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PLYMOUTH, Minn. - The MLC softball team started 2010 the season with three wins at the Plymouth Creek Dome Thursday, beating Presentation 22-5, North Central 9-1, and Maranatha 12-1.
The Knights allowed two runs in the top of the first inning, but answered with seven runs in the first, two more in the second, and 11 in the third to take command of the game against Presentation, which ended after five innings.
The Knights took advantage of the Saints' struggles on the mound and the field, walking 15 times in the game and reaching base on nine Presentation errors.
Heather Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran HS Indianapolis) got the start on the mound and picked up the win, allowing five runs in five innings and striking out six. She also finished with three runs scored and three runs batted in at the plate.
Joining her with a good game at the plate was Karla Opperman (North Branch, Mich./North Branch), who scored four runs and drove in three. April Cook (Menomonee Falls, Wis./KMLHS), Brittany Jensen (Hortonville, Wis./FVL) and Stephanie Punke (Hartford, Wis./LPS) each had two RBI.
MLC trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the second, but took command of the game with two run second and fourth innings sandwiched around a five-run third that broke the game open.
Laura Miller (Kent, Wash./Evergreen) got the start and allowed only one run on two hits in five innings of work to pick up the win. She struck out five while only walking one.
At the plate, Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS) finished with a team-high four RBI, three of which came on a triple in the third inning. Opperman added two RBI for the game, while Kim Matthies (Lebanon, Ind./LPS), Katie Kretsch (New Ulm, Minn./MVL) and Cook each scored two runs.
Free got the start and went five strong innings in the Knights' third win of the day against Maranatha. She allowed just one run on five hits while striking out one and not walking anyone.
MLC took control of the game from the jump, scoring six int he bottom of the first, and then tacking on two in teh second and four in the third. They finished with five hits for the game, but took advantage of seven walks and three errors to scratch across the 12 runs.
Jensen finished with a team-high three RBI in the game, while Kretsch and Cook each had two RBI. Kretsch also had a team-high two hits and tied Amanda Fogle (Oakdale, Minn./SCLHS) with a team-high with three runs scored.