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Westwood graduate Karlie Patron, Ishpeming grad Korey Kaukola star for Bay College softball in 6-game odyssey in Wisconsin

ESCANABA — The Bay College softball team had a relatively successful weekend in Wisconsin, playing back-to-back-to-back doubleheaders in two cities and pulling off a 3-3 split of the games.

Marquette County players Karlie Patron, a Westwood High School graduate who is a freshman at Bay, and Korey Kaukola, an Ishpeming High grad who is a Norse sophomore, each played key roles in every game for Bay, which now has an 8-16 record.

The Norse are scheduled to play their home opener this afternoon, facing Upper Peninsula rival Gogebic Community College in a doubleheader at 4 and 6 p.m.

Here is a rundown of the games in Wisconsin, day by day:

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Bay splits Friday

The Norse won the opener 7-5 over Milwaukee Area Technical College before falling in the nightcap 10-7 in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Patron pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and two walks as she struck out six.

In the third, she got out of a bases-loaded jam with one out, allowing just one run and getting the final two batters to pop out, and in the seventh, she put the Stormers down 1-2-3 to preserve the victory.

With the score tied 5-5, Kaukola hit a solo home run to rightfield in the top of the seventh to give Bay the lead for good.

In Game 2, Kaukola was the starting pitcher and took the loss before giving way to Patron, who hurled five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while fanning five.

After MATC took a 10-3 lead in the second, the Norse clawed back. Kaukola scored the final run for Bay in the bottom of the second to get it to 10-6.

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Bay sweeps Saturday

In a rematch with MATC (5-9) back in Mequon, the Norse won both ends of the doubleheader 4-0 and 9-5.

Details weren’t available on the opener, but Patron went the distance in the nightcap, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and two walks as she struck out six. The Norse defense committed three errors.

Kaukola doubled home a run in Bay’s four-run first inning, which became 7-0 in the fourth.

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Bay felled in West Allis on Sunday

Bryant & Stratton (17-9) swept Bay in a Sunday doubleheader 13-1 and 9-0.

Kaukola started for the Norse in the opener, and after getting through a disastrous 13-run first inning, pitched three scoreless innings.

In Game 2, Patron allowed just two earned runs as she fanned two.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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