Pirates rally to win home opener

Ellie Duncan awaits the throw at third in the win over Osceola Thursday.

GRANTSBURG—For the first time in years, the spring softball season got underway on the actual opening date, with the Grantsburg Pirates taking an exciting 14-12 victory over the visiting Osceola Chieftains Thursday evening.

The Pirates tallied 11 hits on the night, with three booming homeruns by Rylee Hoffman, Emma Quimby, and Brooke Quimby to seal the win.

Osceola jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, but the hometown girls rallied back to knot it up at 3-3 by the end of the second inning.

Grantsburg struggled defensively a bit in the top of the third, allowing four Chieftains to cross home plate. The Pirates answered with two runs in their half of the inning when Rachel Tooze singled, and later scored when Hoffman stepped to the plate and sent the ball sailing over the center field fence for the first homerun of the night.

The offensive battle continued as Osceola added two more runs in the top of the fourth to take a 9-5 lead.

Grantsburg answered again. Jenna McNally started things off with a walk, and this time it was Emma Quimby who sent a shot over the fence to score two and bring her team within two. Brooke Quimby pounded out a double to get into scoring position. Tooze walked, as did Hoffman. Jada Hecht pounded out a two-run single to tie the game at 9-9 at the end of four.

The Chieftains scored one in the top of the fifth to retake the lead. But it wouldn’t last long as the Pirates took their first lead of the game in their half of the inning when Susan Roberts reached on a single. She was followed by Brooke Quimby who cranked the ball over the fence for a two-run homer to put her Pirates up 11-10.

Grantsburg’s defense stood strong in the sixth to hold the lead. The Chiefs had the bases loaded with two outs when a batter hit a line drive that was caught by McNally in center field to end the inning.

The Pirates added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 14-10 lead, and then held Osceola to just two runs in the top half of the seventh to hang on to the 14-12 win.

For the game, cousins Emma and Brooke Quimby led the charge with three hits each followed by Hoffman with two. Roberts, Tooze, and Hecht had one hit apiece.

In the circle, Hoffman got the win. She pitched six innings, striking out six, and allowing seven hits. Savanna Trittelwitz threw for one inning, striking out one while allowing three hits.