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WELLS — The Bay College bats were much hotter than the weather here Sunday in a 21-0 rout of Gogebic Community College in Game 2 of a softball doubleheader.

The Norse also won the first match 10-0. Both were decided in five innings.

Bay (27-15) had 18 of 26 hits in the last drink, including two home runs in Game 1 and four in Game 2 on a cool, cloudy afternoon.

“Our girls work a lot on technique and they try to drive the ball” Bay coach Ross Rahoi said. “Our four pitchers threw very well. It was a cold day, but a good day for us.

Lexi Kacalo’s two-run homer to center field gave the Norses a six-point cushion in the opening frame of Game 2, and Natalie Bélanger’s three-run shot to center made it 9-0 in second.

Ellie Miller added a first left homer to make it 11-0 in the fourth.

Bélanger finished with three hits and five RBIs, including two home runs. She also had a two-point shot to the right in the fourth.

Alexis Berg had two hits and drove in three runs. Wynn, Miller and Rachael Winkel had two hits and two RBIs each and Avery Sorochan had a pair of hits.

Winkel, Brooke Gagnon and Jamison Ness combined on a double. They took out nine and walked two.

Bay took a 1-0 lead on a cross single from Allison Podhaniuk in the second inning of Game 1.

Kacalo ripped a Grand Slam homer on the left in the fourth for a six-point advantage, and Sorochan’s brace on the right made it 7-0.

The contest ended with a three-point shot from Kacalo in the seventh.

Bay had eight hits, including two each by Sorochan and Kacalo, who finished with seven RBIs.

“Our pitcher and defense were pretty good until they got a few homers,” said Gogebic assistant coach Kassi Huotari. “They have good pitchers, but we haven’t connected as well as usual.”

The Samsons were also limited to two hits in Game 1 against Karlie Patron and Winkel.

Madeline Vaughn provided the Samsons with a first double down the middle in the first inning of the nightcap, but they were unable to capitalize.

“It was a good shot” said Rahoi. “Their first batter definitely has a good swing. They have come a long way in the past two years.

Brooke Ofstad suffered the loss in Game 1 and Madison Huotari became the losing pitcher of the last drink.

The Samsons return to Wells Sports Complex on Tuesday to take on Dakota County (Minn.) Technical College at noon in a subregional opener.

The Norse play the winner at 2 p.m.

Three more matches will take place on Wednesday, with two of the three teams qualifying for the Region 13 tournament.

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