|5/6/2022 10:58:00 AM|
Vikings double up on Princeton, crush St. Francis
North Branch 14, Princeton 1
North Branch jumped all over Princeton in the first game of their doubleheader on Tuesday, April 26, and then cruised to a victory before the mercy rule kicked in after the fifth inning.
It was a hit parade for the Vikings as they cranked out 17 hits in five innings, including multi-hit games from Kaytlin Hammond, MaKenna Runk, Peyton Verdon, Ava Sittlow and Maddie Helin.
The Vikings scored eight runs in the first inning and three in the second, jumping out to an 11-1 lead. They added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning and the Tigers went quietly in the bottom of the fifth as the game ended early.
In all of the impressive offensive performances, Helin’s was probably the best.
The senior captain centerfielders went two-for-four with two runs and five RBIs, including a first inning homerun.
Verdon and Sittlow each had three RBIs and Hammon had two.
Lydia Kuhlman got the start, giving normal starter Hannah Bernier a break, and she went five innings, scattering five hits and one run while striking out five Tigers.
North Branch 10, Princeton 3
The offense was still rolling in the second half of the Vikings’ doubleheader against Princeton. Helin, Runk and Kuhlman demolished the Tiger pitching, combining for eight hits, five runs and five RBIs in the contest.
Erin Pederson also knocked a triple into the gap with the bases loaded, doing a lot of damage with her lone hit. Sittlow collected another hit and a walk, scoring twice and knocking in two.
Bernier got the nod in this one, going seven innings and allowing eight hits and two earn runs. She struck out eight Princeton batters.
North Branch 10, St. Francis 2
The offensive explosion continued for North Branch when they hung up another 16 hits and 10 runs against St. Francis Thursday, April 28.
The Lady Vikes scored in bunches, with four in the second inning and five in the fourth before adding one more in the sixth.
When there are 16 hits sprayed out, there’s plenty of accolades to go around. Sittlow, Kuhlman, Runk, Pederson, Bernier and Hammond all had multi-hit games with Hammond going three-for-three and Runk going two-for-four with one run and two RBIs.
Bernier started for North Branch and tossed a complete game. She allowed three hits and one earned run with eight strikeouts.
The Vikings’ schedule is fast and furious because of all the early season cancellations. They played at Becker earlier this week and host Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday, May 5 before a four game stretch all on the road at Hermantown on May 6, Monticello on May 10 and a double header at Big Lake May 12.