Granite Ridge Softball: Jenks sizzles as Little Falls cuts down St. Cloud Cathedral in seventh

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

Albany senior Emily Pratt, left, slides too late into third base, as Little Falls senior Chelsey Karnowski drops down the tag for the out during the Flyers’ home doubleheader, May 9. Karnowski went 1-for-3 with a run in the game as the Flyers steamrolled the Huskies 17-8.

Albany senior Emily Pratt, left, slides too late into third base, as Little Falls senior Chelsey Karnowski drops down the tag for the out during the Flyers’ home doubleheader, May 9. Karnowski went 1-for-3 with a run in the game as the Flyers steamrolled the Huskies 17-8.

Seniors Jamie Jenks and Katie Stewart each slugged three hits as Little Falls knocked off host St. Cloud Cathedral 7-6, May 10.

With the game tied at 5-5 in the top of the seventh, the Flyers took the lead on an RBI double by junior Sierra Virnig and a run-scoring single by Stewart.

Cathedral scored a run in the bottom of the inning to pull back within one, but had the tying run thrown out on the base paths to end the threat.

Jenks went 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs and Stewart went 3-for-4 with a triple, run and three RBIs.

Senior Chantelle Anderson and sophomore Kendra Pohlman each added two hits, with juniors Alea Cekalla, Tristen Zimmerman and Virnig all collecting a hit and a run.

Cekalla earned the complete-game win, allowing only one earned run and striking out three.

Jenks homers, drives in five as Flyers split with Albany

Little Falls bounced back from an 11-1 loss in the opening game against visiting Albany to storm past the Huskies 17-8 in the finale, May 9, helped along by a 4-for-5 performance by Jenks.

After the lead changed hands five times in game two, Little Falls made certain the sixth time stuck, plating nine runs in the top of the fifth to ensure a doubleheader split.

Jenks singled twice, doubled and homered while scoring four runs and knocking in five to lead the Flyers’ 17-hit attack.

Senior Emily Suska went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, with Pohlman, Virnig and Cekalla picking up two hits apiece.

Pohlman and Virnig combined for seven RBIs and Cekalla scored twice, with Zimmerman and sophomore Katelynn Kanieski each adding a run and an RBI.

Suska went 1-for-3 and scored Little Falls’ lone run in game one.

Zimmerman takes pair of pitchers’ duels

Jenks put together another four-hit performance in the opening game against visiting Zimmerman, Tuesday, but  Little Falls was haunted by 11 runners left on base in a 2-1, 2-0 sweep for the Thunder.

The Flyers scored their only run on the day in the bottom of the third inning of game one on back-to-back doubles by Jenks and Virnig, but the lead was short-lived as Zimmerman’s first two batters of the fourth inning scored.

Virnig added two hits for Little Falls in game one, while Cekalla held the Thunder to just one earned run in each contest.

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