Braham fastpitch softball went 2-1 to finish in 2nd place at last Saturday’s Deer River tournament. In the opener, Angie Bendickson allowed just two hits and struck out seven in a 2-0 win over Nevis. Carley Lynch, Kayla Nickles and Maddie Altendorf strung together hits for the two Bomber runs in the victory.
In the semifinals, Bendickson gutted out a liner off the shin and allowed just two earned runs in an 8-6 win over Hill City. The Bombers jumped to a lead with a big fourth inning when Bendickson delivered a key two-RBI hit and Amelia Fiedler belted a three-run homer. Janessa Malone added an RBI single, and Nickles stole home for the final run.
The championship saw host Deer River sneak past Braham 7-6. Bendickson was 3-for-4 in the game, with two hits coming off the bats of Cassie Schneider and Fiedler.
Great River Softball: Isle 4-0, 9-0; Rush City 4-1, 5-1; Ogilvie 4-2, 4-2; Aitkin 2-2, 2-5; Hinckley-Fin. 2-3, 3-6; Pine City 2-3, 2-9; Braham 2-5, 2-6; East Central 0-4, 0-4.
Braham went north to the Ely Tourney to get in two games on Saturday. In the opener, Alex Sutton’s three-run homer tied the game at 3-3 in the third before Minneapolis South pulled away for a 6-3 win. Sutton added a double, and Jacob Ambrose and James McCarty shared pitching duties.
In Game 2, Ely began with an early lead and held for a 6-3 win over the Bombers. Chris Pinatarro was 2-for-3 with two RBI for Braham, and Noah Bone drove in the other run. Ambrose and Sutton also supplied hits.
Great River Baseball: Aitkin 5-0, 9-2; Hinckley-Fin. 5-1, 6-5; Isle 3-1, 3-2; Pine City 3-2, 3-7; Rush City 2-2, 2-2; East Central 1-3, 1-3; Onamia 1-3, 1-3; Braham 1-4, 1-5; Ogilvie 0-5, 0-6.
C-I Softball in M-8 action
Cambridge-Isanti softball won three of five Mississippi 8 games over the past week while catching up on the schedule. On May 6, Abby Glotzbach crushed a three-run homer, but St. Francis took Game 1 14-4. The Bluejackets rallied with a 6-4 win in Game 2. Josie Potrament led off the game with a solo homer, and Sydney Larkin highlighted a 3-for-4 night with a three-run homer which had C-I leading 5-0. Kate Hanson added two hits and pitched four shutout innings to get the win.
Bowker and Glotzbach both had two hits and combined for three RBI when C-I knocked off North Branch 6-3 on May 7. Larkin tripled home the team’s final run, and Jenna Ramberg (W) and Hanson threw for the Jackets.
On May 12, the Bluejackets downed Princeton 13-3 in a make-up game. Then on May 13, Chisago Lakes’ pitcher had a tough change-up going when the Wildcats won at Cambridge 7-4.
Mississippi 8 Softball: Rogers 9-0, 13-1; Buffalo 7-2, 9-5; St. Francis 6-2, 10-3; Chisago Lakes 6-4, 11-5; St. Michael-Alb. 4-4, 5-6; Cambridge-Isanti 4-6, 10-7; Big Lake 3-4, 7-5; North Branch 3-6, 8-7; Monticello 2-7, 4-10; Princeton 0-9, 0-12.
CCS Baseball tourney May 17
Cambridge Christian Baseball will host its annual spring tourney this Saturday, May 17, with games at the school beginning at 9 a.m. The Warriors are coming off a 5-4 win over Chesterson Academy on a rainy May 12 when Alex Moses tossed five solid innings, and Nick Dufeck finished up with two innings for the save. Moses ripped a double and Grant Wilsey added a key RBI hit when CCS jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first.
On May 9, Spectrum got past CCS 20-19 despite a furious seventh-inning rally. Moses and Jake Bergman led with four hits, and Jack Swenson and Levi Wylie supplied three hits. Grant Taylor added two hits and two walks.
Bluejacket Baseball 1-2 in M-8 games
Cambridge-Isanti Baseball fell to visiting North Branch 6-4 May after the Vikings led 3-1 through five innings. Tristen Zimprich and Collin Anderson both had RBIs for the Bluejackets. Cody Binger (5 inn, 3 K) and Jake Sylvester (2 inn, 3 K) pitched for C-I.
On May 13, the Bluejackets split a double-header at St. Francis. They won Game 1 4-2, then the Saints picked up a 17-0 win in Game 2.