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The Pequot Lakes Patriots finally opened their season by winning six of their first seven games after sweeping a Mid-State Conference doubleheader at Wadena-Deer Creek by scores of 10-0 and 13-3 on Monday, May 6.

The Patriots’ Lindzee Johnson drove in nine runs in the wins over the Wolverines while teammate Katie White belted a grand slam in the second game.

The Patriots, 5-1 in the Mid-State and 6-1 overall, were scheduled to play Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, May 7, before hosting Staples-Motley in another Mid-State Conference doubleheader at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10.

Pequot Lakes opened the season with a 24-0 win over Walker-Hackensack on Tuesday, April 30. The Patriots then split with Park Rapids on Thursday, May 2 as they won the opener 10-1 before losing the nightcap 4-3. It was Pequot Lakes first regular season loss since the 2011 season. The Patriots bounced back by sweeping Crosby-Ironton 7-3 and 16-0 on Friday, May 3.

Patriots sweep W-DC

On Monday, Pequot Lakes banged out 15 hits and White tossed a shutout in a 10-0 win. White allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out five. Johnson, Kayla Miller, Jessica Kreiz, and Hannah Zimmerman each had three hits with Johnson scoring three runs and driving in six runs.

In the nightcap, White blasted a grand slam and drove in five runs. She finished 3-for-4 while Johnson and Haley Wiebolt each added two hits. Johnson was the winning pitcher, allowing just a triple in the first three innings while White allowed just two hits in pitching the final three innings.

“Katie (White) and Lindzee (Johnson) really pitched well, and we really hit the ball well with 27 hits in two games,” said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent, whose squad also had 10 doubles.

The Wolverines drop to 1-7 in the conference and 1-8 overall.

Patriots sweep C-I

On May 3, Pequot Lakes beat the Rangers 7-3 in the opener and then 16-0 in the nightcap behind a two-hitter by pitcher Lindzee Johnson and an 18-hit barrage led by a pair of home runs over the center field fence by White. The junior blasted a three-run shot in the third inning and added a two-run blast in the fourth.

The Patriots scored six times in both the second and third innings and added four runs in the fourth. White and Haley Wiebolt were each 3-for-3 while Emily, Wgeishofski, Barb Miller, Johnson and Madison Galligan each had two hits.

In the opener, the Patriots put away the opener with five runs in the second inning as Johnson and Maddy Galligan each clubbed doubles. Pequot Lakes added single runs in the third and fourth innings.

White was the winning pitcher as she scattered five hits and struck out 12 hitters and didn’t allow a walk. The Patriots combined for nine hits, including two each by Johnson and Hannah Zimmerman.

“Winning twice was a big confidence builder after we let one get away the day before at Park Rapids,” said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent. “Lindzee (Johnson) really pitched well, and we hit the ball well in the second game.”

Patriots, Panthers split

On May 2, visiting Pequot Lakes won the opener 10-1 as White tossed a two-hitter and struck out seven.

In the second game, the Patriots committed seven errors that led to four unearned runs while the offense stranded 14 runners in the 4-3 loss.

“We outhit them 11-4, but we just couldn’t come up with enough big hits,” Sergent said. “Our base running (mistakes) also cost us a couple of runs.”

In the opener, Jessica Kreitz and Johnson each had doubles while Kayla Miller tripled for Pequot Lakes. In the nightcap, White was 3-for-3 while both Zimmerman and Haley Wiebolt had two hits.

Patriots 24, W-HA 0

On April 30, Pequot Lakes opened the season with a convincing non-conference win over the Wolves as White tossed a two-hitter and struck out eight. The Patriots used 10 hits, 12 walks and five hit batters in the blowout.

Pequot Lakes, which enjoyed a 16-run fourth inning, was led by Miller and Erin Rudbeck with two hits each.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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