Offense featured in Marquette-Superior Central twinbill; Westwood grinds out sweep
MARQUETTE — Marquette needed extra innings but got its first victory of the season in a doubleheader split at home against Superior Central on Wednesday.
In another twinbill that day, Westwood used its potent offense to sweep Rapid River at the Patriots’ National Mine field.
Marquette 16-20, Superior Central 15-27
In the opener, the Redettes scored five runs in the eighth inning.
Alaina Saari relieved Lyndsey Lake, striking out one and walking one. Lake started and went 6 1/3 innings, fanning seven and walking three.
At the plate, MSHS’ Rayna Warchock was 3 for 4 with four RBIs, teammate Lexi L’Huillier had three RBIs and hit an inside-the-park homer, and Lake collected three hits.
Lake took the loss in the nightcap as she K’d two and walked two. She came on in relief of Saari, who had three strikeouts without a walk.
At the plate, the Redettes’ Lauren Houle was 2 for 2, teammate Jordan Bouchard was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Saari had four RBIs and Mardi Andresen hit a triple.
Marquette hosts a trio of 4 p.m. doubleheaders next week — Escanaba on Monday, Bark River-Harris on Tuesday and Kingsford on Thursday.
Westwood 6-13, Rapid River 4-10
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning in the opener, Westwood answered with two runs before plating another in the third. After the Rockets tied things 3-3, the Patriots scored three in the fifth and held on for the win. Ellie Miller and Natalie Prophet each hit homers for Westwood.
Allie Radcliffe picked up the win in the circle for the Patriots, giving up eight hits and two walks while whiffing five. Natalie Bellinger took the loss for RR despite striking out a dozen.
Both teams got off to a great start offensively in the second game. RR scored four in the top of the first, but the Patriots plated eight in the bottom and chased Bellinger from the circle.
Westwood held an 11-4 advantage going into the fourth before Rockets rallied. RR plated two runners and then got four more in the fifth to cut its deficit to one, but Westwood picked up two runs in the sixth and shut down the Rockets in the seventh to get the win.
Megan Marta got the victory for the Patriots, giving up six hits and four walks, while striking out four in five innings. Bellinger took the loss again with six hits and two walks along with one strikeout during her inning in the circle.
Marta and Elise Ketola led the Patriots at the plate with the former socking a homer and the latter getting a triple.
Westwood hosts Iron Mountain on Monday.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee and Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.