Daylight or under the lights – it didn’t matter for Milaca’s softball team Friday as the Wolves stopped Albany 7-1 at Sod Park in the afternoon, then trimmed Pierz 3-2 in the evening at Rec Park.
“It was fun to get a pair of wins,” said Milaca Coach Randy Johnson. “It was really neat to play under the lights at Rec Park.
“It was a good day for us. We played well.”
Sophomore Hannah Johnson pitched the Granite Ridge Conference win over Albany, allowing six hits while striking out 14 and walking just one. The Huskies scored their run in the first inning.
Milaca pounded 14 hits as senior catcher Sadie Hunt, sophomore shortstop Alex Ploeger and sophomore center fielder Kristina Loegering each had three hits. Loegering’s hits included a triple and a double as she scored three runs while Hunt and Ploeger each drove in two runs.
The Wolves supported Johnson with errorless play in the field.
Junior outfielder Ori Scherer scored the winning run against Pierz in the bottom of the sixth inning. She reached base on a pinch-hit single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Loegering.
Sophomore second baseman Rachel Airhart and Johnson each had a pair of singles while Ploeger, Hunt and sophomore Megan Bremer each had a single.
Senior Sara Warren pitched the victory, allowing nine hits and four walks while fanning eight.
On Thursday, May 9, Milaca dropped a GRC doubleheader against Mora at Milaca. The Mustangs won the first game 3-0 and the second game 3-2.
Scherer, Hunt, Airhart, junior catcher Natalie Bernard and junior third baseman Jessica Hohnwaldt each had a single in the first game. Airhart collected three singles in the second game while Ploeger, Bernard, Hunt, Johnson and Hohnwaldt each had a single.
Mora scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“We stranded four runners at second or third base in the first game and seven in the second game,” said coach Johnson. “That was the big difference.”
Warren took the loss in the opener while Johnson suffered the loss in the second game.
Little Falls swept a GRC twinbill from Milaca Tuesday, May 7, at Little Falls. The Flyers won the opener 1-0 and the second game 6-5.
Junior Sierra Virnig decided the first game as she slugged a home run for game’s lone run.
Johnson took the loss, allowing just six hits.
Warren and Scherer pitched the second game.
Ploeger, Johnson and Hohnwaldt had doubles while Loegering and Airhart each had a pair of singles.
Milaca, 5-7 overall and 4-6 in GRC games, begins sub-section play Monday, May 20. The seeding and pairings will be determined this week.
The Wolves close the regular season Friday with a GRC game against St. Cloud Cathedral at Whitney Park in St. Cloud at 4:30 p.m.