Hatchets drop two close GNC games

Medford nipped the Hatchet softball team twice in the same day last Friday, winning 3-1 in the opener and 4-3 in 9 innings in the follower.
The Red Raiders tied the 2nd game in the 7th and answered a 9th-inning Tomahawk run with two.
“(This was) not only a tough loss but a disappointing one as well,” THS coach John Larson said.
Medford improved to 9-0 in the GNC and 10-1 overall with the wins. Tomahawk fell to 3-5 and 5-9. The Raiders did lose twice the next day.
The Hatchets took a 2-1 lead on Kacey Iwen’s 2-run single in the 5th, but Medford walked in the tying run with two outs in the 7th. Kendall Nelson’s RBI hit made it 3-2 in the 9th, but 3 walks and a hit gave Medford the 4-3 win.
Iwen (3-4, 2-2B, 2 RBI) and Nelson (2-5) helped THS reach 6 hits. Kaitlin Doughty (3 H, 9 W, 11 K, 4 R, 3 ER in 9I) took the loss.
The Hatchets took a 1-0 edge in the 2nd of the 1st game on Steph Schoone’s RBI hit, and had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs but 3 flies stranded them. Iwen and Nelson both doubled in the game and didn’t score.
Medford knotted it in the 3rd and scored two unearned runs in the 4th for the win.
Mallory Christainson (5 H, 1 W, 6 K, 3 R, 1 ER in 7 I) took the loss.
“Mallory pitched a great game,” Larson said. “Unfortunately, the defense struggled at times.”
Hurley helper
Tomahawk out-hit Hurley 10-2 last Tuesday, but edged the Midgets just 4-3.
“It was a great bounce-back win after a dismal tournament (the previous) Saturday,” Larson said. “Those early runs would prove to be enough as Mallory tossed a two-hitter and the Hatchet defense was solid.”
THS scored 1 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd for a 4-1 lead, then allowed just 2 in the 4th the rest of the way.
Zoie Zehner (4-4, 2-2B) led the attack.
Christianson (2 H, 4 W, 1 K, 3 R in 7 I) worked the win.

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