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Patriots clip Blue Jays, 5-2

Goodman-Pembine to begin tournament play Monday

(Matt McCarthy/Daily News photos) Goodman-Pembine Senior pitcher Kalen Berger winds up to throw a pitch during a Northern Lakes Conference game versus Three Lakes on Tuesday evening at Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine High School.

PEMBINE, Wis. — Senior pitcher Kalen Berger mowed down 14 batters, and senior shortstop Katelyn Nelson blasted a three-run home run in the first inning as Goodman-Pembine defeated Northern Lakes Conference foe Three Lakes 5-2 on Tuesday at Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine High School.

Nelson’s second home run of the season scored lead-off hitter Kali Erickson, who drew a walk, and third baseman Grace Massey, who singled.

Nelson also belted a triple to the left field corner late in the game but injured her ankle on the slide and left the game.

“Our bats were quiet today. We usually get 14 or 15 hits every game,” said Patriots head coach Ryan Berger. “We were rusty tonight from not playing many games the last two weeks, only playing one.”

Berger, allowed four hits, one walk and two runs, with only one earned. The Lady Patriots ace pitched a complete game of seven innings.

Goodman-Pembine catcher Kali Erickson swings at a pitch during a Northern Lakes Conference game versus Three Lakes on Tuesday evening at Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine High School.

G-P first basemen Sierra Dettman, who cracked an RBI double, finished with two hits on the evening.

Coach Berger noted that Nelson is the Patriots’ best hitter and any lasting injury would hamper the team going into the post season.

The No. 4-seeded Patriots, who finish the regular season at 8-4 with the win, remain home to prepare for their first WIAA regional game Monday as they host No. 5 seed St. Thomas Aquinas from the Marinette-Oconto Conference. Game time is to be determined.

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