WALKER - Paige Sepin doubled and scored two runs for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they trounced the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves 13-7 in a conference softball game Thursday.
Winning pitcher Erin Johnson had nine strikeouts and gave up only one walk.
Krystle Hamilton added a double and scored two runs for PR-B. Mackenzie Sepin went 3-for-5 with three runs scored.
Pine River-Backus 13 10 3
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 7 9 3
WP: Erin Johnson. LP: Katie Lee. 2B: PRB-Paige Sepin, Krystle Hamilton. Conference: 6-4. Overall: 10-7. Next: PRB at Pillager Friday 8:30 p.m.
New York Mills 1-0
VERNDALE - Nicole Bart improved her record to 10-1 as she pitched both wins in Verndale's doubleheader sweep of New York Mills in Park Region Conference softball Thursday.
Bart tallied nine strikeouts in the Pirates' 11-1 Game One win and eight in their 1-0 Game Two victory, her fifth shutout of the season. Alisha Johnson went 2-for-3 in Game One and had two RBIs, scored two runs and doubled. Heather Hejhal also doubled and Alexia Christianson was 3-3.
In Game Two, Elizabeth Johnson drove in Jamie Kern with the winning run. Alisha Johnson was 3-3.
New York Mills 1 1 2
Verndale 11 16 0
WP: Nicole Bart. LP: Cichy. 2B: V-Heather Hejhal, Alisha Johnson.
New York Mills 0 2 0
Verndale 1 8 0
WP: Bart. LP: McCall. 2B: V-Johnson. Conference: V 10-1. Overall: V 10-1. Next: Verndale hosts Nevis Friday 4:30 p.m.
Aitkin 5-0, Isle 0-4
ISLE - The Aitkin Gobblers split a Great River Conference softball doubleheader with the Isle Huskies, winning the first game 5-0 before losing the second 4-0 Thursday.
In the first game, Kelsey Klucas was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Lauren Eno was 2-2 with a double and RBI and Emily Mehr was 1-3 for Aitkin.
Mehr got the win as she threw a complete game, giving up no runs, one hit and two walks while striking out 11.
In the second game, Sara Hoge was tagged with the loss. She threw a complete game, giving up four runs, five hits and two walks and struck out five.
Eno, Kristi Cummings, Kristi Hoge and Allie Carlson each had hits for the Gobblers.
Isle 0 1 2
Aitkin 5 6 0
WP: Emily Mehr. LP: Krystal Miller. 2B: A-Kelsey Klucas, Lauren Eno.
Isle 4 5 1
Aitkin 0 4 2
WP: Voss. LP: Sara Hoge. Conference: A 5-1. Overall: A 6-2. Next: Aitkin vs. Greenway 3:30 p.m., vs. Deer River 5:30 p.m. at Deer River Friday.
OTC 11, Pillager 0
PILLAGER - Nicole Marcy had the lone Pillager hit as the Huskies were defeated by Ottertail Central 11-0 in Park Region Conference softball Thursday.
Pillager 0 1 5
Ottertail Central 11 9 0
LP: Ally Hunstad (3-2). Conference: P 2-8. Overall: P 4-8. Next: Pillager hosts Pine River-Backus 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Kimball 11, Pierz 1
KIMBALL - Danielle Nelson was 2-for-3 for Pierz as the Pioneers lost to the Kimball Cubs 11-1 in five innings in Central Minnesota Conference softball Thursday.
Kimball 11 7 2
Pierz 1 4 6
WP: A. Schietelbein. LP: Brianna Varner. Conference: P 2-10. Overall: P 2-11. Next: Pierz hosts Swanville 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Willmar 4, Little Falls 1
LITTLE FALLS - Ariel Waldoch was 1-for-2 with one RBI for the Little Falls Flyers as they dropped a Central Lakes Conference softball game 4-1 to the Willmar Cardinals on Thursday.
Ashly Erickson scored the Flyers' lone run.
Marissa Gessell was tagged with the loss. She threw a complete game, giving up four hits, one earned run and three walks and struck out five but the Flyers made five errors behind her.
Willmar 4 4 2
Little Falls 1 5 5
WP: Hannah Pederson. LP: Marissa Gessell. 2B: W-Bobbi Sather. Conference: LF 3-8. Overall: LF 4-11. Next: Little Falls at Willmar 4 p.m. Monday.
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