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Agates top Proctor off Williams' walkoff

Two Harbors senior Stephanie Williams had a pair of home runs, including a walk-off two-run home run to lift the Agates to a 6-5 win over Proctor Tuesday in Two Harbors.

Williams started the game with a towering shot over the fence in left center field. Later, with the Agates down to their last three outs and trailing 5-4 with a runner on base, Williams hit her second home run of the day over the left center fence and lifted the Agates to a 6-5 victory. For the game, Williams was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and a stolen base.

Ayla Lemke was solid pitching for Two Harbors, striking out six Rails players and also recording a pair of hits. While Lemke was strong pitching, the Agates' fielding almost cost them the game, allowing three errors in the game.

On April 7 against Ely, Ayla Lemke struck out 10 and had two more hits in a 5-1 win over the Timberwolves. In addition to Lemke, Tori Bott and Olivia Kempfert each had a pair of hits for Two Harbors.

While the season has started with a pair of wins, Two Harbors is already dealing with serious injury problems. Brianna McGrath, Emily Olson and Katie Archer are all three out for the remainder of the season with knee injuries and Kim Ferrari just underwent season-ending hip surgery. Making matters worse, junior Carina Hebl is dealing with microfractures in her foot and Grace Hietala is expected to miss most of the season with an illness.

"We are now in a position where our girls with little or no varsity experience need to play key roles on the team," Two Harbors coach Chris Lemke said. "If we keep this up, we will have more girls sitting on the bench then playing on the field. Morale is still high as the leaders on the team have created a loving and fun atmosphere, whether playing or not they have made being on the team an enjoyable experience."

Baseball falls to Ely

Two Harbors senior Easton Best struck out nine batters over four and a third innings, but the Agates had trouble scoring and produced only one run in a 4-1 loss to Ely April 7.

"We did not play well defensively behind Best," Two Harbors coach Jeff Adams said. "He pitched well enough to earn the win."

Bret Olson struck out three in relief of Best and Tim Luoma was 2-for-3 with the Agates lone RBI.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Lake Superior School District board of education and high school sports in Lake County. 

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