By Jason Groth
The Greenway Raider softball team was hoping to get back into the win column after its tough loss to the Deer River Warriors on Thursday afternoon when they renewed their rivalry with the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks.
Both teams were happy to get the opportunity to play and were hoping to get off to a fast start on the cold and dreary Thursday afternoon. However, it was the Thunderhawks that were able to get off to that fast start and never look back as they earned a 13-0 victory over the Raiders.
The Thunderhawks scored two in the first, two in the third and then broke it open with a five run fourth and a four run fifth en route to the victory.
Hannah Schmoll singled in the first and then scored on an RBI single by Sydney Denny to open the scoring. Denny eventually came around to score when Carli Haynes grounded out to make it 2-0.
The Raiders threatened in their half of the first inning but couldn’t come through. Ashleigh Troumbly singled to lead off the first inning. She swiped second and third, however, was left stranded when Bailey Kinnunen induced a hard hit fly ball to left that was caught off the bat of Seri Geisler.
Rylie Donahue sent the Thunderhawks down in order in the second, however, the Thunderhawks showed patience at the plate and were able to grind out strong at bats against the young thrower. Grand Rapids added two more on an RBI single by Lindsey Frazier that plated two runs.
Denny and Kayla Barrett added two-run doubles in the five-run, fourth inning for the Thunderhawks and Grand Rapids tacked on four more in the fifth to end the contest.
Bailey Kinnunen was strong on the hill for the Thunderhawks. She kept the Raiders off-balance throughout the contest in picking up a complete game, one-hit victory. Kinnunen struck out eight while walking one in the contest.
Donahue suffered the loss for Greenway. She allowed ten runs on nine hits while walking five and striking out one batter.
The Raiders now prepare for a very busy week with games against Cherry and Hibbing as well as participating in the Hibbing Tournament and the Iron Range Conference Tournament.