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Ishpeming Hematites, Westwood Patriots sweep high school softball doubleheaders

Gwinn High School’s Kori Kevern pitches to Ishpeming on Tuesday afternoon in National Mine. (Journal photo by Jess Makela)

NATIONAL MINE — The Ishpeming Hematites swept a doubleheader over Gwinn Tuesday night in National Mine, defeating the Modeltowners by scores of 11-0 and 6-5.

The Hematites’ field is still unplayable, forcing the move to Westwood’s home field.

Emma Bleau was the winning pitcher in both games, throwing a one-hitter over five innings in the first game before relieving Kayla Kaukola in the final two innings of the nightcap.

Corey Kevern, the losing pitcher for Gwinn in the first game, collected the only hit for the Modeltowners while allowing nine hits on the mound.

In the second game, Gwinn’s offense came alive to pull into a 5-5 tie heading into the bottom of the fifth before Ishpeming’s Corey Copola drove in her sister Taylor Copola for a walkoff hit.

Ishpeming High School's Madison Pruett, right, slides safely into home plate against Gwinn on Tuesday afternoon in National Mine. (Journal photo by Jess Makela)

“We saw some really great pitching from both girls all night that carried us,” Ishpeming head coach Ben McGuire said of his team’s sweep. “We hit the ball really hard and never gave up.”

Ishpeming (6-1) plays a doubleheader on the road at Gladstone at 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Westwood 9-12, Norway 6-5

At Norway, the Patriots had three girls nail home runs — Marissa Carello, Mady Mattias and Raija Stille. Megan Pohlman earned the victory.

In the second contest, Liz Farley homered for Westwood, while Karlie Patron earned the win and went 2 of 3 at the plate.

Westwood (7-2) travels to Iron Mountain Thursday for a doubleheader.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ray Bressette. His email address is rbressette@miningjournal.net.