After both Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale and New York Mills opened the softball season under beautiful conditions on Tuesday, the weather for game two on Thursday was much more early spring-like.
Playing on one of the windiest days many players and fans could remember, the Eagles improved to 2-0 with a 9-6 win over the Raiders.
Not only was the wind causing problems for anyone trying to catch fly balls, but the ever-present dust storms made it difficult for the players, fans and even the umpires to see.
Both teams ignored the conditions and put two runs on the board in the first inning.
B-H/V added two runs in the top of the third and one more in the fifth to open up a 5-2 advantage.
New York Mills battled back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and then sent eight batters to the plate in a five-run sixth inning to take a 9-5 lead.
The Raiders rallied for one run in the top of the seventh and had the bases loaded with one out, but the Eagles' freshman pitcher Rhianna Roberts struck out the last two batters she faced to close the door.
Roberts allowed three earned runs on eight hits to gain the victory. She also struck out a total of nine and walked four.
Jordan Carr took the loss, holding New York Mills to just five hits while walking nine and striking out four.
At the plate, Roberts delivered a two-run single in the Eagles' big sixth inning and finished with two runs scored. Lydia Irons and Kaitlyn Kane also drove in a pair of runs for New York Mills.
For Verndale, Jordyn Glenz drove in three runs on three hits, while Sarah Moenkedick went 2-for 2 with one RBI and Sydney Weniger was 2-4 with a pair of run scoring doubles.