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2 Miners to shine again: Negaunee’s Lammi, Carlson to play in MHSSCA All-Star Game

Negaunee head coach Randy Carlson, right, shares a moment with his daughter and Miners' player Morgan at the start of the sixth inning of the second game of their high school softball doubleheader against the Calumet Copper Kings on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at LaCombe Field in Negaunee. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)
Westwood's Meghan Marta, right, successfully steals second base as Negaunee shortstop Katelyn Lammi attempts to tag her out and the base going flying during their high school softball doubleheader played in National Mine on Monday, May 10, 2021. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)
Negaunee's Morgan Carlson, left, and teammate Kaitlyn Lammi laugh it up in the final inning of the second game of a high school softball doublheader against Calumet played Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at LaCombe Field in Negaunee. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

NEGAUNEE — Their high school careers may be over, but two Negaunee softball players will get one last chance to shine on the diamond this week.

Katelyn Lammi and Morgan Carlson have been selected to compete in the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association All-Star Game on Wednesday at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

Each is well deserving after they were selected First Team All-State.

Miners head coach Randy Carlson will also be coaching his players one last time as he’s one of the coaches on the Division 3 White Team.

A catcher-utility player, Lammi built up a reputation as a power threat at the plate as she batted .598 along with 13 homers with 68 RBIs last season.

“That’s pretty impressive,” Coach Carlson said. “That’s by far the most individual home runs I’ve ever had for a girl (on his team).

“I don’t know what the previous high was, but she definitely blew that out of the water.”

Carlson, on the other hand, is a first baseman and her stats were just as impressive, batting .448 with five homers and 54 RBIs.

With Carlson and Lammi leading the way, Negaunee made it to the MHSAA Division 3 regional finals, one game short of getting into the state quarterfinals for the third year in a row.

“Between her and Katelyn, they definitely RBI-wise, they had well over probably half of our overall RBI between the two of them,” Coach Carlson said.

Having two players make the All-Star game is also a great way to end what was another solid season for the Miners.

“It was a great run,” Randy Carlson said. “To have the record we did, you get a lot of contributions from players and it’s one of those things where it’s nice to see a couple of your players get recognized because I think the more success you have, the more you kind of get on the radar with some of the schools downstate.

“I think it was two years ago before COVID(-19), Peyton Drew was our first player to ever play in the all-star game. And now this year, having two girls named all-state and then being selected to the game, I think it’s a reflection of the whole program and all the girls.”

There will be four all-star games, one for each of the four MHSAA divisions with the Division 3 game set for 2:30 p.m.

The Division 1 game will start at 10 a.m. followed by the Division 2 game at noon and the Division 4 game will conclude the day at 4:30 p.m.

Ryan Stieg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.

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