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SOFTBALL: Eagle girls chop down Lumberjacks

The Solon Springs Eagles softball team got its first win of the season with a 9-5 win over the Drummond Lumberjacks Monday evening at home. Each Solon Springs starter collected at least one hit, led by Leslie Zamzow and Liz Sickler with three apiece.

The Solon Springs Eagles softball team got its first win of the season with a 9-5 win over the Drummond Lumberjacks Monday evening at home.

Each Solon Springs starter collected at least one hit, led by Leslie Zamzow and Liz Sickler with three apiece. Rachel Hanley, Salann Gilbert and Alex Sickler each had two. 

Salann Gilbert delivered a two-run triple in the second inning as the Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

Ciara Gilbert made that lead stand, pitching a complete game. She allowed four earned-runs on five hits, while striking out seven.

EAGLE EXTRAS: Solon Springs (1-1) is at Mellen at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. ... Drummond is coached by Ben Swanson, Solon Springs' coach last year.

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Tigers 10, Bulldogs

Larissa Flint and Lindsey Garay combined to strike out 16 batters as the Northwestern Tigers softball team opened the season Monday with a 10-4 victory at Chetek.

The pitching duo also allowed four hits with two walks as the Tigers are 1-0 overall and in the Heart O' North Conference.

Offensively, the Tigers had 14 hits, including three each by Garay and Shelly Schneider, and two each by Flint, Anna Morgan and Kristina Korhonen.

Emily Christianson took the loss for the Bulldogs (1-1), finishing with 13 strikeouts and one walk.

Christianson also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.

The Tigers scored four times in the first inning on three hits, including a RBI single by Korhonen. In a four-run second inning, Flint hit a two-run triple and Morgan had a RBI single.

Northwestern's final two runs came on three singles in the fourth and Garay's RBI triple in the fifth.

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The Tigers are at Cumberland at 4:30 p.m. today and at Spooner for a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Evergreens 11, Cardinals 1

The Northwood girls softball team won its season opener with a 11-1 five-inning win over the Luck Cardinals Monday in Minong.

The Evergreens scored one run each in the first and second innings, two in the third inning and seven in the fifth.

Northwood had just five hits, but took advantage of nine walks and 13 stolen bases.

Taylor Fellbaum was 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Evergreens. Also getting hits were Erin O'Konek, Shauna Ruud and Ashlee Blegen.

"We played error-free defense and did a great job of running the bases, but we need to hit better," NHS coach Beth Block said.

Brenna Balcsik and Ashley Ericson pitched for Northwood, combining to strike out three and walked seven.

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Pilz and Lehmann had Luck's hits.

Northwood is at Shell Lake at 4:30 p.m. today and at Cameron at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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