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Bayside Chatter: Polar League All Star games, the last for me

This is going to be the final Bayside Chatter as I am retiring from announcing and reporting. I'll still be around, but in the role as a fan. I'd like to thank the coaches, athletic directors, managers, players, parents and fans who provided me with stats and information over the years. Lastly, I'd like to thank the News-Chronicle for allowing me to be a part of their paper for over 20 years.

The last event I went to was the Polar League All Star games for softball and baseball at Wade Field and Wade Stadium Tuesday. The Mariners in the softball game were victorious along with Moose Lake, Cook County, Esko and South Ridge over the Agates, Barnum, Carlton, McGregor, Cromwell and Floodwood by a score of 12-5.

For the Mariners, Kayla Klofstad had a double and scored twice. Cora Carter was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Everly Bauck went 1-for-2.

For their opponents almost all of the offense came from Two Harbors. Ayla Lemke went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and scored three times. Stephanie Williams went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored the other two runs. They went back to back with home runs in the fourth inning.

Carter, Lemke and Bauck all got some time on the mound. Shelbey Kelley of McGregor took the loss and Celia Olesiak of South Ridge got the win. Lemke threw three innings and gave up three unearned runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Carter also went three innings and gave up two runs on three hits. Bauck gave up two runs on three singles in an inning on the mound.

In the baseball game the players were split up between the two teams with the three Mariners all playing for coach Ward Wallin. Their team fell 7-4 when their opponents scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to break up a tie contest.

For the Mariners, Nick Perfetto went 1-for-2 with a walk and Jason Blood was 0-for-2 with a walk. Ero Wallin went 0-for-3. For the Agates, Tim Luoma was 1-for-3 with a double and a run and Keller Conrow and Easton Best each went 0-for-3. Conrow was the losing pitcher and Mark Lisic of South Ridge picked up the win.

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