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Hawks seek 4th straight softball victory today

Hermantown will host Grand Rapids in a nonconference high school softball game at 4:30 p.m. today — the first of eight games for the Hawks in the next 10 days.

The Hawks (5-3) have won three straight, including a come-from-behind, 13-11 victory against Duluth Denfeld at home Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ve had some up and down play early in the season, which probably was expected with only two seniors in our lineup,” said Hermantown Coach Tom Bang. “Hannah Mihalik is our top hitter, batting third in the order, and Lauren Smith was 4-for-4 yesterday. Our three-person pitching rotation has been solid at times and sometimes inconsistent. Katelyn Ewer pitched very well against Princeton, allowing only three hits and walking one (a Hawks’ 10-0 victory). Alana Mayry pitched great in relief against Denfeld and Mihalik is off to a strong start on the mound.”

Bang said he expects his young team to earn its wings late in the season.

“With a lot of new players in the lineup, we’re a last third of the season type team,” he said. “It’s the old saying that a sophomore is a sophomore, but a sophomore is no longer a sophomore by the end of the season having gained valuable experience during the season. We have a nice group of sophomore and juniors, so hopefully our senior pitcher and catcher can continue to provide us with strong leadership.”