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Off to a quick start: Gold Standard and Superior Service earn opening day wins

Josie Heinonen fires from the circle for Superior Service in a game against Superior National Bank on Wednesday at the Boneyard in Lake Linden. (Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette)

LAKE LINDEN — It was opening night for Copper Country women’s softball at the Boneyard on Wednesday. The opener saw Gold Standard earn a 5-2 win over JB’s Sales and Service. In the second game of the evening, Superior Service “mercied” Superior National Bank 11-1 in just five innings.

In the opener, Gold Standard got on the board first and never looked back. They tallied two runs in the first, one in the second and two more in the third. Those five runs were all the ladies in this 5-2 win.

“The girls hit the ball well, and Payton (Goldsworthy) pitched great,” stated coach Curtis Kinnunen.

Goldsworthy earned the win, striking out 10 JB’s batters along the way.

Swinging a big bat in the first inning was Ashlyn Steves and Goldsworthy, who both got hits and scored. Steves kept the hit parade going in the second with an RBI double which plated Jade Guilbault.

Gold Standard’s Lena Myhren swings away on Wednesday in a game against JB’s Sales and Service at the Boneyard in Lake Linden. (Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette)

In the third, walks to Lena Myhren and Goldsworthy set the stage for Jovie Daniels to earn some RBIs, and she came through with a hit up the middle.

JB’s two runs came in the fifth with Lucy Biekkola and Lexi Burns both scoring.

“All in all, it was a great team effort,” added Kinnunen. “I was pleased with the way the girls played.”

In the nightcap, Superior Service jumped out to a blazing start with six runs in the first after Superior National Bank had scored one in their opening at-bat.

Josie Heinonen earned the win on the mound keeping the Superior National Bank’s bats at bay after that one run.

Meanwhile, big hits from Laura Giachino, Isabelle Cleary and Reagan Moyle led to multiple RBIs for Superior Service.

Player-coach Raili Therrian summed up Superior Service’s effort the best.

“The girls were upbeat and excited for the start of the season,” she said. “Our bats were strong, and we had some big hits throughout the lineup. Josie’s pitching carried us on defense.”

While it was an OK start in the field, Superior National Bank’s player-coach Kim Aho said her squad needs to do better at the plate.

“I thought we did okay defensively, especially for a first game,” she stated. “However, we need to get on base more.”

UP NEXT

The ladies will be back at the Boneyard on Monday with a 5:45 p.m. game with Superior National Bank vs. JB’s Sales and Service. At 7:15 p.m., Gold Standard will take on the Tervo Agency. Both games will take place at the Boneyard.

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