Granite Ridge Softball: Left is all right: southpaws Cekalla, Jenks propel Little Falls to sweeps

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor
patrick.slack@mcrecord.com

Little Falls junior Alea Cekalla winds and deals during the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against visiting Milaca. Cekalla fired a three-hit shutout in the opener, then came back to earn the complete-game victory in the finale.

Little Falls junior Alea Cekalla winds and deals during the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against visiting Milaca. Cekalla fired a three-hit shutout in the opener, then came back to earn the complete-game victory in the finale.

As the second week of the season rolled around, the Little Falls offense caught fire.

At the same time, junior pitcher Alea Cekalla extinguished the bats of the Flyers’ opponents.

Added up, Little Falls rattled off four consecutive Granite Ridge Conference victories, capped by a 1-0, 6-5 home sweep against Milaca, Tuesday.

Neither team was able to generate many baserunners, let alone runs in the first contest, with both teams scoreless through five innings of play.

Junior Sierra Virnig changed that with one swing of the bat, belting a solo homer to right-center field, accounting for the lone run of the game.

Cekalla did her part on the mound, shutting out the Wolves on three hits with a flawless defensive effort behind her.

Senior Jamie Jenks and sophomore Katelynn Kanieski each picked up two hits.

The Flyers sweated out another one-run win in the finale, withstanding a four-run Milaca sixth inning to finish off the sweep.

Little Falls senior Jamie Jenks shows off her cannon of an arm, nearly throwing out a batter at first from center field late in the second game of Tuesday’s home doubleheader versus Milaca. Jenks slugged a pair of hits in each game to help lead the Flyers to a 1-0, 6-5 sweep.

Little Falls senior Jamie Jenks shows off her cannon of an arm, nearly throwing out a batter at first from center field late in the second game of Tuesday’s home doubleheader versus Milaca. Jenks slugged a pair of hits in each game to help lead the Flyers to a 1-0, 6-5 sweep.

Jenks recorded another multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Cekalla helped her own cause with a pair of hits, picking up the complete-game win pitching with six strikeouts.

Jenks, Cekalla slug Flyers 

to sweep of Princeton

Cekalla and the Flyers earned their first two wins of the season at Princeton, May 2, limiting the Tigers to two runs in a 4-1, 5-1 doubleheader sweep.

Cekalla picked up the win in both games, firing a three-hitter in the opener and a four-hitter in the finale, while also reaching base in 6-of-7 plate appearances.

Jenks slammed three hits on the night, driving in two runs in the first game and scoring twice in the second.

Senior Emily Suska scored two runs in the first game, Virnig crossed the plate twice in the second and Kanieski and senior Chantelle Anderson each hit safely in both contests.

Flyers’ bats come to life, but LF falls twice at Alexandria

Little Falls displayed an uptick in offensive production, but couldn’t hang on to a pair of 5-0 leads at the Alexandria tournament, May 4.

The Flyers opened the day with a five-run first inning against Maple Lake, only to watch the Irish score the contest’s final 18 runs in an 18-5 defeat.

Suska went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and two steals and Jenks recorded two hits and two RBIs to lead the Flyers, with junior Tristen Zimmerman scoring and knocking in two.

Little Falls closed the day on the short end of a 20-14 slugfest with Watertown-Mayer, piling up 13 hits.

Seniors Katie Stewart and Kristen Gotfredson, Virnig, Zimmerman and Jenks all delivered two hits on the day, with Virnig and Stewart belting homers and combining for six RBIs.

Senior Chelsey Karnowski added two RBIs and two steals and Suska scored three runs.

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