Prep softball: Munising hitters spark sweep of Gwinn in doubleheader

GWINN – Munising High School swept a girls softball doubleheader from host Gwinn Friday, but the second game’s result was much different from the first.

The Mustangs rallied for a 15-13 triumph after whipping the Modeltowners in the opener, 25-9.

Munising, now 8-2 on the season, trailed 6-2 after four innings in the nightcap before exploding for seven runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.

“We started slow with our bats,” Munising manager Randy Coyne said. “Gwinn had all the momentum and they were making the plays. Give them credit.

“But we never quit and came back.”

His daughter, winning pitcher Darby Coyne, hit a three-run triple in the fifth-inning surge. Teammates Megan McLaren, Alex Paquette and Sabrina Brown all added RBI singles.

“Darby’s triple was a key hit for us,” Randy Coyne said. “She came up big.”

McLaren hit a two-run double in the sixth and Brown added a run-scoring double to give the Mustangs a 13-7 advantage.

“Hitting is contagious and we started to gain some momentum,” manager Coyne said. “I liked that we never gave up, that we felt we were always in it.”

The Modeltowners (0-11), who got a solo inside-the-park home run from Brooke Luokkala among her three game hits, mounted a comeback in the final (seventh) inning.

Emma Heinz keyed a four-run surge with a two-run double. But Darby Coyne, who had replaced starting pitcher Megan Watson in the sixth, got a groundout and a strikeout (swinging) to end the game.

“I’m very pleased our bats rolled in the second game,” Gwinn manager Maria Slater said. “We also worked as a team offensively and defensively.”

She said her pitcher, Bella Wedig, ran out of gas late after holding the Munising batters largely at bay in the first four innings.

“Bella has a lot of stamina for a junior, but she got a little tired,” Slater said, noting Wedig also pitched the first game against Munising after facing Ishpeming on Thursday. “She’ll get nothing but better.

“We have to get a stronger outfield and get the ball (into the infield) quicker. Munising has some smart baserunners and used that to their advantage.”

In the first game, the Mustangs scored early and often to stomp the Modeltowners. Munising notched nine runs in the opening inning and eight in the third to win going away.

“We just started off hitting and never quit,” Randy Coyne said. “Our pitching was good and our defense was solid.

“When the bats are flying and every one is hitting, it’s a lot of fun.”

Brown spearheaded the 22-hit Munising attack with five safeties.

“Munising came out ready to play ball,” Slater said. “We came out ready, too, but couldn’t get any momentum.

“We switched some things around in the second game, got things fixed and were more competitive.”

Wedig posted two hits for Gwinn in the opener.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.