Wolves have right combination in softball win over Princeton

What happens when your team belts out 14 hits and your pitcher allows just six hits and two earned runs?

For Milaca’s softball team that combination resulted in an 8-3 Granite Ridge Conference victory at Princeton Monday afternoon.

“Our bats were hot and Sara Warren pitched a fine game,” said Milaca Coach Randy Johnson, whose team moved to a 3-3 record, 3-2 in GRC games. “It was a big win.”

Catcher Natalie Bernard led the offense with a pair of singles and a double as she drove in three runs. First baseman Sadie Hunt rapped a triple and a single, with her triple coming with the bases loaded to give her three runs batted in.

Warren, Ori Scherer and Rachel Airhart added two singles each.

Warren pitched the distance, striking our four while walking three.

The Wolves host Mora today (Thursday) in a GRC doubleheader starting at 3:15. On Friday the Wolves host Albany in a GRC game at Sod Park at 4:30, then face Pierz in a non-conference game at Rec Park at 7.

“We’ll be very busy this week,” said Johnson.

Milaca traveled to Little Falls for a doubleheader Tuesday.

The Wolves swept a GRC doubleheader at Foley Thursday, May 2, winning the first game 7-4 and the second contest 10-0 in five innings.

“The team really came together in the sweep at Foley,” said Johnson, who notched coaching victories 200 and 201. “We had great pitching and hitting.”

Milaca totaled 31 hits in the victories.

Bernard had a double and a single while Scherer had a double in the first game. Shortstop Alex Ploeger, third baseman Jessica Hohnwaldt and Airhart each had a pair of singles.

The Wolves scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning and four more in the seventh.

Warren pitched the distance, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out eight.

Hannah Johnson, who pitched the victory, and Warren each cracked two singles and a double in the nightcap. Bernard and Hohnwaldt added three singles each while Kristina Loegering, Ploeger and Airhart each had two singles.

Johnson allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out 11 over five innings.

On Tuesday, April 30, Becker swept a GRC twinbill at Milaca, winning the opener 7-1 and the second game 4-1.

Ploeger and Hunt each had two singles in the first game while Ploeger and Airhart had two hits each in the second game.