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July 22, 2018

5/11/2018 10:57:00 AM
North Branch softball loses first game to undefeated Rogers, bounces back

Rogers 4, North Branch 3
The Vikings unbeaten streak ended against Rogers in a game that pitted two teams with perfect records against each other.

Sam Pederson started for the Vikings and went all seven innings, giving up a season high in runs against what is a potent Rogers lineup.

On offense, Sophie Smith provided the big hit, a two RBI single that tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. But, Rogers reclaimed the lead in the top of the fourth with one run off Pederson. They added what proved to be a valuable insurance run in the top of the seventh inning when North Branch added a third run, but they couldn’t finish the comeback, dropping their first game of the year in what has been a brutal schedule so far.

North Branch 12, Grand Rapids 2
The Vikings rebounded in a big way, 10-runnning section foe Grand Rapids 12-2.

Kate Berg had four hits on offense, leading a potent charge for the Vikings. Liz Gladitsch, Macy Brodin and Cassie Sinn all had two RBIs for North Branch and Pederson got another win from the pitching bump.

Kristy Pilz pitched a couple relief innings for North Branch, getting some important game action.

North Branch 1, Monticello 0
The Vikings had a tough time dispatching a one-win Monticello team on Monday, May 7, but they got it done.

Pilz threw an absolute gem for North Branch, allowing just three hits and no runs in a complete game shut out. She matched Monticello’s starter out-for-out until Berg delivered an RBI single in the sixth inning to give North Branch the only run they would need.

The fast and furious schedule continues this week as the Vikings took on Cambridge-Isanti on back-to-back days on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then will play in a double header at Princeton against Cloquet and Princeton.

They have two huge games in a row after that. They’ll take on defending section 7AAA champion Hermantown up north on Saturday, May 12 before heading over to Chisago Lakes on Tuesday, May 15 to take on the county rival Wildcats in a battle of two teams who both only have one loss on the year.

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