Lizzy Bowman

Grand Rapids’ Lizzy Bowman delivers a pitch during a game against Bemidji Saturday.

The Grand Rapids softball team split games at a home invite Saturday. The Thunderhawks opened falling to Bemidji, 14-4, then defeated Princeton, 13-3, in the second game.

In the first game against the Lumberjacks, Bemidji opened up a 1-0 lead after the first inning. The Thunderhawks were able to tie the game in the second inning after Kaija Kinnunen reached on an error and came around to score on another Lumberjacks error.

Bemidji went in front 4-1 in the third inning on a three-run home run from Emma Stonoch.

Grand Rapids cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom half of the inning when a Kinnunen sacrifice drove in Lindsey Tulla.

In the fourth inning, Bemidji plated five runs to take a 9-2 lead.

Bemidji added a run in the fifth inning, then scored four more runs in the sixth inning to push the lead to 14-2.

Grand Rapids scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on an error and a sacrifice from Kaelyn Stephens for the 14-4 final.

Lindsey Rajala and Tulla each had a pair of hits.

In the second game, Grand Rapids had 11 hits. After taking a 4-2 lead in the third inning, the Thunderhawks put up six runs in the fourth inning to break the game open.

Tulla had three hits and drove in three runs. Emily Wochnick and Ana Carpenter each had two hits, while Carpenter and Stephens each had two RBIs.

On Friday, Grand Rapids won the Iron Range Conference tournament with wins over International Falls, 5-2, Hibbing, 7-0, and Greenway, 10-5, in the championship.

Ellie Tilma had two hits and an RBI against International Falls. Wochnick drove in two runs in the win over Hibbing. Tulla had three hits against Greenway. Wochnick, Rajala and Carpenter had two hits apiece and Hannah Kinnunen drove in three runs.

Grand Rapids (5-3) was at Greenway Tuesday, heads to Hermantown Thursday and hosts North Branch Friday.

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