MARQUETTE - Karlie Patron might've been great at the plate, but she was perfect on the pitching rubber.
She led the Negaunee girls to a 26-1 victory over Marquette on Sunday in the Little League District 11 Minors Softball Tournament.
Patron not only knocked in four runs, but struck out every batter she faced as a pitcher, keeping her team alive in the tourney while eliminating Marquette.
In today's game at 6:30 p.m. at the Lions Field in Marquette Township, Negaunee faces Portage Lake, which lost a winner's bracket game to Baraga, 16-13, on Sunday.
Baraga, meanwhile, earned a spot in the championship round and only needs to win on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Those games are also set for 6:30 p.m. on the Lions Field.
Patron faced six batters and recorded six strikeouts over the first two innings. Reliever Skylar Hall took care of the final two innings for Negaunee and yielded no hits and three walks while fanning three.
While Marquette didn't have a hit, Ava Gillespie did record a stolen base while Sydney Lake and Calli Cromell reached base as hit batsmen.
Patron was 2 for 4, both hits doubles, and scored twice. Teammate Morgan Carlson was 2 for 3 with three runs and a stolen base, while Ally Ennett and Josie Thompson had got hits.
After not scoring in the first inning, Negaunee put up six runs in the second inning and 10 in each of the next two innings to end the game early. Twenty walks greatly aided the six-hit attack.
Paige Hendrickson took the pitching loss for Marquette, going 3innings and fanning four, while Rayna Warchock had one strikeout in her of an inning.
Baraga 16, PL 13
The lead changed three times as nine different Baraga players scored.
Baraga erased a 4-2 deficit with seven runs in the second inning only to see PL retake a 10-9 advantage with six in the top of third.
Baraga had the answer again, scoring five times in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good as the teams settled down in their scoring over the final three innings.
The winners needed just four hits as PL issued 20 walks. Winning pitcher Maija Rice not only went all six innings on the rubber, fanning 10 while allowing 12 hits and six walks, but she went 2 of 3 at the plate with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Teammate Taylor Sanregret doubled in her only official at-bat, collected an RBI, scored twice and stole two bases. Kailyn Voskuhl had a single, an RBI and scored two runs.
Other Baraga players scoring twice were Summer Dudo, Kylie Dompier, Madison Fish and Chloe LaForest.
Josie Connors was the third of three PL pitchers and absorbed the loss, going four innings. Teammates Raili Therrian and Daityn Markham each had three hits, while Payton Dube hit a homer.