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Broncos’ girls fall, boys split

Todd Rose | Daily Press Bark River-Harris’ Lexi Berg steps well out of the batters box as teammate Lauren Zawada attempt to steal home Tuesday in Bark River. Menominee’s Mady Barker (15) tagged Zawada for the out.

BARK RIVER — The Menominee Maroons took both ends of a softball doubleheader (12-9, 9-5) Tuesday evening against the Bark River-Harris Broncos in Bark River.

The sweep was nearly a split for the Maroons. After being up by over 10 in the closing innings first game, Menominee began to falter as the Broncos scored nine runs. The Maroons held on for the win with Makayla Sinks going the distance on the mound.

“At the end there, the defense got a little shaky,” said Maroons coach Jim Berger of the first game. “(Sinks) hadn’t gone that far this year and probably hasn’t gone that far in her entire (career). She’s a junior, so I was letting her go as far as she could go. The defense didn’t help her at all.”

In the second game, the Maroons started Kamryn Olsen, but it was Mady Barker who was credited with the win and spent the majority of the game on the mound.

“(Kamryn) had hurt herself on a defensive play and then on an offensive play right away the next inning she hurt herself (again),” said Berger. “She couldn’t continue, so Mady, our shortstop, is also one of our pitchers. She came in a did a great job … She hit her first home run tonight, and so did Rylee Wickstrom in the first game hit her first career home run. So, it was kind of nice to see that.

Esther Oswald toed the rubber in game one for the Broncos while Olivia Erikson pitched the second game.

With a depleted roster, Broncos coach Paige Welch was happy with how the team performed.

“I’m really proud of the girls. We’ve had some tough teams we’ve been playing,” said Welch. “It’s going to be exciting to get our whole team back because we’re missing quite a few from quarantine, injuries, traveling and stuff like that.

“So, if we’re doing that with what we have here, I’m excited to get the rest of everyone back to regroup and finish off the second half of the season.

Welch added slow starts have not helped Bark River’s cause.

Defensively, Kassidy LaBay played a great game at shortstop snagging several pop flies and liners as well as scooping up ground balls and making the throw to get the out.

“I’m super, super, proud of Kassidy,” said Welch. “She did awesome at short. She usually doesn’t even play there. We just threw her there because we trust her, and we wanted and needed her there.”

Up next, the Broncos host Florence, Wis., while the Maroons head to Kingsford. Both of those contests are Thursday.

On the other Bark River diamond, the Broncos were hosting the Norway Knights in a baseball doubleheader.

Norway took the first game 2-1 in extra innings as Gannon Bray doubled to bring Chase Carlson in for the winning run.

Bray started the game on the mound for Norway and was relieved by Nolan Amundson — who earned the win — after five innings.

“Very proud of our kids tonight in game one,” said Knights coach Tony Adams. “At several points during the game, we could have lost our composure, but we hung tough and hopefully proved some things to ourselves.

“Bray and Amundson were very good on the mound, and we were able to manufacture enough runs to win the game.”

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