Norway Knights sweep Ishpeming in high school softball doubleheader

NORWAY — Norway recovered from early deficits to sweep Ishpeming in a Mid-Peninsula Conference softball doubleheader played Tuesday.

In the opener, Norway trailed 1-0 in the first inning and 3-2 in the fourth before pulling away for a 9-4 win.

Ishpeming opened the second game with four runs but Norway responded with six runs in the bottom half of the first and went on to a 16-6 win.

“Good day for softball,” said Knights coach Bob Bal. “We had good defense all day and the bats were alive in the second game. We were really aggressive on the bases.”

Norway pitcher Alli Sheski allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked one in the first game.

Karli Stanchina had three of Norway’s 12 hits while Ada VanHolla, Jordan Kraemer and Britt Grayvold added two apiece. VanHolla doubled for the lone extra-base hit.

“We played small ball and it worked out,” Bal said, noting several sacrifice bunts including two with two strikes.

Mariah Gyselinck tossed a six-hitter in the second game with one strikeout and three walks.

Sheski doubled twice and singled to lead Norway’s 12-hit attack. Kraemer, Jada Lasater, Kayte Casanova and Holly Mattia also doubled. Kraemer, Jenna Johnson and Grayvold each scored three runs.

Ishpeming’s Korey Kaukula hit a two-run homer in the third inning.

Norway (19-11, 7-3) hosts Manistique in a doubleheader today.