Ishpeming Hematites softball team roars back to sweep Houghton

HOUGHTON — Ishpeming scored in nearly every inning of a high school softball doubleheader it played in Houghton on Tuesday, but still needed a huge seventh-inning rally in the nightcap to complete a sweep of the Gremlins.

The Hematites (13-18) scored eight runs in the top of the final inning to erase a five-run deficit and take a 15-12 win over Houghton. Ishpeming was more in command in the opener, taking an 8-2 win.

“We battled like crazy,” IHS coach Ben McGuire said. “We really, really hit the ball well.”

Junior Emma Bleau picked up both pitching victories, going all seven innings in Game 1 and the final two innings of the second game.

In the opener, she allowed three hits and a walk, striking out nine, then in Game 2, she gave up three runs on just one hit with no walks and a strikeout, her 200th of the season.

The Gremlins’ Josie Connors had similar lines as she took both losses. She pitched a complete game in the opener and got the final out while giving up four runs in the seventh inning of the nightcap.

Ishpeming failed to score in just four of the twinbill’s 14 innings, rolling up one or two runs in six of seven innings in Game 1. Korey Kaukola was the Hematites’ hitting hero, clubbing three doubles, each knocking in a run.

In the second game, Ishpeming scored four runs in the top of the fifth to break a 3-3 tie, but Houghton answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning and three more in the sixth to take a 12-7 lead.

The Hematites’ Kayla Kaukola had three hits, scored three runs and had an RBI, while Korey Kaukola added two more doubles and three RBIs.

The Gremlins’ Harlee Froberg paced her team’s hitters with three hits in each game, including an RBI and run scored in Game 2.

Ishpeming hosts Iron Mountain in a makeup doubleheader at 4 p.m. Thursday.


Gladstone 5-7, Marquette 1-5

At Marquette on Monday, Gladstone’s offense was too hot for the Redettes to handle.

Chelsea Wiggins suffered the loss for the Redettes on the mound in the first game, giving up five runs on nine hits.

Gladstone scored all its runs in the final three innings, with Sydney Herioux collecting two of the Braves’ RBIs.

Ashlyn Steer drove home the only run for Marquette.

In the second game, Marquette held a 5-4 lead heading into the fifth inning before Megan McIntire gave up three runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings, which would be the game’s decider.

Mady Kawalski scored two runs for the Braves, while McIntire batted in two RBIs.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee and Journal Sports Writer Ray Bressette. Email them at