Two Harbors' Emily Olson hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning that started a three-run rally to cut into a seven-run South Ridge lead, but the Panthers answered with a seven-run fifth inning and cruised to a 17-6 win in five innings.
Two Harbors had one of it's better offensive outings of the season with four players getting multiple hits. Olson, Kate Thomasen, Tori Bott and Jasmine Heikkila all went 2-for-3 in the game. Heikkila was the only one of the four to finish without an RBI, but a timely hit in the fourth inning kept the rally going and helped close the gap with South Ridge.
The Agates' trouble this season has been as much with its pitching as its hitting or fielding. Olson allowed 10 runs and struck out three over four innings and Heikkila allowed seven runs in her inning of work in only her second appearance this season.
The two players are both seeing action from the pitcher's mound this season, but neither had thrown a varsity pitch prior to 2018 and occasionally, the inexperience shows with ill-timed walks or a wild pitch. Heikkila, an eighth-grader, and Olson have both struggled with control early in the season, but with every pitch the pair are gaining valuable confidence and command of the strike zone.
Two Harbors is one of the youngest teams in the area after losing seven players to graduation.
The Agates (1-5) may take some lumps this year, but senior catcher Brenna Gelineau is guiding her young pitchers as they learn on the fly. The wins may not pile up in 2018, but there is talent on the team and as the team develops the Agates could be a dangerous team in 2019 and beyond.