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Sports Roundup: Mariners softball starts strong

Pitcher Madison Olson of Two Harbors has struck out 31 batters in her last two games. File photo

The Silver Bay softball team defeated Cromwell 16-2 in five innings at home Thursday to up their overall season record to 2-1 and evened their conference mark at 1-1.

The game had weather that was barely above freezing along with a nice wind off the lake. The Cardinals were done in by their inability to put the ball over the plate as they walked 16 Mariner batters and six of those scored. The Mariners reached base nine times via a hit.

After a scoreless first inning, Cromwell took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when a Cardinal doubled in a run and was then thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. The Mariners responded by sending 15 batters to the plate in their half of the inning and scored nine times. The highlight of the inning came when Marina Carter doubled over the left fielder's head with the bases loaded to clear the bases. She scored herself on an error on the play.

Nikki Babbitt lead off the third with a single and scored to make it 10-1 Bay after three. The Mariners scored six more times in the fourth as they once more batted around the order.

Shay Viola, Taylor Guzzo, and Carter each finished the game with two hits. Katie Smedstad and Babbitt each scored three times, with every Mariner starter scoring at least once.

Carter led the team with four RBIs and Guzzo and Jessica Hipple each added two more. Guzzo picked up the victory as she struck out eight Cardinals and gave up six hits, while walking two.

The Mariners game against AlBrook Friday was cancelled due to cold weather. A make-up date hasn't been set yet.

The Mariners game against Mesabi East Monday was cancelled and rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. May 2 at home.

The Mariners won their third game in four tries with a 15-7 home victory over the Proctor Rails Tuesday. The Rails led 3-2 after the top of the second, but the Mariners scored four times in their half of the second and never trailed again.

Babbitt went the distance on the mound to pick up the victory. She gave up seven runs on eight hits. She reached base four times via two hits, a walk, and an error, scoring four times. Guzzo went 3-for-5 as she drove in two in the first with a home run, one in the second with a single, and two more in the third with another single. Hipple scored three times with Viola, Rebecca Dilley and Guzzo each scoring twice. Carter and Jessalyn Rowlee also had a multi-hit night, with Carter driving in three runs and Babbitt and Rowlee each knocked in two.

The Mariners will be at Ely at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Two Harbors softball

The Two Harbors softball team topped Moose Lake/

Willow River at home Thursday 10-0 in five innings.

Madison Olson got the win for the Agates striking out 13 allowing one hit. At the plate, Sasha Fjeran had two hits with two RBIs and three runs, while Marissa Engelson had two RBIs, as did Abby Cable. Hailey Clark had a double for Two Harbors.

The Agates game at Ely Saturday was postponed due to snow. No make-up date has been set. The team's game at Eveleth-Gilbert Monday was also postponed due to poor field conditions. No make-up date for the game has been set either.

The Agates lost 1-0 in 10 innings at Carlton Tuesday. Olson pitched all 10 innings striking out 18.

The Agates will be at Virginia at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Two Harbors baseball

The Two Harbors baseball team lost at Moose Lake/Willow River 10-9 Thursday.

The Rebels won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run double to overtake the Agates lead.

Tim Bott was one of the top hitters for Two Harbors with two hits.

The Agates game Saturday at Ely was postponed due to snow. No make-up date has been set yet.

The Agates won at Carlton Tuesday 9-7. The Bulldogs took the lead 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth and the Agates came back with five runs in the top of the seventh to take the win.

Mark Pearson got the win for the Agates. Bill Sell had two doubles and four RBIs while Jesse Omtvedt had two hits.

The Agates will be at McGregor at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Silver Bay baseball

The Mariners game against AlBrook Friday was cancelled due to cold weather. A make-up date hasn't been set yet.

The Mariners will host Floodwood at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Silver Bay track

The Silver Bay track team competed at McGregor last Tuesday.

The 3,200 meter boys relay team placed second as did the 4x400-meter boys relay team. The boys 4x100-meter relay finished fourth. Hank Bemlott finished second in the 110-meter hurdles and Kyle Blood was third in the 400-meter dash.

Blood also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash. Luke Thun was third in the 3,200-meter run and Baruch Fischer finished third in the shot put and fourth in discus.

Abby Michels won the 100-meters and also placed fourth in the 400-meters. Sam Anderson won the 3,200-meters. As for relays, the 4x200 was fourth and 4x100 was fifth.

The team's next meet will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Two Harbors.

Two Harbors track

The Two Harbors track team's meet Saturday at Cannon Falls was cancelled due to cold weather. The team's next meet will be at home vs. regional opponents at 4 p.m. Tuesday.