Softball: Menahga opens Section 5A playoffs with pair of wins

The Braves defeat Cass Lake-Bena 20-0 and Sebeka 7-2 in first rounds.

Molly Hendrickson connects on a pitch during Menahga's Section 5A playoff game against Cass Lake-Bena on Monday, May 23, 2002.
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MENAHGA – Leah Weaver and Joie Koll pitched Menahga to a pair of home victories to open the Section 5A fastpitch softball tournament.

The Braves, the No. 2 seed in the West, opened the playoffs with a 20-0 win in four innings over No. 7 Cass Lake-Bena on May 23 before defeating No. 3 Sebeka 7-2 on May 24.

A 14-hit offensive attack powered Menahga past CL-B in the tournament opener.

The Braves sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning in claiming a 7-0 lead. Janelle Hendrickson’s RBI double started the inning before an RBI single by Michaela Skoog, an RBI double by Molly Hendrickson, a two-run triple by Erica Johnson and an RBI single by Aili Anderson along with three walks and a hit batter capped off the inning. Menahga scored six of those runs with two outs.

Menahga put the game away in the second by sending 18 batters to the plate and scoring 13 times. Skoog’s double, Journie Schoon’s RBI single, Anderson’s single and Koll’s two-run single started the inning. A single by Anna Pietila, a two-run double by Skoog, a single by Anderson and a two-run double by Koll concluded the scoring as the Braves also took advantage of three errors.


Leading the Braves’ offense were Koll (2 for 3, two runs, four RBI), Skoog (4 for 4, three runs, three RBI), Anderson (3 for 4), Pietila (two runs) and Janelle Hendrickson (two runs, two RBI). Weaver went the distance, allowing one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts for the win.

CL-B ended the season with a 1-13 record.

A five-run second inning ignited the Braves’ win over Sebeka.

A single by Skoog set up RBI singles by Elise Torola and Koll, an RBI double by Pietila, and an RBI single by Janelle Hendrickson.

Johnson’s triple and Anderson’s two-run home run accounted for Menahga’s other two runs in the third.

Koll picked up the win by allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings and went 2 for 3 at the plate as the Braves managed seven hits.

Menahga, which defeated Sebeka 23-3 in four innings and 10-7 during the regular season, improved to 13-9. The Trojans fell to 8-11.

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1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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