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Patriots cruise past Long Prairie-GE

Patriot pitcher Taya Salminen throws to home in the first game of the Patriots doubleheader against Crosby-Ironton Tuesday, April 11.1 / 2
Dan Determan/Echo Journal Pequot third-baseman Alex Kotaska looks to corral a ground ball in the team's first game against Crosby-Ironton Tuesday, April 11.2 / 2

Alex Kotaska went 3-3 with a triple, two doubles, three RBI and four runs for the host Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team, which silenced the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder 19-0 in four innings on Thursday, April 13.

Taya Salminen ripped a pair of doubles while Karlie Trottier and Bre Sewall contributed singles for the Patriots, who finished the game early by the 15-run rule. Pequot Lakes also took advantage of 13 walks.

Salminen also picked up her third straight win on the mound by striking out six. She also has not walked a batter in the last three games.

The Patriots exploded for 13 runs in the opening inning. Trottier had two RBI singles in the inning while Kotaska contributed a two-run double, Bre Sewall had a two-run single, Chloe Deutsch added an RBI hit and Salminen had an RBI double.

Pequot Lakes added four more runs in the second inning, highlighted by an RBI single by Mariah Rickard and a triple by Kotaska. Salminen doubled in the final run to make it 19-0.

"Taya pitched a nice game for her third straight win," Patriots coach Bret Sergent said of Salminen. "She helped her cause with a couple doubles."

Pequot Lakes, 3-1 overall, was scheduled to face Perham on Tuesday, April 18, and then play at the Frazee Invitational on Saturday, April 22.

Long Prairie-GE 0 3 3

Pequot Lakes 19 12 1

(4 innings)

WP: Taya Salminen. LP: Tristen Marcyes. 2B: Salminen 2, Alex Kotaska 2. 3B: Kotaska.

Patriots sweep C-I

Salminen pitched two strong games to lead Pequot Lakes to a doubleheader sweep of Crosby-Ironton by scores of 11-1 and 18-0 on Tuesday, April 11.

In the 11-1 five-inning win in the opener, Salminen scattered seven hits and Kotaska was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs. The Rangers grabbed a 1-0 lead before the Patriots rallied with four runs in the bottom of the first inning as Kenzie Nelson, Kotaska and Ganley. Pequot Lakes added four more runs in the second inning on hits by Cassie Haman, Nelson, Trottier, Kotaska and Sewall.

In the nightcap, Deutsch went 2-2 with three RBI, four runs, a double and a homer over the left-field fence. Nelson went 4-4 with three RBI for the Patriots while teammate Clare Ganley finished 3-4 with three runs.

Pequot Lakes led 6-0 before exploding for 12 runs in the seventh inning. The rally featured a three-run homer by Deutsch and a bases-loaded double by Sewall.

"We played much better in the second game," Sergent said. "Taya (Salminen) pitched well, and we hit the ball well today."

Game 1

(5 innings)

Crosby-Ironton 1 7 2

Pequot Lakes 11 12 2

WP: Taya Salminen. LP: Mattie Kovatovich. 2B: PL-Karlie Trottier.

Game 2

Crosby-Ironton 0 5 3

Pequot Lakes 18 15 1

WP: Taya Salminen. LP: Emma Sanford. 2B: PL-Bre Sewall (2), Clare Ganley, Chloe Deutsch. HR: PL-Deutsch.

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