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Braves split pair with BHV, sweep W-DC, fall to PR-B

Jadeyn Dissmore connected for a double and scored Menahga's lone run in an 11-1 loss to Pine River-Backus on Friday, May 10. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Rachel Marjamaa pitched the Menahga fastpitch softball team to three victories last week.

Marjamaa earned the win as the Braves rallied for an 8-7 Park Region Conference victory over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale on May 7. BHV responded to earn the split with an 8-4 win in the second game.

In the first game, Menahga trailed 6-1 before scoring twice in the sixth and five times in the seventh. Aimee Lake (2 for 4), Jessica Pietila (2 for 4, one run), Rena Pinoniemi (2 for 4, three runs) and Madi Marjamaa (1 for 4, one run, one RBI) had doubles to lead the Braves' 11-hit attack. Allie Anderson, Alyssa Peterson, Jadeyn Dissmore, and Jamie Erno also contributed a hit apiece while Dissmore, Allie Pfeifer and Lela Peterson scored runs as the Braves took advantage of nine BHV errors. Rachel Marjamaa allowed two earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

BHV salvaged the split by scoring five runs in the first inning. Pinoniemi doubled and drove in a run and Erno tripled and drove in a run to lead Menahga's 10-hit attack. Peterson (3 for 3, one RBI), Maryn Pinoniemi (2 for 3, one run), Anderson (1 for 3) and Pfeifer (1 for 3) also aided the offense. Erno started and took the loss, giving up eight runs in 3 ⅓ innings before Rachel Marjamaa allowed one hit over the final 2 ⅔ innings. BHV is now 3-2 in Section 5A games, 7-4 in the conference and 10-6 overall.

Menahga capitalized on 13 errors to sweep a conference doubleheader from Wadena-Deer Creek on Thursday, May 9 by following a 15-2 five-inning victory with a 7-4 win.

Marjamaa threw a three-hitter in the first game as the Braves took control by scoring seven times in both the second and third innings. Rena Pinoniemi (3 for 3, two runs, four RBI) hit a home run while Pietila (two runs) and Erno (1 for 2, one run) drove in two runs each. Also contributing at the plate were Anderson (1 for 4, two runs), Peterson (1 for 2, two runs, one RBI), Dissmore (1 for 3, one run, one RBI), Madi Marjamaa (one run, one RBI) and Rachel Marjamaa (1 for 3). Maryn Pinoniemi scored three runs.

The Braves trailed 4-3 in the second game before scoring four times in the fifth inning to complete the sweep. Rena Pinoniemi (two runs) and Madi Marjamaa (two RBI) had doubles while Erno went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI. Anderson, Peterson, Pietila and Rachel Marjamaa scored runs as the Braves were held to five hits. Rachel Marjamaa earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on three hits over the final 4 ⅔ innings.

The sweep lifted Menahga to 5-9 in the conference. W-DC fell to 5-7 in the conference and 7-9 overall.

Pine River-Backus held the Braves to only two hits in an 11-1 section victory on Friday, May 10. Dissmore doubled and scored Menahga's only run in the second inning. PR-B sealed the win by scoring six times in the fourth inning to improve to 5-4 in section games and 7-5 overall. The Braves fell to 2-4 against section opponents and 6-10 overall.