Softball

Upsala erased a late deficit in its final at bat in the opener, then held Swanville to one run in the nightcap to earn a season-opening 7-5, 4-1 home sweep, Tuesday. Junior Katie Ripplinger went 2-for-4 in the opener for Upsala, with sophomores Mariah Prokott and Kristin Wuebkers picking up the wins pitching. Eighth-grader Kiley [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Becker pounded out 16 hits to defeat visiting Little Falls 13-3 in Monday’s season opener. Senior Jamie Jenks had a pair of hits for the Flyers, while juniors Alea Cekalla and Sierra Virnig each doubled.   Little Falls 3 7 8 Becker 13 16 1 Little Falls—Jamie Jenks: 2-3; [...]

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Softball: Holdingford 5, Milaca 2 Holdingford tallied all five of its runs in the third inning to spring past Milaca 5-2 in its season opener, Friday. Haley Huls and Jena Volkers each went 2-for-4, with Huls scoring and driving in a run and Volkers slugging a triple. Courtney Kostreba added a two-out, two-run single in [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Pierz erased an early 3-0 deficit, but St. Cloud Cathedral took advantage of five errors to squeak by with a 5-4 win in the Pioneers’ season opener at the St. Cloud State Dome, Thursday. The Crusaders jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning before Pierz got [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Swanville returns four starters, including senior sluggers Tiffany Barthel and Marissa Evans. But the key to the Bulldogs’ ability to contend for the top spot in the Prairie Conference this spring will be found in the pitcher’s circle, head coach Tom Bzdok said. “The success of our season will [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Royalton dropped six of seven non-conference games a year ago, but dominated in Prairie Conference action, claiming the South Division title. The Royals will look to match that feat against division opponents Swanville, Upsala and Eagle Valley, with a group of six returning starters leading the way. Junior infielder [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Upsala will once again field a young roster this spring as it contends with Royalton, Swanville and Eagle Valley for the top spot in the Prairie Conference South. Leading the Cardinals will be a trio of seniors in Alissa Zehrer, Kim Mayer and Maria Jensen. Upsala won its playoff [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Little Falls captured the first ever Granite Ridge Conference (GRC) softball championship last season. This spring, however, the Flyers will have to combat with the departure of a deep graduating class and the arrival of area power Albany as it looks to compete with the rest of the GRC. [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Holdingford will rely on a strong lineup, and the arm of its four-year starting pitcher, senior Alyssa Ohman, as it looks to compete for a title in the talented Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) this spring. In addition to guiding the Huskers on the mound, Ohman hit .565 last year [...]

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