IRON MOUNTAIN - Sophomore Sinead Korvela proved to be a rock on the pitching rubber in leading Ishpeming to a high school softball doubleheader sweep at Iron Mountain on Friday evening.
Korvela had two stints on the rubber in each game as the Hematites won their first outdoor action of the season, 15-12 and 22-7. The games also count in the Mid-Peninsula Conference standings.
Though Ishpeming committed a total of seven errors, coach Jeremy Thompson wasn't displeased with his team's play.
"This was the first time we've been outside this season for a game or a practice," Thompson said. "You can only do so much inside the gym to replicate playing on a dirt field."
The Mountaineers led early in each game, with Ishpeming not taking the lead for good in the opener until the top of the seventh inning. In Game 2, the Hematites went ahead for good in the third inning of a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Korvela pitched 2 2/3 innings in Game 1, starting and then taking over in the bottom of the seventh and preserving a three-run lead. In the nightcap, she went 3 2/3 innings, stopping a first-inning IM rally and also closing the game.
Overall, she allowed six runs on just one hit while striking out 15 and walking 10.
Sophomore Hailly Thompson and junior Lindsey Thompson also pitched during the doubleheader for the winners.
The teams traded the lead several times in the opener before Ishpeming scored four times in the top of the seventh to erase a 12-11 deficit. Lindsey Thompson's two-run single, her fourth hit of the game, put Ishpeming ahead for good, while Gabby Croley added an insurance RBI single.
In the nightcap, IM took a 5-3 first-inning lead before the Hematites tied it in the second and went ahead on freshman Lillee Martin's RBI single in the third. Nine more runs in the fourth put the game out of reach.
For the day, Lindsey Thompson was 7 of 9 with two triples, a double, 5 RBIs and nine runs scored. Korvela added five hits, including a solo homer over the fence in Game 2 and three doubles, scoring eight times.
Croley also had five hits, knocking in seven and scoring four herself, while Cheyanne Wedgworth was 2 for 2 in the nightcap, scoring three runs.
Next on Ishpeming's schedule is a home doubleheader against Gwinn on Thursday, but Coach Thompson thinks the game may have to be moved to Gwinn or another site. The Hematites are also set to play two games at Manistique on Friday.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.