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Softball: Lemke on a roll for Agates

Two Harbors senior Tiffani Johnson swings at a pitch during the Agates' loss last week to Esko. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)1 / 2
Two Harbors outfielder Maddi Homstad goes after a ground ball in the Agates 13-2 loss to Esko May 5 in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)2 / 2

Two Harbors senior Ayla Lemke found her groove over the last week pitching, recording two shutouts, 44 strikeouts and just five walks in a four game winning streak for the Agates.

On Wednesday against Cromwell, Lemke had 14 strikeouts and allowed just two hits in an 8-3 win over the Cardinals. Kate Thomasen had a home run and two RBIs and Brenna Gelineau had a pair of hits.

On Tuesday, Two Harbors blew out Cook County 15-0 in a shortened five inning game in Grand Marais. Lemke recorded eight strikeouts and allowed just three hits over five innings for the Agates. Grace Heitala had four hits and two RBIs and Tori Bott added a home run in the rout for Two Harbors.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Monday Lemke secured a place in the Minnesota state record books in her second shutout of the week by striking out 17 batters and walking none in a 5-0 win over Barnum in Two Harbors. Lemke and Thomasen each had a couple of RBIs and Tiffani Johnson had two hits.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Agates jumped out to a 7-0 lead over Eveleth-Gilbert, but the Golden Bears scored six unanswered runs over the final three innings before their comeback fell just short. Johnson had two more hits and two RBIs for Two Harbors.

On May 4, Johnson, a senior, got her first start as a pitcher for the Agates in a 13-2 loss against Esko. Lemke was a little sore from pitching another doubleheader the day before and took the field at shortstop instead of the mound. The Eskomos scored four in each of the first two innings and five in the fifth to shorten the game to just five innings.

Two Harbors (6-4) played Carlton Thursday, too late for the News-Chronicle's deadline, and will play Cook County at 4:15 p.m. today at Odegard Park in Two Harbors.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. 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 worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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