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After a month of postponements and cancellations, the Solon Springs softball team finally played its home opener Thursday, defeating Ironwood 12-2 in six innings.

“We were getting a little stir crazy being in the gym for a month,” said Dale Rajala, Solon Springs head coach. “It was great to finally get outside on our field and get some games in.”

The Eagles scored one run in the first inning and three in the second to take an early lead. Ironwood answered with one run in both the fourth and fifth innings, but Solon Springs ended the game early due to the 10-run rule with eight runs in the sixth inning.

Alicia Jensen and Phoenix Thomas shared pitching duties for Solon Springs. Jensen gave up one hit while striking out three and walking three in two innings. Thomas allowed four hits and two earned runs while striking out five and walking four in four innings.

“I’m very happy with the way the girls competed today,” Rajala said. “Alicia and Phoenix did a good job handling the cold weather and pitched well.”

At the plate, Jensen went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Tylor Kruse also doubled and drove in two runs, and Ricki Bailey and Thomas had two hits and two RBIs apiece. Also finishing the game with two hits were Brianna Larson and Ashley Johnson. Collecting one hit apiece were Shayla Bornholdt and Karly Sutherland.

Solon Springs also had 17 stolen bases. Thomas, Jensen and Bornholdt led the way with three apiece.

For Ironwood, Kacie Lundin went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Alyssa Huotari suffered the pitching loss, giving up 14 hits while walking six and striking out five.

Ironwood finished the game with two stolen bases.

Thursday’s game

Ironwood                        000                  110                  —                    12                    14                    0

Solon Springs                130                  008                  —                    2                      5                      0

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