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Softball: Young Eskomos down Mariners

Esko's Zoie Johnson drives a ball to the outfield during an 11-1 season-opening win for the Eskomos. Johnson was 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the game. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)1 / 3
Esko freshman Jayden Karppinen takes a swing during an 11-1 win over Silver Bay on Friday, April 5. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)2 / 3
Esko's Miranda Kelley delivers a pitch during an 11-1 win over Silver Bay in the season opener. Kelley allowed one run and struck out four in five innings. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)3 / 3

Esko sophomore Zoie Johnson collected four hits and four RBIs to lead the Eskomos to an 11-1, five-inning win over Silver Bay at home Friday, April 5.

Young players dominated at the plate and from the mound for the Eskomos, with sophomore Miranda Kelley allowing just one run over five innings, while striking out four and walking just one batter.

In addition, freshman catcher Jayden Karppinen went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Esko.

The Eskomos looked to end the game after just 4.5 innings, but Silver Bay got its lone run across the plate in the top of the fifth, forcing Esko to bat in the bottom half of the inning.

Esko scored its 11th run quickly in the bottom of the fifth to close out the game and secure their first win of the season.

Esko (1-1) also lost to Virginia 4-0 in a weather-shortened game Monday, April 8. The team is next scheduled to host Hermantown at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12.

Esko 11, Silver Bay 1, 5 innings

WP: Miranda Kelley 5IP, 1ER, 5H, 4K, BB. E: Zoie Johnson 4x4, 4RBIs; Dea DeLeon 2x3; Sydney Hanson 2x3; Jayden Karppinen 2x3, 2RBIs. SB: Callie Klemmer 2H.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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