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Carlton falls 10-0 to Nashwauk-Keewatin

Plagued by sloppy defense and quiet bats, the Carlton Bulldogs were drubbed by Nashwauk-Keewatin 10-0 in a five-inning, mercy rule Section 7A quarterfinal contest last Thursday afternoon at Braun Park in Cloquet.

Plagued by sloppy defense and quiet bats, the Carlton Bulldogs were drubbed by Nashwauk-Keewatin 10-0 in a five-inning, mercy rule Section 7A quarterfinal contest last Thursday afternoon at Braun Park in Cloquet.

"I don't know what happened," recalled Carlton coach Brooke Lee. "Afterwards, I just kind of blocked that one out of my memory. It was pretty bad."

The Bulldogs battled early, but their defeat came quickly after the Spartans broke open the contest.

"Losing is always tough, but losing like that made it so much worse," said Lee. "It was just very disappointing because we didn't show how good of a team we really are."

The Bulldogs (10-8), who scored 22 runs in their first round victory over Cook County last Tuesday, were held to just a pair of hits against Nashwauk-Keewatin. It was one of their lowest totals of the season.

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"We had a lot of errors," said Lee. "And we didn't hit, either. We just didn't give ourselves a chance."

Leading Carlton at the plate was sophomore Megan Nelson and freshman Clarissa Nelson, who each had a pair of hits.

Lee explained the disappointing loss took a toll on her girls after the Bulldogs lost to the Spartans 2-1 less than two weeks earlier.

"The girls were definitely disappointed after the game because they knew that they could play with that team," she said. "It just wasn't the way we wanted to go out, and that's tough to take."

Nonetheless, Lee told her girls to keep their heads up.

"I'm very proud of these girls," said Lee. "They always want to play and get better and they all grew a lot over the season. And that makes me happy."

Lee will lose just two seniors to graduation - Melissa Clark and Jane Butler.

"We still have a lot of young kids coming back next year who just enjoy the game," said Lee, "and they have a lot of potential.

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"Now we're looking forward to summer ball," she continued. "It should be a lot of fun for all of us."

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