Silver Bay got off to a hot start in the Section 7A playoffs, topping Nashwauk-Keewatin, Littlefork-Big Falls and Cherry over the last week, but lost to Carlton to drop into the loser's bracket in the double elimination tournament.
On May 24 at Braun Park in Cloquet, Silver Bay fell behind Nashwauk-Keewatin 3-1 after the third inning, but the Mariner bats came to life in the fourth inning, scoring four runs, including two RBIs from Everly Bauck and another from Jocelyn Russell.
Jessie Ketola hit a two-run home run in a four-run sixth inning to give pitcher Cora Carter a couple of insurance runs as Silver Bay cruised to a 10-3 win.
The Mariners faced off in the second game of the day against Carlton. After retiring the Bulldogs in order in the first inning, Ketola struck again with a two-RBI double to give Silver Bay a 2-0 lead heading into the third.
The Carlton defense proved to be too much, however, and Ketola would be the last Mariner to reach base until the seventh inning, when Hannah Thums would hit a single. Carlton scored three runs in the third inning, two in the fifth and added six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to run away with an 11-2 victory.
On Tuesday, May 29, in Cohasset, Silver Bay blasted Littlefork-Big Falls 10-0 in six innings, with Carter striking out four and allowing just three hits. Carter also did some damage with her bat, going 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
Silver Bay fell behind Cherry 1-0 early, but sophomore Megan Maxey erased the deficit with one swing of the bat, sending a ball over the outfield fence for a home run.
Carter was again solid pitching, allowing seven hits and striking out seven.
Silver Bay fell behind South Ridge 8-1 in the final game Tuesday, but rain interrupted play, forcing the teams to finish the game Thursday, May 31, at Braun Park. Results weren't available before press time.
The winner of the Silver Bay-South Ridge game faced Carlton for the Section 7A title and a berth in the state tournament.
Section 7A Tournament
Thursday, May 24
Silver Bay 10, Nashwauk-Keewatin 3
At Cloquet. WP: Cora Carter 5H, 4K, 2BB. SB: Jessie Ketola 3x4, 3RBIs; Everly Bauck 2x5, 2RBIs. NK: Korpi 2RBIs.
Carlton 11, Silver Bay 2
At Cloquet. WP: Brynne Mickle 7IP, 2R, 6H, 1BB. LP: Cora Carter 5IP, 5R, 8H, 3K. C: Taylor Nelson 2x3, 3RBIs, 3R; Alena Wallin 2x3, 3R. SB: Jessie Ketola 2B, 2RBIs.
Tuesday, May 29
Silver Bay 10, Littlefork-Big Falls 0, six innings
At Cohasset. WP: Cora Carter 6IP, 3H, 4K. SB: Carter 3x3, RBI, 2R; Megan Maxey 2x4, 2RBIs, 2 2B; Jocelyn Russell 3x4, 2R; Jessie Ketola 2x4, 2B, 2R.
Silver Bay 4, Cherry 2
At Cohasset. WP: Cora Carter 7IP, 11K, BB, 7H. LP: Laura Staples 7IP, 4R, 8H, 5K, 3BB. SB: Callie Klemmer 3x4, RBI; Megan Maxey 1x3, HR, 2R; Jessie Ketola 1x1, RBI.