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Softball: Menahga ends regular season with two wins

The Braves defeat Pine River-Backus and Wadena-Deer Creek for an 11-9 record.

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PINE RIVER – Joie Koll tossed a four-hitter and was supported by a 13-run third inning as the Menahga fastpitch softball team blanked Pine River-Backus 16-0 in five innings in the regular season finale on Friday, May 20.

Singles by Koll, Anna Pietila, Leah Weaver and Janelle Hendrickson along with four walks, three hit batters, and doubles by Journie Schoon and Michaela Skoog highlighted the third inning. A double by Weaver, singles by Skoog and Schoon, and three walks produced the final three runs in the fifth.

Hendickson (2 for 4, two runs), Weaver (2 for 3, three runs), Skoog (2 for 3, three runs) and Schoon (2 for 3, two runs) paced Menahga’s offense. Koll walked one and struck out five as the Braves improved to 11-9 while PR-B fell to 8-8.

Braves roll by W-DC

MENAHGA – Koll allowed three hits, struck out 10 and hit a three-run home run in leading the Braves to a 12-2 six-inning Park Region Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Thursday, May 19.

Three walks, an error, and singles by Koll and Skoog led to four runs in the first while doubles by Koll and Weaver and a single by Skoog sparked a two-run second. Two walks set up Koll’s blast in the third while two walks and Weaver’s two-run single produced two runs in the fifth. Schoon singled and scored on a wild pitch to cap off the scoring in the sixth.

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The Braves had eight hits and drew 10 walks with Koll (2 for 3, four runs), Weaver (2 for 3, two runs) and Skoog (2 for 4) leading the way.

Menahga finished with a 9-5 record in conference play. New York Mills won the conference title with a 13-1 mark while Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale went 10-4. W-DC ended at 6-8 in the conference.

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