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Softball: Menahga salvages conference split with Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale

The Braves drop games to Hill City/Northland and East Polk.

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HILL CITY – Hill City/Northland scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to hand the Menahga fastpitch softball team a 5-4 setback on Tuesday, May 17.

The Braves scored two runs on Janelle Hendrickson’s two-run double in the third inning and scored their other two runs in the sixth on Journie Schoon’s RBI double and Aili Anderson’s sacrifice fly.

Joie Koll (2 for 4) and Hendrickson (2 for 5) led Menahga’s offense, which managed eight hits. Koll took the loss in relief after allowing the game-winning run on two hits in 2 ⅔ innings. Leah Weaver started and gave up four unearned runs on eight hits while striking out seven.

Menahga’s record fell to 2-1 against Section 5A teams and 9-9 overall while Hill City improved to 5-2 in section play and 8-3 overall.

Braves, B-H/V split

VERNDALE – The Braves rebounded from a 10-7 loss in the first game to earn a Park Region Conference split with Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale by posting a 15-5 victory in five innings in the second game on Monday, May 16.

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Schoon’s two-run single and two errors led to three Menahga runs in the first, Weaver’s two-run homer sparked a two-run fifth, and two errors brought across the Braves’ final two runs in the seventh in the first game. Koll (2 for 4) and Weaver (3 for 3, two runs) led Menahga’s nine-hit attack. Weaver allowed 10 runs on 11 hits and eight walks while striking out five.

In the second game, the Braves combined 11 hits with nine walks to salvage the split. Molly Hendrickson’s single, Janelle Hendrickson’s double and Weaver’s RBI single highlighted a four-run first inning. Four walks and a hit batter along with Erica Johnson’s RBI single produced four more runs in the second. Three walks, a double by Michaela Skoog and an RBI single by Anna Pietila led to three runs in the third. Janelle Hendrickson’s two-run single plated two runs in the fourth. RBI by Johnson and Elise Torola ended the game early via the 10-run rule in the fifth.

Janelle Hendrickson (2 for 2, three runs, two RBI), Skoog (2 for 2, four runs, three RBI), Pietila (2 for 3, two RBI) and Johnson (1 for 3, four RBI) paced Menahga’s offense while Koll went the distance for the win, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks with six strikeouts.

New York Mills tops the conference standings with an 11-1 record while BHV (10-4) and Menahga (8-5) follow.

East Polk wins in 6

FOSSTON – The Braves managed only five hits in a 10-0 loss to East Polk on May 13.

Singles by Anderson and Skoog in the third along with singles by Skoog, Koll and Pietila in the fifth accounted for Menahga’s only hits.

Koll took the loss after giving up 10 runs on 10 hits and three walks with six strikeouts as East Polk ended this game via the 10-run rule in the sixth.

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