Lions end Braham’s season in 5A playoffs

Senior Emily Long had 2 RBI in the playoff game at Ogilvie, including dropping a single into center field in the fourth.

Braham’s season came to an end after a 4-3 loss to Ogilvie in the 5A Softball East Subsection quarterfinals May 20.

Ogilvie put up all its four runs in the second inning before the Bombers began chipping away. In the fourth, Amanda Sybrant led off by getting hit by a pitch, and Sara Tomlinson reached on a perfect bunt down the first baseline. Jen O’Neil doubled to center to bring home Sybrant, and Emily Long singled in Tomlinson to cut the lead in half.

Braham kept the game tight in the bottom of the fourth when center fielder O’Neil and shortstop Liz Anderson teamed on a relay to cut a runner down at the plate. In the fifth, Anderson snared a hot line drive when the Bombers set down the Lions in order.

Dani Braund led off the sixth for Braham with an opposite-field double, and she later scored on Long’s groundout to short. In the bottom of the inning, the Bomber defense shined again when third-bagger Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow snagged a liner and doubled up the runner at first.

Braham had two runners on in the top of the seventh, but two pop-ups ended that rally. Hurler Tomlinson did a good job shutting down the Lions from the third inning on, allowing just one walk over that stretch. The Bombers close the season with a 7-9 mark.

Looking at her two four-year starters, Liz Anderson and Katie Nickles, Coach Becky Swanson wrapped up, “Liz grew so much as a player during these four years. She had the best batting average on the team this year and was a true leader. Katie grew so much as a player especially, defensively. I know if it was thrown to Katie she was catching it.”

Senior first baseman Katie Nickles tagging out a Lion to complete a 5-3 double play in the May 20 playoff game.

She continued on more Bomber seniors, “Emily Long started as a manager in 8th grade and grew into a varsity starter and clutch hitter. Kelsey Schoenrock was a good player for the Bomber softball team, and Chloe Zemlicka improved greatly in her two years.”

• In the May 24 East semifinals, top-seed Isle defeated Ogilvie 12-2. No. 2 Barnum and No. 3 McGregor also played each other. West top-seed Osakis (20-0) and No. 7 Upsala (8-14) moved on to the 5A final four.

GRC Softball

FINAL: Isle 11-0, 17-0; Hinckley-Fin. 10-2, 12-5; Pine City 7-5, 10-7; Ogilvie 5-7, 9-9; Rush City 4-7, 6-11; Braham 4-7, 7-9; East Central 3-9, 6-12; Aitkin 2-7, 3-9.