Miners pound out hits in sweep of Manistique

By Journal Sports Staff

PALMER — After getting dealt a couple of tough defeats at the hands of Escanaba, the Negaunee softball team got back on the right track Thursday afternoon and the Miners did it with their bats.

Negaunee plated 30 runs over the course of two games as it swept Manistique in a doubleheader, 15-0 in the opener and 15-0 in the nightcap.

“I’m pleased way going so far,” Miners head coach Randy Carlson said. “Escanaba is one of the best teams in the state and we got tested. I’m happy we came out and did what we should’ve done. Sometimes you play sloppy in games that you’re supposed to win but we stayed focused and played like we’re supposed to.”

In the first game, Negaunee (4-2) got on the board with six runs in the bottom of the first inning and didn’t look back.

Up 9-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Miners pushed across six more runs to cap off the victory.

Hannah Voskuhl, Mykenna Kontio and Cassidy Orr all had two hits for Negaunee.

Abby Nelson got the win in the circle after giving up only two hits and three walks, while Brooke Richey took the loss for the Emeralds after giving up 12 hits and three walks in four innings of work.

The second game started a little slower as the Miners only scored two runs in the first frame and led 4-0 heading into the bottom of the third.

That’s when Negaunee started to come alive once again as they drove in seven runs in the frame to bust the game open. Nelson had three hits and four RBI to lead the Miners offensively, while Sierra Hendrickson had two doubles. Skylar Hall picked up the win for Negaunee after holding Manistique to just one hit and one walk, while striking out nine. Emily May was dealt the loss for the Emeralds after giving up 12 hits and five walks in three and two-third innings of work.

“It was a good day,” Carlson said. “I expected us to win two games today, but as a coach, you know it doesn’t always happen that way.

“The girls came out and were focused and played like what they were capable of playing.”

Westwood splits

with Bark River-Harris

At Harris, the Patriots had two different games with the Broncos with the first being a tight game and the second being an offensive slugfest.

In the first game, Westwood got a strong outing in the circle from Karlie Patron, who struck out 12, and a key two-run single from Katie Wiljanen to earn a 2-1 victory. With the game scoreless in the top of the fourth, Madi Koski and Ellie Miller hit back-to-back singles and then were brought home on Wiljanen’s base hit to put the Patriots up 2-0. BR-H rallied in the sixth inning, getting one run back on a triple by Eden Oswald, but Westwood held off the Broncos the rest of the way.

The second outing was a much different affair as both squads got their bats going early, but the Broncos were just a little more efficient. BR-H led 9-3 after three innings and 11-5 heading into the top of the seventh. The Patriots rallied though, pushing across three runs in the frame, but ultimately fell short 11-8. Patron had the big offensive moment for Westwood as she socked a solo homer in the third inning.

Kingsford sweeps Marquette

At Kingsford, the Redettes dropped a twinbill to the Flivvers falling 5-4 in the first game and 14-3 in the second outing.

In the opener, the Flivvers got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second, but Marquette answered back with three runs in the top of the fourth, two of them coming on a homer by Maddie Carter.

The Redettes padded their lead to 4-1 in the fourth on a dinger by Taylor Myers, but Kingsford rallied with four runs in the bottom to go up by one and they maintained that slim lead the rest of the way.

The first game was a close defeat for the Redettes, but the nightcap was a different story. Kingsford jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and after Marquette got a run back in the second, the Flivvers erupted offensively and took complete control of the game.

Maiya King and Lexi Trombley both had a double and a run scored for the Redettes.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.