Patriots sweep Yellowjackets
It was a tale of two games Friday when Pequot Lakes faced Perham for a softball doubleheader in conditions that worsened as the day wore on.
Winds gusting over 40 mph sent dust devils from the infield into the faces of players, the umps and the bundled up fans in the stands.
Pequot Lakes swept the Yellowjackets in a late inning nail biter 4-3 and put up six more than Perham in a 16-10 runs scoring nightcap.
The Patriots starting pitcher Kayla Wangen kept the Yellowjackets at bay in game one allowing only one run going into the last inning with a 4-1 lead.
The one run the Yellowjackets had on the board came by way of Natalie Wierbos' inside-the-park home run in the third inning.
Brita Sundberg led off last at-bats reaching on a hit-by-pitch. A short pop-up by Lauren Guck, aided by the gusting wind, eluded Wangen putting runners on first and second.
Wangen struck out Olivia Stoll and got leadoff batter Steph Miller to fly to center to record the first two outs.
Ashley Silbernagel walked to load the bases and Wierbos came through with a two-out single cutting the lead to 4-3.
Wangen recored the complete game victory after getting Etta Scheidecker to pop to shortstop to end the Yellowjacket threat and the game.
Pequot Lakes scored their runs one at a time in the first and second innings and added a pair in the fourth.
In the nightcap with the wind somehow growing stronger as the game ensued, the Patriots outscored Perham 16-10.
An early 4-0 Perham lead dissipated as the Patriots came back with three runs in the second and one in the third.
A Rachael Langers two-run homer highlighted a four-run fourth inning.
The Yellowjackets stormed back scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 9-4 lead.
The Patriots went ahead for good in the next inning scoring three runs with 3 runs.
Wangen returned to the rubber relieving winning pitcher Lindzee Johnson in the fifth inning to pick up the save.