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12U softball: Mariner pitcher records no-hitter

Silver Bay's Hope Ernest makes a pitch during the Mariners' game Monday, July 2, against the Superior Lightning in Silver Bay. Ernest recorded a no-hitter in the 7-0 win. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)

Silver Bay’s Hope Ernest recorded a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 7-0 win for the Mariners over the Superior Lightning on Monday, July 2, in Silver Bay.

Silver Bay's Natalie Kaiser swings at a pitch. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)Ernest recorded a 13th strikeout in the four-inning tilt, but because of a dropped ball by the catcher on the third strike in the third inning, a Lightning runner reached base in the 12 and under (12U) game. She also struck out the first six batters she faced in the game.

Natalie Kaiser had a hit in the bottom of the second to help start a rally and put the Mariners’ Blue squad up for good.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Silver Bay White squad took to the field and looked for a sweep, but Lightning bats came to life without Ernest pitching. The Mariners fell 12-8 despite a late-inning rally.

The Mariner 12U program has enough players this summer to nearly field two squads — numbers that, along with Ernest’s pitching, bodes well for the Mariners varsity program in the future.

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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