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Softball: Mariners and Agates split season series

Ayla Lemke was the starting pitcher for the Agates against Silver Bay on Monday in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)1 / 4
Silver Bay senior Brooke McMillen gets a hit during a game against Two Harbors on Monday in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)2 / 4
Two Harbors senior Tiffani Johnson throws the ball to first during a game against Two Harbors on Monday in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)3 / 4
Silver Bay freshman Megan Maxey catches a fly ball with the tip of her glove as she stumble forward during a game against Two Harbors on Monday in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)4 / 4

Lake County rivals, the Mariners and the Agates, played a home-and-away series in baseball and softball April 7 and Monday. In softball, the Agates won 5-4 in eight innings in Silver Bay and the Mariners won 13-9 in Two Harbors.

Ayla Lemke drove home Stephanie Williams with the winning run in the top of the eighth at Silver Bay. This came after the Mariners had scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 4-4. The Agates scored once in the first, twice in the fifth and once more in the sixth.

Lemke was the winning pitcher, going eight innings. She gave up one earned run on four hits. Cora Carter took the loss, giving up four earned runs on eight hits. Lemke went 3-for-4 at the plate and Williams was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Megan Maxey had a triple and an RBI for the Mariners.

The second game went back and forth in very cold and windy conditions, which made for an adventure on every fly ball and pop up. The teams combined for nine errors.

Each team matched the other with two runs in the second and third innings. The Agates took a 5-4 lead after four and the Mariners went ahead 6-5 after five. Each team scored four times in the sixth to make it 10-9 in favor of the Mariners. The Mariners added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh and held the Agates scoreless in their half of the inning for a final score of 13-9.

Carter picked up the win for the Mariners though she gave up nine runs on 13 hits, striking out eight and walking one.

Lemke gave up 13 runs on 14 hits to take the loss and she struck out six and walked three.

Brooke McMillen and Carter each went 3-for-5 for the Mariners. Kayla Kofstad and Jesse Ketola each added two hits. McMillen and Carter each scored three times with Jocelyn Russell, Klofstad and Everly Bauck each scoring twice. Klofstad drove in three runs and Carter, Ketola and Megan Maxey each drove in two.

Kaitlyn Underdale went 3-for-4 with a double for the Agates. Lemke, Maddy Homstad and Brenna Gelineau each contributed two hits. Lemke, Tori Bott and Gelineau each scored twice and Underdale led the team with three RBIs.

Lemke was really sharp pitching in the game in Silver Bay last week, but had trouble with control and her off-speed pitches in Two Harbors. Coach Chris Lemke was unsure if the cold weather gave his pitcher trouble gripping the ball, but errors hurt the Agates and extended innings in Two Harbors and a pair of errors sent the game to extra innings in Silver Bay. With six players unable to play right now, Two Harbors has several players adjusting to new positions and more playing time then they've experienced in the past.

Silver Bay had its own problems with the weather Monday and miscommunications in the field. McMillen and Russell collided going for a pop fly in shallow right center with two outs in the sixth inning and allowed two runs to score and led to a four-run inning that allowed Two Harbors back in the game.

Two Harbors fell to 3-1 this season and Silver Bay is now 3-2.

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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