Softball: Girls top Zimmerman

The Princeton girls softball team defeated Zimmerman Monday to put a positive spin on a five game streak that saw the girls taking it on the chin from played two conference opponents, a future conference opponent and a team from northern Minnesota over a four-day period — and the result was similar in each game.

The girls defeated Zimmerman 7-5, but lost to Milaca, Mora, Cloquet and North Branch and were outscored 37-8 along the way.

The girls have just two games left on the season after Tuesday’s game against Foley before heading into section playoff action: A double header against Cambridge-Isanti.


May 8, 2012
Milaca 8, Princeton 1

Milaca, a team that could be noted as the best team in the Granite Ridge Conference, beat Princeton 8–1 Tuesday, May 8.

Princeton struggled to be aggressive at the plate, scoring one run with only five hits throughout the game.

Kate Hanson, Samantha Hunn, Tylor Beard, and Renee Luedke all recorded one hit on the night. Princeton’s one run was by Haley Ostendorf who also had one hit in the game. Ostendorf finished the game with a .500 batting average.

Samantha Hanus started pitching for the Tigers and recorded six strikeouts with an ERA of 1.17.

“Hanus pitched another great game but our defense had lapses again,” said head coach Mandee Allen. “We just can’t keep the ball in the glove.”

The Tigers’ defense marked up four errors accounting for some of the runs scored by Milaca. The Tigers’ practices will focus on fundamentals and basics in hopes to cut down on errors.


May 10, 2012

Mora 13, Princeton 3

The Princeton Tiger softball team lost to the Mora Mustangs 13-3 in six innings on Thursday, May 10 at Mark Park. The Tigers’ loss was accounted for by their fielding errors and lack of aggressiveness at the plate.

The Tigers got off to a quick lead by scoring one run in the second inning. Kate Hanson led the Tigers’ offense with one run and two hits followed closely behind by Maggie McLaughlin with two hits on the night.

Katelyn Vickers, Samantha Hunn, Melissa Trunk, Renee Luedke and Samantha Hanus also all recorded one hit for the Tigers. Hanus, Trunk and K. Hanson were also the three Tigers to bat 1.000.

“We need to start hitting the ball with runners on. We did that a little bit tonight,” said head coach Mandee Allen. “We need to be more aggressive at the plate and out in the field.”

Samantha Hanus relieved starting pitcher Renee Bragg and went on to record one strikeout and finish the game with an ERA of 1.91. Errors and lack of hits again resulted in a loss for the Tigers.


May 11, 2012

Cloquet 5, Princeton 0

Princeton struggled to be aggressive at the plate against their first opponent, Cloquet, Friday night at Mark Park losing 5–0.

Eighth-grader Renee Bragg started pitching for Princeton and racked up a total of nine strikeouts with a 3.00 ERA.

“I’m happy with how she’s progressed,” said head coach Mandee Allen. “And we have four more years with her!”

Due to some fielding errors from the Tigers, Cloquet was able to drive in four quick runs in the first three innings. The Tiger defense held them at four runs through the seventh inning but was unable to create any offense.

Princeton’s only spark came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Cloquet pitcher Chandler Beaupre, walked Kate Hanson in the fourth inning. Samantha Hunn, up next, drove her ball through center field to advance Hanson to second base. Hunn’s hit marked Princeton’s only one of the game.

Beaupre then walked Samantha Hanus and loaded the bases for the Tigers’ next at bat Renee Bragg. Bragg flew out to Cloquet’s center fielder Kayla Masessa for the second out.

With two outs and the bases loaded for Princeton Haley Ostendorf took the plate. Ostendorf grounded out to Cloquet’s shortstop Dalyce Gustafson to earn their last out of the inning.

“Our defense played well but our hitting just wasn’t there,” said Allen.

The Tiger defense recorded only one fielding error throughout the game. Some memorable defensive plays coming from Tobi Turpen with two consecutive catches, recording two of the outs in the seventh inning and Renee Bragg recovering two consecutive bunts for outs in the sixth.


May 11, 2012

North Branch 11, Princeton 4

As the lights began to turn on over the field, so did Princeton’s offense against North Branch Friday night. Princeton would put up a fight but end up losing to the North Branch Vikings 11–4.

North Branch’s strong offense shot off to a quick lead scoring six runners in the first inning.

The Tiger offense came on strong just as the lights were turning on over the field in the third inning. Princeton’s Haley Ostendorf started a rally for the Tigers in the third inning hitting a ground ball to center and just beating out the throw at first to stay on base.

The Vikings’ left-handed pitcher Jennifer Huth walked Maggie McLaughlin and Katelyn Vickers to load the bases for Princeton.

Charity Hanson of Princeton then hit a line drive to center field scoring Ostendorf and McLaughlin and closing the gap between North Branch with a score of 6–2. Charity Hanson led the Tigers’ offense, scoring one run with two hits and two RBIs.

Kate Hanson, at the plate next, also crushed a line drive for a double, scoring Vickers and Charity Hanson. Kate Hanson also recorded two RBIs on the night with Princeton’s only double.

This was the closest the score would ever get in the game with the Vikings still leading 6–4. The Vikings slowly increased their lead, scoring five more runs in the last four innings of the game.

“Everything we worked on defensively in practice this week translated well into our game play,” said head coach Mandee Allen.

The Tigers finished the game with a total of seven hits and only recorded two errors throughout the night.


May 14, 2012

Princeton 7,

Zimmerman 5

The Tigers have been struggling for the past few games to put together an aggressive offense. Something changed in their swing against Zimmerman Monday night.

Princeton’s offense led the Tigers to a 7–5 win over the Zimmerman Thunder.

The Tigers’ offense marked up a total of 12 hits to Zimmerman’s six. Zimmerman took the lead in the third inning, scoring one runner. Princeton rallied by scoring three runs in the fourth to Zimmerman’s two.

Princeton trailed Zimmerman 5–4 going into the seventh inning until Princeton scored three more runners, taking the lead and eventually winning 7–5.

Kate Hanson led the Tiger offense, batting 1.000 in her three plate appearances on the night. She was followed close behind by Samantha Hunn who went three for four with an RBI. Haley Ostendorf rounded out the Princeton offense, going two for three with two RBIs.

“We hit the ball real well,” said head coach Mandee Allen.

Being aggressive at the plate is something the Tigers have been striving for these past few weeks. This win over Zimmerman marks the third game this season that Princeton has racked up more than ten hits in a game.

Princeton is now 4–14 this season and faces off against Cambridge-Isanti on the road on Friday.