CROOKSTON PIRATE SOFTBALL FALLS AT ADA-BORUP

The Crookston Pirate Girl’s Softball team played another competitive game but was unable to overcome a difficult fourth inning before falling 5-2 against Ada-Borup/Norman County West in a non-Section game played in Ada.

Jenna Coauette pitched a strong game in the circle for the Pirates but ran into some early trouble in the second inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Emily Sip walked to start the inning before Breanna Qualley walked to put runners on first and second base. Emily Sip was called out at third base but a single followed by another walk loaded the bases. A second straight walk to Ariel Johnson scored Qualley giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead. A second walk with the bases loaded as well as a pair of runs scored on a fielding error in right field allowed Ada-Borup/Norman County West to take a 4-0 lead after two innings. “(Jenna) did have that second inning, where she ended up walking a few girls in,” explained Crookston head coach Robbe Nessler. “We ended up getting out of it, but they scored four in the inning. Other than that, she pitched very well, but those walks in the second inning ended up being what hurt her. Despite those walks, she fought through it.” In the top of the fifth inning, Crookston took one run back. MacKenze Epema doubled with one out in the inning before advancing to third base on a wild pitch. Ashlyn Genereux drove a sacrifice fly into left field plating the Pirates first run of the game and trimming the visitor’s deficit down to 4-1. “She scored on a deep fly ball to right field that Ashlyn Genereux hit,” said Nessler. “Kenze tagged up and Ada tried to appeal it because they thought that Kenze left early but the umpire said, ‘she left when she was supposed to,’ so that was how we scored our first run.” Crookston plated another run in the sixth inning. Jasmin Hanson singled to spark the two-out rally before Jenna Coauette drove in Hanson with a double as the Pirates pulled within 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. “Jenna had a nice double and Jasmin had hit a single and then reached second base on a throwing error,” said Nessler. “Ada did make one error and it was a throwing error that allowed (Jasmin Hanson) to reach second base.” A walk to start the bottom of the sixth inning turned into a run scored by Breanna Qualley following a couple of wild pitches giving the hosts a 5-2 lead heading into the seventh inning. Ariel Johnson retired Crookston in order in the seventh to close out a 5-2 win for Ada-Borup/Norman County West. “It was very similar to our East Grand Forks game,” summarized Nessler. “Our pitching was very strong tonight, Jenna had a really good game. Tonight our defense played probably our most complete game since I’ve been coaching. They made essentially every play that they could. Coming into the year I had a lot more confidence because I knew what our abilities were. We have some girls that are very good athletes and have had success in other sports that they play in, so we certainly have every ability to compete. I think with most of these girls having played varsity last year, it helps them a lot. Even though we haven’t gotten our first win yet, we’ve been pretty close to some teams that blew us out of the water last year.”

The Pirates fall to 0-4 overall and return to the field on Tuesday when Crookston makes the long trip up to Warroad for a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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2
3
4
5
6
7
R
H
E
CROOKSTON
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
2
5
1
Ada-Borup/NCW
0
4
0
0
0
1
X
5
2
1

 

Pitching
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Jenna Coauette – Crox
6.0
2
5
3
7
6
Ariel Johnson – AB
7.0
5
2
2
0
5


For Crookston
Jasmin Hanson – 2-3, run

For Ada-Borup/NCW
Ivy Johnson – 2-3
Breanna Qualley – 0-0, 3 walks, 2 runs