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Softball: Mariners fall to hard-hitting Esko

Silver Bay freshman Hannah Thums takes a swing during the Mariners' game against Esko. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)1 / 3
Silver Bay's Maureen Dwyer takes a swing during the Mariners' 11-1 loss to Esko. Dwyer scored Silver Bay's only run in the top of the fifth inning. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)2 / 3
Silver Bay senior Callie Klemmer throws a pitch during the Mariners' 11-1 loss to Esko on Friday, April 5. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)3 / 3

Silver Bay senior Callie Klemmer had a pair of hits in the Mariners' season opener Friday, April 5 against Esko, but the Mariners fell 11-1 in five innings.

Klemmer was also solid on the mound against a loaded Eskomo lineup with four players that had at least two hits in the game. Klemmer pitched four innings, allowing six runs and striking out one.

Young players dominated from both the mound and at the plate for Esko, with sophomore pitcher Miranda Kelley allowing just one run over five innings and striking out four batters, while fellow sophomore Zoie Johnson was 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

In addition, freshman catcher Jayden Karppinen went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Esko.

The Eskomos looked to end the game after just 4.5 innings, but Silver Bay junior Maureen Dwyer scored on a hit by senior Jessie Ketola in the top of the fifth forcing Esko to bat in the bottom half of the inning.

Esko scored its 11th run quickly in the bottom of the fifth to close out the game and secure their first win of the season.

Klemmer was the only Mariner with multiple hits in the game, though the team had several hard hit balls that didn't drop for hits.

Silver Bay (0-1) is scheduled to play Ely at home at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 15.

Esko 11, Silver Bay 1, 5 innings

WP: Miranda Kelley 5IP, 1ER, 5H, 4K, BB. LP: Callie Klemmer 4IP, 6ER, K, 4BB. E: Zoie Johnson 4x4, 4RBIs; Jayden Karppinen 2x3, 2RBIs; Dea DeLeon 2x3, Sydney Hanson 2x3. SB: Maureen Dwyer R; Jessie Ketola RBI; Klemmer 2x3; Hope Ernest 1x3; Anna Thompson 1x2.

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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