Negaunee sweeps, Westwood splits on softball diamond
L’ANSE — After a tough outing at the Petoskey Invitational on Saturday, the Negaunee softball team found its groove again Monday in a doubleheader sweep of Gwinn.
The Miners took that offensive momentum with them into Tuesday as they swept another twinbill over L’Anse 11-1 and 16-1.
“The girls hit the ball really well,” Negaunee head coach Randy Carlson said. “We also pitched well and we’ve been that way all year. Coming out of Petoskey, you wonder how things are going to go, but the last four games, the girls have (taken) care of business.”
In the opener, Negaunee held a 4-0 lead after three innings and then broke the game open in the fourth, plating seven runs. The Purple Hornets got one back in the fifth.
Miners pitcher Skylar Hall gave up a run on three hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts to earn the win.
Josie Rice took the loss for L’Anse, giving up 11 runs on 10 hits with eight walks and three Ks.
Negaunee was led at the plate by Katelyn Lammi and Payton Drew, who both went 2 for 2 with two RBIs.
In the nightcap, the Miners stayed hot at the plate, getting three runs in the second before piling on nine in the fourth.
Abby Nelson got the pitching victory for the Miners, giving up one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. L’Anse’s Kailyn Voskuhl was dealt the loss after surrendering 16 runs on 11 hits with 10 walks and four strikeouts.
Hannah Voskuhl was 2 for 4 for Negaunee, including a grand slam, and knocked in five runs, while Lammi went 2 for 2 with a homer.
Westwood 8-4, Calumet 0-10
At Calumet, the Patriots used a fifth-inning surge to win the first game.
“We had a slow start in the first game, but then everyone started popping at the same time and we did enough to win,” Westwood head coach Jared Koski said.
The opener was scoreless until the fifth, when the Patriots scored seven runs to support pitcher Karlie Patron’s shutout.
She gave up four hits and three walks with seven Ks for th win.
Madi Koski and Jillian Koski each had two hits for the Patriots.
In the nightcap, Molly Helminen picked up the win for Calumet, giving up four runs on seven hits with three walks.
Allie Radcliffe was handed the loss for the Patriots as she gave up five runs on six hits with one walk in less than three innings.
Offensively, Westwood was led by Natalie Prophet, who hit a homer.
Bark River-Harris 15-16, Munising 0-1
At Bark River, the Broncos swept in games called after four and three innings as Broncos’ pitcher Eden Oswald pitcher a one-hitter in the opener and Esther Oswald allowed four hits in the nightcap.
BR-H (18-4) had 15 hits in Game 1, led by Eden Oswald with three.
The Broncos host Superior Central in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press. Stieg’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.