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Photo by Brian Hansel Alicia Johnson, right, is welcomed home by her sister, Elizabeth, and other members of the Verndale softball team after hitting a home run last Thursday against New York Mills. The two clubs split a twinbill.

Johnson's jack all the Pirates needed

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Alicia Johnson hit her second round-tripper in two days Friday as Verndale topped Parkers Prairie 4-1 in a Park Region Conference showdown.

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Johnson jacked a two-run shot for the Pirates and went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Nicole Bart struck out seven while scattering eight hits.

The victory gave the Pirates a 14-3 record overall and improved their conference mark to 10-2.

Parkers Prairie 000 000 1 - 1 8 3

Verndale 000 040 x - 4 6 0

Nicole Bart and Alicia Johnson; Sari Noga and Morgan Flanagin

WP-Bart; LP-Noga

HR-A. Johnson (V)

New York Mills 2,

Verndale 1

A solo shot by Alicia Johnson in the bottom of the seventh accounted for the only run the Pirates scored off Steph Cichy in Game 1 of a doubleheader Thursday in Verndale.

Both pitchers surrendered only two hits. Bart struck out 11 and did not walk a batter in taking the loss. The Eagles scored solo runs in the fifth and seventh off four Verndale errors.

Verndale 6,

New York Mills 4

The Pirates snapped back from a tough 2-1 loss in the opener to gain a with Bryan Dunrud's Eagles in Thursday's doubleheader.

Alicia Johnson came up with Verndale's lone run off winner Steph Cichy when she homered.

Nicole Bart fanned seven and weathered 10 Mills hits in the nightcap. Rae Anna Salo, Nicole Neobosis and Kim Becker all went 2-for-4 in the loss.

Bart helped herself with a two-run single. The Pirates also got a two-run single from Crystal Haskin. Faith Kern scored twice.

Game 1

NYM 000 010 1 - 2 2 1

Verndale 000 000 1 - 1 2 4

Steph Cichy and Kristen Perala; Nicole Bart and Alicia Johnson

WP-Cichy; LP-Bart

HR-A. Johnson (V)

Game 2

Verndale 004 002 0 - 6 5 4

New York Mills 101 000 2 - 4 10 4

Bart and Johnson; Cichy and Perala

WP-Bart; LP-Cichy

Verndale 3,

Bertha-Hewitt 2

Alicia Johnson drove in the winning run with a sixth-inning double Tuesday at the Pirates nipped the Bears in a Park Region Conference showdown.

"This was a great high school softball game that came down to the end," said Verndale skipper Tim Seaton.

Verndale ace Nicole Bart gave up only three hits while fanning 10 batters. Jessica Finck surrendered just five hits in the loss.

Elizabeth Johnson scored twice and had three stolen bases. Crystal Haskin also had an RBI for the Pirates.

Bertha-Hewitt 100 010 0 - 2 3 0

Verndale 200 001 x - 3 5 1

Nicole Bart and Alicia Johnson; Jessica Finck and Paige Borst

WP-Bart; LP-Finck

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