Brandon-Evansville, Alexandria, Osakis combine to go 5-0 Thursday

Local softball teams break out the bats to put up big numbers on the way to five wins.

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Brandon-Evansville's Sydney Schaefer looks to bunt for a hit against Rothsay on April 23, 2021. Schaefer was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs in a 16-1 win over Hillcrest Lutheran on April 29. It was part of a sweep of Hillcrest that improved the Chargers to 7-1 overall. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The Osakis softball team is 4-0 after winning a 5-4 game against Pillager (3-4) shorthanded on April 29.

The Silverstreaks scored four runs in the fifth inning with the help of hits from Hayleigh Niehoff, Shelbe Schmidt and Maggie Dirkes.

“We came into this game down four players from unforeseen circumstances,” Osakis head coach John Stigman said. “We spent the last three days patching things together. Our team did a great job rallying together to pull out a great team win.”

Niehoff got the win from the rubber after allowing four runs on six hits over seven innings. She struck out five and walked one.

“Hayleigh pitched a great game and got stronger as the game progressed,” Stigman said. “She got through a couple of long innings early, then took over as the game progressed.”


Osakis had won all three of its previous games by double digits. Stigman was proud of how this group found a way to win a tight game.

“Our veterans really did a great job of helping our younger players today and all week,” Stigman said. “We are really proud of that and the leadership they displayed.”

Alexandria bounces back

Alexandria bounced back from its first two losses of the season on April 27 against Rocori by sweeping a doubleheader against Fergus Falls two days later.

The Cardinals (6-2) won 13-7 and 9-3 over the Otters (2-5). Alexandria used a five-run sixth inning to grab control in the 9-3 win.

Madi Heid tripled, scored two runs and drove in three more in that game. That made a winner out of Emily Harris from the circle, where she threw all seven innings and did not allow an earned run. Harris struck out five and walked nobody.

Fergus Falls led 7-2 after three innings in the opener, but Alexandria responded with five-run frames in the fourth and sixth to secure the win.

The Cardinals pounded out 15 hits. Harris and Emma Magaard each had three of those, as Harris scored four times and drove in a run, and Magaard added four RBIs and scored once.

The Cardinals now host their home invite on Saturday morning starting at 10 against Eden Valley-Watkins. Alexandria is scheduled to play Little Falls at 2 p.m. that same day.


FERGUS FALLS 200 001 0 - 3 3 1

ALEXANDRIA 010 305 X - 9 8 4

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Emily Harris - W, 7IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 5SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE - Maci Tilleskjor - 0-4; Jordan O’Kane - 1-4, 2 RBI; Brooklyn Stender - 0-3; Harris - 1-4, 1 run; Emma Magaard - 2-2, BB, 3 runs, RBI; Aubrie Porter - 2-3, 1 run, RBI; Madi Heid - 1-3, 3B, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Paige Habberstad - 0-2, RBI; Josie Steidl - 1 run; Chloe Loch - 0-2; Kinzie Johnson - 1-1, 1 run, RBI

ALEXANDRIA 200 515 0 0 13 15 3

FERGUS FALLS 205 000 0 - 7 11 7

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Josie Steidl - 4IP, 10H, 7R, 5ER, 0BB, 2SO; Harris - W, 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 1SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE - Tilleskjor - 1-4, BB, 1 run; Harris - 3-5, 2B, BB, 4 runs, RBI; Stender - 1-4, BB, 2 runs, RBI; O’Kane - 1-2, BB, 1 run, 2 RBI; E. Magaard - 3-5, 1 run, 4 RBI; Johnson - 1-4, BB, 1 run, RBI; Maddie Buboltz - 1-5, 1 run; Porter - 2-5, 1 run, RBI; Steidl - 2-5, 1 run, RBI


Chargers dominate Hillcrest Lutheran, move to 7-1

Brandon-Evansville had no problems with Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (0-2) on Thursday as the Chargers (7-1) won 10-0 and 16-1 games in five and four innings, respectively.

The Chargers played error-free defense in the field, and Mikenna Pattrin threw a five-inning no-hitter in game one. Her only base runner allowed was a hit batter.

“Mikenna threw an excellent game,” B-E head coach Kasi Sieling said. “Offensively, we hit the ball hard and took advantage of extra opportunities to move girls around.”

Pattrin also had 3 RBIs in the 16-1 win. Taylin Kramer got the pitching win. She allowed no hits and walked six, while also striking out six. It was her first start of the season.

“Offensively, we were able to get things going early to take the lead,” Sieling said. “Hillcrest put some pressure on in the third inning with patient batters to load the bases with walks. We were able to work out of that inning only allowing one run and stranding three runners. In the bottom of the third inning, we batted around twice, which was started by a single by Kiley Lund. We were patient in the box to collect five hits and draw nine walks to open this game up. The girls played well tonight to secure the sweep in this conference doubleheader.”

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 411 22 - 10 6 0

HILLCREST 000 00 - 0 0 6

B-E PITCHING - Mikenna Pattrin - W, 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1 HB, 0SO


B-E OFFENSE - Sydney Schaefer - 1-3, 2 runs; Bailey Schaefer - 1-1, HR, 3 BB, 3 runs, RBI; Korrie Randt - 1-4, 1 run; Kaytlyn Pattrin - 1-3; M. Pattrin - 1-2, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Kylee Dingwall - 1-3

HILLCREST 001 0 - 1 0 2

B-E 30(13) X - 16 10 0

B-E PITCHING - Taylin Kramer - 4IP, 0H, 1R, 1ER, 6BB, 6SO

B-E OFFENSE - Dingwall - 1-2, BB, 2 runs, RBI; Kiley Lund - 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; M. Pattrin - 2-3, run, 3 RBI; B. Schaefer - 2-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Sydney Schaefer - 3-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI

Scores from Thursday, April 29

(Stats not available)

Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (3-8) 14, West Central Area (3-4) 9

WHN 11, WCA 9


New York Mills (4-3) 10, Parkers Prairie (4-2) 2

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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