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Menahga opens section softball playoffs with win over Nevis

Nevis' Brea Pohl (3) slid into second base as Menahga shortstop Madison Marjama waited for the throw during the first round of the Section 5A playoffs. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

A seven-run sixth inning broke open a close game and led Menahga to a 12-2 victory over Nevis in the first round of the Section 5A fastpitch softball tournament May 22 at Nevis.

Menahga, the No. 5 seed in the North, used doubles by Samantha Sabin and Hailey Heegard to take a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning before sending 12 batters to the plate in the sixth to break the game open.

Lindsay Hendrickson began the inning with a double and Sabin followed with an RBI single. After a single by Mackenzie Kako, Heegard lined an RBI single. Rachael Kicker walked to load the bases with no outs before Madison Marjama plated a run with a fielder’s choice grounder, Alyssa Peterson reached on an error, Leah Schwartz walked to bring home another run, Alayna Lake was safe on a grounder and Hendrickson had a run-scoring grounder.

The Braves had another threat in the fifth when Schwartz doubled and Lake singled. But Schwartz was thrown out at the plate on an attempted double steal.

Emily Omberg and Brea Pohl scored to account for Nevis’ two runs in the bottom of the sixth before the Braves ended the scoring with four runs in the seventh.

Hendrickson, Heegard, Schwartz, Lake and Sabin all had two hits for the Braves. Schwartz picked up the win, allowing four hits while striking out seven. Tori Carrier took the loss for Nevis. The Tigers, who lost to Menahga 6-3 on May 15, entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed in the North and end the season with a 9-8 record.

Ava Rathcke threw a no-hitter as Sebeka defeated the Braves 14-3 in five innings on May 23 in the double-elimination part of the tournament. Megan Heino and Madison Lake had three RBI each for Sebeka, the No. 1 seed in the North.

Menahga stayed alive with a 5-1 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, the North’s No. 6 seed, before having the season end with an 8-3 loss to Pine River-Backus, the No. 2 seed in the North, at Menahga Thursday.

The Braves end the season with a 9-15 record.