the Braves take a 6-2 lead in the fifth. Kristen Tolkkinen singled and Skoog followed with a two-out single. Three straight errors gave Menahga the lead for good.

     Menahga added an insurance run in the sixth when Jenny Skoog singled and scored on the Panthers’ fifth error of the game.

     Park Rapids threatened in the bottom of the seventh on singles by Mackenzie Warne, Brooke Jerger and Johanning, but didn’t score.

     Jenny Skoog and Jodi Skoog both went 2 for 3 to lead Menahga’s eight-hit attack.

     Seven different players had a hit for the Panthers. Bailee Jerger took the loss despite allowing only one earned run. Jerger walked five and struck out eight in a complete-game effort.

Menahga          000  241  0…7  8  5

Park Rapids      101  000  0…2  7  5

MENAHGA        AB     R    H      RBI

Haataja               2      0    0      0

Allebach             2      0    1      0

Je. Skoog            3      1    2      0

Kako                  4      0    1      0

Tolkkinen            4      1    1      0

E. Skoog             3      0    0      0

Jo. Skoog            3      2    2      0

Sabin                  4      1    0      0

Novak                 4      2    1      1

Lake                   2      0    0      0

Schwartz            1      0    0      0

Totals                32     7    8      1

PARK RAPIDS  AB     R    H      RBI

Naeve                 4      1    0      0

Johanning           4      1    1      0

S. Johnson           4      0    1      0

Ba. Jerger          3      0    1      1

Eischens              3      0    1      1

H. Johnson          3      0    1      0

Kinkel                 3      0    0      0

Warne                3      0    1      0

Ridlon                 2      0    0      0

Br. Jerger           1      0    1      0

Totals                30     2    7      2

Kako (7IP, 2R, 0ER, 7H, 0BB, 2K) and E. Skoog; Ba. Jerger (7IP, 7R, 1ER, 8H, 5BB, 8K) and Naeve. W-Kako. L-Ba. Jerger, 0-1. 2B: Allebach 1. 3B: Novak 1. SB: Jo. Skoog 1, S. Johnson 1, Eischens 1, Ridlon 1, Johanning 1.

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