Aitkin falls to Braham bats in GRC Softball
In their lone action last week, Braham picked up a big two-point win in Great River Softball by coming back on Aitkin in a 6-5 home victory.
Sophomore Sara Tomlinson threw all seven innings to get the win for the Bombers. With the score 1-1, she was helped early on by third-sacker Bella Williams who snared a line drive and turned it into a double-play with the bases loaded in the third inning. In the fourth, Williams charged hard on a Gobbler bunt attempt and threw out the runner at first to quiet a threat.
Braham gained a 3-1 edge in the bottom of the fourth when Amanda Sybrant led off with a walk and Williams smoked a grounder through the Aitkin third baseman’s legs. Dani Braund singled to load the bases, then RBI walks were coaxed by Liz Anderson and Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow.
However, the Gobblers jumped back ahead 4-3 in the fifth on a double, single and walk followed by a two-out, two-run throwing error.
The Bombers kept fighting to pull back ahead in the late innings. Sorenson-Giffrow was on base all four times (1 hit, 2 walks, hit-batter), Katie NIckles laid down a key sacrifice bunt, and Jen O’Neil added a big hit. Tomlinson finished with 3 strikeouts, 4 walks and 6 hits on the rubber, but she pitched out of jams well.
Pine City 4-0, 4-1; Isle 2-0, 3-0; Hinckley-Fin. 3-1, 3-1; Ogilvie 3-3, 3-3; Braham 2-3, 3-3; Rush City 1-2, 1-3; Aitkin 0-3, 1-3; East Central 0-3, 2-5.