Temperatures were in the 30s and snow was falling, but the fields in Silver Bay were clear as the Mariners faced Cook County in the first softball game of the year on the North Shore.
"If the Twins are playing, we're playing," coach Mike Guzzo quipped.
Despite the cold and some defensive lapses, Silver Bay needed just five innings to top the Vikings 18-8. Senior Everly Bauck went 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in three runs, including two on a third-inning triple that gave the Mariners a 14-3 lead.
Silver Bay built its lead on an eight-run second inning, but allowed Cook County back into the game when the Mariners gave up five runs in the fourth inning.
Cook County had a hard time contending with the Mariners' potent lineup, which included four different players with at least two RBIs.
Senior Cora Carter picked up the win for Silver Bay, allowing six hits over three innings and three earned runs.
"Hopefully, we can shore up the defense a little bit, but overall, I'm pretty happy with it," Guzzo said. "We played some pretty good ball and it looks like we've got some good players and give Cook County credit - they had three or four good hitters that hit the ball pretty hard."
Silver Bay was scheduled to play Moose Lake-Willow River on Thursday, April 13. Results were unavailable by press time.
The Mariners are scheduled to host Two Harbors on Monday, April 16.
Silver Bay 18, Cook County 8 (5 innings)
WP: Cora Carter 3IP, 3ER, 6H, 4BB. SB: 8 runs scored in 2nd; Everly Bauck 4x4 (3B), 3RBIs; Jocelyn Russell 3x4, 2RBIs, 3R; Megan Maxey 4x4, 3RBIs; 3R; Jessie Ketola 2x2, 2RBIs, 2R; Callie Klemmer 2x3. CC: Alyssa Spry 2B, 2R; Hanna Borson 2B.