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12U softball: Mariner pitcher records no-hitter

Silver Bay's Hope Ernest makes a pitch during the Mariners' game Monday, July 2, against the Superior Lightning in Silver Bay. Ernest recorded a no-hitter in the 7-0 win. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)

Silver Bay’s Hope Ernest recorded a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 7-0 win for the Mariners over the Superior Lightning on Monday, July 2, in Silver Bay.

Silver Bay's Natalie Kaiser swings at a pitch. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)Ernest recorded a 13th strikeout in the four-inning tilt, but because of a dropped ball by the catcher on the third strike in the third inning, a Lightning runner reached base in the 12 and under (12U) game. She also struck out the first six batters she faced in the game.

Natalie Kaiser had a hit in the bottom of the second to help start a rally and put the Mariners’ Blue squad up for good.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Silver Bay White squad took to the field and looked for a sweep, but Lightning bats came to life without Ernest pitching. The Mariners fell 12-8 despite a late-inning rally.

The Mariner 12U program has enough players this summer to nearly field two squads — numbers that, along with Ernest’s pitching, bodes well for the Mariners varsity program in the future.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. 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 previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Silver Bay City Council and high school sports in Lake County. 

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