PL Minors fall, Baraga in title game

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP -The Portage Lake Minors Softball team was on the wrong end of a no-hitter in an elimination game against Negaunee Monday night in the District 11 tournament.

Karlie Patron, who struck out all six batters she faced in a 26-1 no-hit win Saturday over Marquette, was dominant once again. She struck out 11 of the 12 PL batters she faced Monday, needing just 48 pitches to do so, leading Negaunee to a 10-0 win at Lions Field.

Patron also had three RBIs on the offensive end, including a second-inning double, as Payton Dube took the loss for Portage Lake, surrendering five hits in the process. Dube went the distance on the mound in a 12-8 win Saturday to put PL in Monday’s elimination game, including 14 strikeouts.

Negaunee, coming off its two consecutive no-hitters, will need two more consecutive wins against Baraga for the right to advance to the state championship tournament.

Baraga made its way into the title game of the double-elimination tournament with a back-and-forth 16-13 win Saturday over Portage Lake, despite being out-hit 12-4.

In that game, in which the lead changed three times, all nine players in Baraga’s lineup scored at least one run, with Maija Rice being the only Baraga player with two hits. Daityn Markham and Raili Therrian each had three hits in defeat, as Rice also earned the win on the mound, registering 10 strikeouts in six innings.