The North Branch softball team had its season put to an end last week by Chisago Lakes whose No. 6 seeded Wildcats mauled the Vikings 10-4 in the first round of Section 7AAA play.
North Branch, the No. 11 seed, opened the scoring in the top of the first when Emily Trunk led off with a single, was bunted over to second by Mikayla Carlson, reached third on a ground out and scored on a Chisago Lakes error on a ball put in play by Kari Berggren.
The Wildcats jumped on the Vikings for six runs in the bottom of the first.
North Branch got two back in the third when Trunk and Sydney Mueller reached on singles, and advanced on a passed ball and both scored on a single by Berggren.
The Wildcats made it 7-3 in the fourth.
North Branch scored one in the fifth on a leadoff single by Carlson who scored on a throwing error by the Wildcats on a ground ball off the bat of Berggren.
Chisago Lakes capped the scoring in the sixth getting three more runs.
Junior Kaylee Lofboom took the loss for the Vikings. She went all six innings striking out five and walking two.
North Branch had four runs, seven hits and no errors, while Chisago Lakes had 10 runs, 16 hits and two errors.
“This game had a similar pattern to the other two games with Chisago,” said coach Ron Trunk. “We fell behind early, made a little run, but in the end could not find a way to win. (Our) six seniors, Kari Berggren, Erin Kvam, Sydney Mueller, Meagan Rollins, Clarie Peltier and Emily Trunk, played their last game today, and we will really miss their leadership next year.”
The North Branch girls softball team finished the season at 5-6 in the North Suburban Conference and 8-9 overall.