12U softball: Mariner pitcher records no-hitter
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.
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.