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Prep softball: Westwood falls at Kingsford in first ever games

May 2, 2013
By Ogden Sports Staff ( , The Mining Journal

KINGSFORD - Kingsford's pitchers dominated Westwood's bats as the Flivvers chalked 14-1 and 8-6 victories over the Patriots Wednesday at Lodal Park.

"I thought that our pitching was very strong tonight," Flivvers head coach Kevin Murdock said. "Both pitchers hit their spots well and changed speeds well."

For the Westwood program, now in its innugual season, Wednesday was the first time the team took the field, having not participated in the Superior Dome tournament a month ago.

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Westwood shortstop Katie Rankinen takes the throw as Kingsford’s Janay Walters steals second base in high school softball Wednesday at Lodal Park in Kingsford. The Patriots made their season and program debut with the contest. Umpire Mike Muraro looks on. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Burt Angeli)

The Patriots were scheduled to play their first ever games on Tuesday against Houghton, but that doubleheader was cancelled.

"There was a buildup, especially with the postponed games (before this) and a lot of nervous energy," Patriots coach Libby Nelson said. "It's just the anticipatinon of the first game to be played."

Kingsford's Emily Murdock allowed just four hits while whiffing nine in he opener. In Game 2, Sammie Zander allowed seven hits while striking out eight.

Westwood led 1-0 in Game 2 and had the tying run at the plate in the seventh, but fell short.

"They settled down in the second game and were more at ease and played with more confidence," Nelson said about her Patriots, who are slated to host Ishpeming today in a doubleheader that begins at 3:30 p.m.



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