By David Troppens

 While preparing for Saturday’s Regional tournament at Clio High School, the Linden varsity softball team searched for a good tune-up game for it.

 The sixth-ranked team in Division 2 Eagles (32-7) scheduled a game with Division 1 Lakes Valley Conference champions Walled Lake Northern in that quest. Walled Lake Northern won the contest 9-3.

 The Eagles jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Jordyn Hobson began the inning with a single, and an out later Hannah Bollinger walked. With two out, Haley Ludwig doubled in both runners.

 Walled Lake Northern used two singles and a double to tie the game at 2-all during the top of the second, but Linden answered back with another run in the bottom of the second. With one out, Liz Burke walked and Megan Widener doubled, putting runners on second and third. Hobson responded with an RBI-single, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead.

 However, Walled Lake Northern responded with two runs in the third, with both runs scoring on a two-run home run. Walled Lake Northern led 4-3 and never trailed again. It remained a 4-3 score until the top of the sixth when Northern scored three runs in the top of the sixth and then two more in the seventh.

 Linden’s best offensive threat after the third inning came in the sixth when Widner walked and Hobson singled with two out. However, the inning ended with a ground out.

 Offensively, Hobson led the Eagles with three hits while Emma Mossing had two hits. On the mound, the Eagles split the pitching duties among Hobson (two innings pitched), Mikayla Timm (four innings) and Ludwig (one inning).

 The Eagles start regional action Saturday at noon at Clio High School against Imlay City.

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