Prairie Softball: Bats bail out Swanville in big way

Swanville senior Nikki Primus winds and delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s home game versus West Central Area. Primus had a hit as the Bulldogs plated 13 runs in the fifth inning to take down Eagle Valley in the second game of a doubleheader, Monday.

Swanville senior Nikki Primus winds and delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s home game versus West Central Area. Primus had a hit as the Bulldogs plated 13 runs in the fifth inning to take down Eagle Valley in the second game of a doubleheader, Monday.

Swanville had some trouble throwing the ball over the plate.

Eagle Valley had more trouble keeping Bulldogs from crossing the plate.

To be more specific, Eagle Valley couldn’t find a way to stem the tide in the fifth inning, as Swanville erupted for 13 runs to break a 2-2 tie as it gained a split of Monday’s home doubleheader with a 15-5 win.

The Bulldogs overcame 10 walks with a fierce offensive effort, led by senior Ashley Maciej with three hits, sophomore Ellie Koetter with two hits and junior Danica Hanson with a home run.

Freshman Madison Beseman added a double and seniors Jackie Panek and Nikki Primus and junior Simone Grittner all singled.

Swanville nearly pulled out the first contest, but Eagle Valley rallied with two runs in the fourth to tie it and another in the fifth to pick up a 7-6 win.

Koetter had a pair of hits, including a double, with freshman Kiley Loven, Grittner, Maciej, Primus and Hanson each adding a hit.

Eagle Valley only had three hits, but capitalized on 17 walks.

 

Browerville, West Central top Bulldogs

Swanville served as host to a pair of different Prairie Conference schools in a unique weather-induced doubleheader, Tuesday, falling 18-7 to Browerville and 14-0 to West Central Area.

Sophomore Haileigh Sales, freshman Cheyene Graves, Grittner, Koetter, Beseman and Primus had two hits apiece and Panek added one versus Browerville.

 

Royalton splits with Osakis, falls by one to Pillager

Sophomore Kayla Eli mashed three homers and senior Jacquline Nichols had six hits as Royalton split Tuesday’s home doubleheader against Osakis.

The afternoon started in thrilling fashion, with the Royals tying the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh, then winning it in the eighth when Nichols scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Payton Johnson.

Swanville senior Ashley Maciej hustles up the line during Swanville’s home game against West Central Area, Tuesday. Maciej was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ 15-5 win the previous day against Eagle Valley, slugging three hits.

Swanville senior Ashley Maciej hustles up the line during Swanville’s home game against West Central Area, Tuesday. Maciej was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ 15-5 win the previous day against Eagle Valley, slugging three hits.

Eli doubled and socked two homers, scoring three times and driving in three while also recording the complete-game win.

Nichols put up four hits, a pair of runs and two stolen bases and sophomore Shania Graczyk doubled twice and drove in two runs.

Osakis got the better end of the second game, overcoming a 3-0 deficit to win 7-4.

Eli hit another home run and collected three RBIs while Nichols tacked on two more hits.

Freshman Jordyn Bzdok also picked up two hits and Johnson singled and drove in a run.

Defensively, Nichols and Bzdok teamed up for 16 put outs and sophomore catcher Bethany Cimenski didn’t allow a passed ball in either contest.

Pillager plated a run in the bottom of the seventh to knock off visiting Royalton 7-6, May 9.

Senior Katelyn Kasella went 2-for-3 and Johnson doubled and drove in two, with Cimenski and Bzdok each chipping in a hit, RBI and run.

 

Upsala splits Prairie games

Upsala split a pair of lopsided conference games, routing visiting Eagle Valley 18-5, May 9, before falling 9-0 to visiting Osakis, Wednesday.

 

Playoff schedule

The Sub-Section 5A West playoffs will begin Monday, with fourth-seeded Royalton hosting fifth-seeded Upsala and No. 7 Swanville playing at No. 2 Kimball Area.

The winner between Royalton and Upsala will take on top-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins and the winner between Swanville and Kimball Area will match up against the winner between No. 3 Browerville and No. 6 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. Those games are scheduled to be played in Minnewaska, Tuesday.

Teams that advance past the first round will enter the double elimination portion of section play and compete in the sub-section finals or consolation first round in Minnewaska, Thursday.

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