Pine River-Backus pitcher Autumn Ackerman tossed a five-inning no-hitter in a 19-0 win in the second game of an Upper Mississippi Conference doubleheader against the Laporte Wildcats on Monday, May 13.
The Tigers, who are 8-0 in the conference, are scheduled to play a doubleheader against Pequot Lakes and Pillager in Pequot Lakes on Thursday, May 16. PR-B will then play a night game against the Huskies on Saturday, May 18.
PR-B sweeps Laporte
Ackerman struck out four batters and walked three, and the fielders did the rest of the work for her. The Tigers got everybody in on the action as all but two players got to bat at least twice. Kendra Brasel went 2-2 with a double and two RBIs. Howard went 2-3 with a triple. Liz Downie and Carlee Staples each double.
The first game was much the same as the second as the Tigers won 19-3. Aleckson took the win as she struck out five, walked five, and gave up three hits. DeGrote was the only batter with more than singles as she doubled. Felthous went 3-4 while Howard was 2-3 and Brasel had three RBI.
Tigers sweep Walker-H-A
PR-B team easily defeated the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves in a conference doubleheader in Walker on Saturday, May 11. The first game started with the Tigers batting and scoring six runs in the first inning. WHA was able to put two runs on the board in the bottom of the inning and they added one more in the bottom of the second to make the score 6-3.
The Tigers added another six runs in the top of the third to lengthen their lead 12-3, which was a good thing since they didn’t score again and had to hold off the Wolves for the last two innings.
The Wolves came back with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 12-8, and the Tigers managed to hold them to one run in the bottom of the fifth to take the win 12-9.
Caitlyn Aleckson took the win for the Tigers with four strikeouts, six walks, and four hits. Autumn Ackerman went 1-3 with a triple and two RBIs and Journee Howard went 1-3 with a double and two RBI.
The second game was more of a blowout as the Tigers scored in every inning to win the game 19-4. The Tigers got four runs in the first, two runs in the second, five in the third, and eight in the fourth. Ackerman was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts, two walks, and seven hits.
Morgan Demars went 2-3 with a double and a triple, Downie went 2-3 with a double and three RBIs, Tatum Sheley went 1-2 with a double, Ackerman went 3-3 with three singles and three RBI, and Megan Felthous went 2-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Menahga 10, Tigers 4
PR-B’s only loss of the early season came Friday, May 10 as they traveled to Menahga to play the Braves. The Tigers came out swinging in the top of the first as they got six hits and scored three runs. Menahga managed two runs in the bottom of the first to make the score 2-2.
The Braves switched pitchers in the top of the second inning and things went downhill from there for the Tigers. The Tigers didn’t score again until the top of the fifth while the Braves took the lead in the bottom of the third with four runs. The Tigers managed one run in the fifth, but Menahga scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth and another two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Ackerman took the loss as she struck out one, walked seven, and gave up nine hits. The Tigers also had five errors, but they did out hit the Braves 10-9. Sheley went 2-3 with a double and triple, and Demars and Ackerman each had a double.
Tigers beat Blackduck, N-K
On Thursday, May 9, PR-B played a conference double-header against two different teams as both the Blackduck Drakes and the Northome-Kelliher Mustangs came down to Pine River, and the Tigers came away with two easy wins. Their first game was against the Mustangs, and the Tigers allowed the Mustangs to score two runs in the top of the first before the Tigers took over, batted all the way through their lineup and halfway through again, and scored 10 runs.
The Mustangs didn’t score again until the top of the fifth when they managed to get one run, while the Tigers scored three more runs in the second and two more in the fourth. Aleckson took the win with five strikeouts, two walks, and four hits. Demars went 1-1 with a double, and Downie, Cheryl Carlson, Ackerman, Howard, and Steph DeGrote added singles for the Tigers.
In the second game, against the Drakes, the Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Drakes managed to score one run in the bottom of the second inning. The Tigers added two more runs in the top of the third, and the Drakes answered with three runs in the bottom. The Tigers scored one run in the top of the fourth and held the Drakes to one run in the bottom to make the score 9-5.
PR-B put up two more runs in the top of the fifth and made the Drakes strand two runners in scoring position to end the game 11-5. Ackerman took the win with three strikeouts, eight walks, and six hits.
Demars led the Tigers in batting by going 3-3 with three doubles and two RBI. Downie was 3-3 with one double and four RBI. Ackerman was 2-4 with two RBI and Felthous was 2-3.
Tigers pound CL-B, Red Lake
PR-B opened their season by blanking the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers 16-0 in a conference game up in Cass Lake Tuesday, May 7. The Tigers scored one run in the first and second innings and two runs in the third, but their blowout came in the fourth as they batted through their lineup twice and scored 12 runs before the Panthers could get them out.
Ackerman took the win by striking out three, walking seven and allowing only two hits. The Tigers had 10 hits, including an in-the-park home run by Demars at the beginning of the fourth inning. Demars also had a double. Ackerman had a triple, and Felthous added a double.
The Tigers crushed the Red Lake Warriors 37-3 in their second game up in Cass Lake as the Tigers got 32 hits and batted all the way through their lineup every inning. The Warriors runs came in the first and second innings. PR-B scored seven in the first, eight in the second, eight in the third, and 14 in the fourth. All but one of the Tigers’ hitters had at least one hit.
Demars, Sheley and Olivia Davidson each had a triple. Brasel had two doubles, and Ackerman and Howard each had three doubles as they each went 4-6. Aleckson was the winning pitcher with seven strikeouts, six walks, and two hits.