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Lakes softball sweeps Baraga twinbill

Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Melissa Wagner (7) swings at a pitch against Baraga on Monday, May 10, 2021, in Lake Linden, Mich. (Eddie O’Neill/The Daily Mining Gazette)

LAKE LINDEN — After two weeks of COVID-19 quarantine, the Baraga Vikings softball team looked like a team that had lost some significant momentum as they took the field at the Boneyard on Monday for a double header against the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes.

The Vikings lost the first game 25-3 and the second 18-5.

“We had no practice or anything before today,” said Vikings head coach Joe Coronado. “We are coming in cold, and it showed. We had split with Calumet’s JV team and Ironwood before the shutdown, and now it seems we are starting all over.”

Baraga’s pitcher Cori Jahfetson started the game off with three walks to the Lakes in the top of the first and they all came home. An inning later it was 8-1 as the Vikings got one run in their half of the first.

A third inning plagued with errors by the Vikings and key hits by the Lakes led to seven more runs for the Lakes. The fourth and fifth innings looked quite similar to the third with the bats coming alive in the fourth especially as the Lakes hit through the lineup.

“Our hitters are coming around,” said Lakes head coach Curtis Kinnunen. “The girls are having fun.”

Game two looked a lot like the first with the Lakes continuing with their strong bats and consistent pitching.

In the third inning, the Lakes tallied five runs thanks in part to a single and double by Clara Colombe. An inning later they scored seven thanks to a number of walks.

Olivia Shank pitched a strong four innings with eight strikeouts for LL-H. Kara Kinnunen relieved her with four strikeouts. With the double-header sweep, the Lakes move to 5-5 on the season.

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