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Patriots improve to 10-1 overall in softball

The Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team swept the visiting Staples-Motley Cardinals by scores of 5-0 and 6-1 in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader on Friday, May 10.

The sweep was a little revenge against the Cardinals, who upset the unbeaten Patriots 1-0 in the Subsection 6A playoffs last spring when S-M’s Megan Vetsch outpitched Pequot Lakes’ Katie White.

The two hurlers are both back this year, and they matched up in the first game on Friday. This time, White had the upper hand as the Patriots triumphed 5-0. White allowed just one hit, a second inning single, while striking out eight and walking four.

The Patriots, 10-1 overall, are scheduled to host a triangular on Thursday, May 16. Pequot Lakes will face Pine River-Backus at 2:30 p.m.; PR-B will face Pillager around 4 p.m.; and then the Patriots face Pillager around 5:30 p.m.

Pequot Lakes has clinched at least a tie for the Mid-State Conference title with a 9-1 record, and a doubleheader remaining at Perham at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, to end the regular season.

Through 11 games, White and Lindzee Johnson lead the Patriots with 18 RBI while White has a team-high .462 average. Other top averages are Kayla Miller .429, Barb Miller .410, Erin Rudbeck .400, Johnson .382, and Hannah Zimmerman .471.

Patriots sweep Staples-Motley

Pequot Lakes earned the sweep of the Cardinals when Lindzee Johnson pitched a complete game as she out dueled S-M’s Kelly Klein for a 6-1 win. The score was tied 1-1 after three innings, highlighted by White’s solo homer in the bottom of the first.

The Patriots grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Johnson, Rudbeck and Zimmerman all rapped singles. Pequot Lakes then added four runs in the fifth with the aid of three Cardinal errors and a two-run double by White. Wiebolt, White and Zimmerman each had two hits.

“Lindzee (Johnson) pitched well after the third inning,” Sergent said of the pitcher who allowed six of the nine hits against her in the first three innings. “We played excellent defense behind her with double plays in the sixth and seventh innings.”

The opener was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Patriots pushed accross three runs on a two-run single by White and an RBI hit by Kayla Miller. Pequot Lakes added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on singles by Becca Langer, Haley Wiebolt and White, and then a S-M error. Wiebolt, White, Kayla Miller and Langer each had two hits.

White retired 15 of the final 16 batters she faced before allowing a two-out walk in the seventh inning.

“Katie (White) pitched a great game, and we played errorless ball,” Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent said of the opener. “We really hit the ball in the fifth and sixth innings when we had seven of our nine hits.”

Patriots sweep Detroit Lakes

Pequot Lakes swept the Lakers by scores of 10-0 and 11-8 in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, May 7.

In the opener, the Patriots triumphed behind the no-hit pitching of Katie White, who struck out five hitters. The junior just missed a perfect game after allowing a fourth-inning walk. Pequot Lakes’ Lindzee Johnson save the no-hitter with a great defensive play for the third out in the fourth inning.

The Patriots’ offense was also sharp as Pequot Lakes pounded 15 hits off losing pitcher Emma McGuire.

White also pitched the second game, and the Lakers combined to score four runs on four hits against her, but Pequot Lakes scored nine times in the first two innings and held on for an 11-8 win. The Patriots had an 11-hit attack, led by Barb Miller with three hits and two RBI.

In the opener, Pequot Lakes grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning highlighted by Johnson’s two-run double. The Patriots added six runs in the second inning when Jessica Kreitz had a two-run double and Hannah Zimmerman delivered a two-run single. Kayla Miller later singled in another run. Kreitz and Rudbeck each had two hits.

“Katie (White) pitched a nice game for us, and we really hit the ball in the first two innings.” Said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent.

In the nightcap, the Lakers grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the first but the Patriots answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Pequot Lakes then took a 7-4 lead with four runs in the second highlighted by a two-run single by Haley Wiebolt.

The Lakers came back to tie it 7-7 in the third inning, but Pequot Lakes regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by White. The Patriots added two runs in the fourth on Barb Miller’s two-run double before adding an insurance run in the fifth.

Detroit Lakes loaded the bases on an error and two infield hits in the sixth, but White got a strikeout and the Lakers lined into a double play.

“(Detroit Lakes) is a good hitting team, and had a nice defensive infield,” Sergent said. “Katie (White) only allowed one run in the last four innings, and ended up with eight strikeouts.”

Miller had three hits and two RBI, Erin Rudbeck had two hits and three RBI; Haley Wiebolt had two hits and two RBI; and Kayla Miller had two hits. Pequot Lakes did commit five errors in the game.