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Softball: Timely hitting lifts Lumberjacks

Cloquet’s Josie Steen (17) throws out a Superior runner in the fifth inning of the game at the Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Tuesday, May 7. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) 1 / 7
Cloquet's Lucy Sinkkonen winds up during a 7-6 win over North Branch on Friday, May 3. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)2 / 7
Cloquet's Amanda Paul pitches in relief for the Lumberjacks during a 7-6 win over North Branch. Paul didn't allow a hit and struck out two to pick up the win for Cloquet. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)3 / 7
Cloquet’s Brenna McClarey (19) throws out a Superior runner in the fifth inning of the game at the Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Tuesday, May 7. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) 4 / 7
Cloquet’s Olivia Diver (9) tags out Superior’s Kaylee Baker (20) in the fifth inning of the game at the Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Tuesday, May 7. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) 5 / 7
Cloquet’s Olivia Diver (9) waits for a throw as Superior’s Kaylee Baker (20) runs to second base in the fifth inning of the game at the Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Tuesday, May 7. Also in on the play is shortstop Kiana Bender (3). (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) 6 / 7
Cloquet's Kiana Bender swings the bat for a gamy-tying home run in the sixth inning Friday, May 3, at Braun Park. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)7 / 7

Cloquet batters came through with a win when it mattered in an eight-inning, 7-6 home win over North Branch on Friday, May 3.

The Lumberjacks found themselves down in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kiana Bender stepped to the plate. The junior shortstop connected on a pitch a little high in the strike zone and hit a home run to tie the game at 6-6.

Two innings later, senior Keagan Anderson hit an RBI single to win the game for the Lumberjacks.

Freshman pitcher Amanda Paul got the win for Cloquet, allowing no hits over the final two innings and striking out two in relief of starter Lucy Sinkkonen.

Spartans shut out Lumberjacks

Superior pitcher Mady Stariha vexed Cloquet hitters in a 3-0 win Tuesday, May 7, in Superior.

Lumberjack hitters managed just five hits over seven innings and Stariha struck out four batters.

Dana Jones hit a double, but it was the only extra base hit for Cloquet.

Pitcher Josie Steen pitched well, allowing just eight hits and two earned runs over seven innings.

Cloquet (10-2) is next scheduled to play at Princeton at 4 p.m. Friday, May 10.

Cloquet 7, North Branch 6, 8 innings

At Cloquet. WP: Amanda Paul 2.1IP, 0H, 2K. LP: Kristi Pilz. NB: Sophia Smith 2x4 (HR, 2B), 4RBIs; Pilz 2x4. C: Dana Jones 2x4 (3B), 2R; Kiana Bender 2x4 (HR), 2R; Olivia Diver 2x5 (2 2B); Keagan Anderson 2x4 (game-winning 1B).

Superior 3, Cloquet 0

At NBC Spartan Sports Complex. WP: Mady Stariha 7IP, 5H, 4K, 0BB. LP: Josie Steen 6IP, 3R (2ER), 8H, 2BB. C: Keagan Anderson 2x3. S: Stariha 3x3 (2B), R; Hailee Melgeorge 2B, RBI.

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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