The Lady Wolves 6-0 loss at Pine River-Backus Monday night came down to all the base runners left on base.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley finished the Section 5A playoff game with seven hits but stranded nine players with five in scoring position.
“Both teams played well, but we didn’t get the clutch hits like we have all season,” Coach Rich Majcin said.
Megan Benjamin gave up nine hits over six innings, walking one and striking out one. The Wolves did commit an error that led to one unearned run.
Defensively, the Tigers made some big plays to keep the Wolves off the scoreboard.
Ally Sea, who went 3-3, led off the game with a double off the fence, but she was stranded. Mackenzie Raddatz led off an inning with a single but was left at third.
In the fourth, Bailey Nornberg reached on a one-out double off the fence. She should have been able to score on Emma Deegan’s hard-hit ball that should have been an easy double down the third base line. The third baseman made a sensational back-handed grab and threw Deegan out to keep the Tigers ahead 1-0.
In the bottom half, Pine River scored three runs, including a two-run homer.
The Wolves also lined-out for a double play in the sixth.
Majcin said he was so happy with the season. “The girls came so far this year. To win the conference is a great accomplishment.”