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Section 7A softball: Bombers bounced by mistakes

CLOQUET -- While the Barnum softball team took some serious strides forward on the diamond this spring, it's been the Bombers' errors that have set them back.

Barnum's Katelyn Buell gets a hit during the Thursday, May 23, Section 7A playoff game against Mountain Iron-Buhl in Grand Rapids. Dave Harwig / Pine Journal
Barnum's Katelyn Buell gets a hit during the Thursday, May 23, Section 7A playoff game against Mountain Iron-Buhl in Grand Rapids. Dave Harwig / Pine Journal

CLOQUET - While the Barnum softball team took some serious strides forward on the diamond this spring, it's been the Bombers' errors that have set them back.

And with their backs against the walls earlier this week, mistakes didn't make things any easier. Four Barnum errors in the top of the first inning led to eight Silver Bay runs and the Mariners managed to stave off the battling Bombers 10-7 in a Section 7A softball elimination game Tuesday, May 28, at Braun Park in Cloquet.

Barnum beat Silver Bay 8-2 just nine days prior, but their handful of fielding miscues Tuesday took its toll. Bombers coach Dustin Collelo pulled freshman pitcher KayeLea Poirier for fellow Bomber classmate Mendota Castonguay, yet an eight-run deficit causes its difficulty.

"That's a tough hole to dig yourselves out of," said Collelo of the opening inning, taking nearly 30 minutes. "And against good teams, you just can't make mistakes."

Senior Jessie Ketola homered for Silver Bay, who was later eliminated by Cherry.

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And still, Barnum had opportunities to threaten the Mariners, but left runners stranded in scoring position early, along with the bases loaded later on. Sophomore Madison Warnygora and freshman Lacie O'Leary had a pair of RBIs each for the youth-filled Bombers, which finished the season 10-9.

"We clawed back," Collelo said. "They kept fighting - we just couldn't get that hit to get the lead."

Section 7A Playoffs

At Cloquet

Silver Bay 10, Barnum 7

WP: Danika Thompson. LP: KayeLea Poirier. SB: Jessie Ketola 2x5 (HR), 2RBIs; Callie Klemmer 2x5, 2RBIs.

B: Madison Warnygora 2RBIs; Lacie O'Leary 2x4, 2RBIs.

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Barnum's Mendota Castonguay swings the bat during the Thursday, May 23, 2019, Section 7A playoff game vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl.
Barnum's Mendota Castonguay swings the bat during the Thursday, May 23, Section 7A playoff game vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl. Dave Harwig / Pine Journal
Dave Harwig / Pine Journal

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