Strong pitching from senior Hailee Gifford (15 strikeouts and one earned run in 16 innings) combined with a team .368 batting average and .847 OPS through two games led Anoka to wins against Centennial and Champlin Park.
Dayja Rosario and Sam Gardner had six hits a piece.
Pitcher Jessica Eppenberger gave up six runs on 10 hits as the Bengals opened the season with a 6-0 loss to Maple Grove April 26. Eppenberger also had the lone Blaine hit, but the team combined to strike out 13 times.
Blaine continued its season at the Shakopee Invitational April 27, going 1-2. Lakeville North handed the Bengals a 7-4 loss in the opener, while Amelia Luckow, Maya Johnson, Kalli Doyle and Abby Vogel each had two hits. Johnson had a double and drove in two runs.
The Bengals followed that with their first win of the season, 11-9 against Big Lake. Luckow went 4-4 with two doubles, scored three times and drove in four runs. Doyle was 3-4 and knocked in two more runs.
Bengals pitcher Kelsey Domngal had a complete game victory, giving up 10 hits, five earned runs and two walks with no strikeouts.
Blaine finished the tournament with a 3-2 loss against Spring Lake Park. Panthers pitcher Alex Reynolds earned the win and Maddy Iskierka went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Park Center dropped Blaine to 1-4 on the season with a 4-2 win April 30. Park Center scored twice in the fourth and seventh innings and the Bengals rally stopped at one run in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Domingal had three hits and drove in two runs to lead the Bengals bats, while Eppenberger struckout 10 but took the loss on the mound.
After starting the season 3-0, Andover took its first loss of the season May 2 against Anoka 6-5.
The Huskies opened the new season with a 1-0 win at Coon Rapids and followed that with a 3-2 win at Blaine April 29.
The Huskies offense exploded in a 9-6 win against St. Francis in the Andover home opener April 30.
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