Prep softball: Ishpeming swept by Norway in doubleheader

NORWAY – Norway High School snagged a pair of Mid-Peninsula Conference softball victories from visiting Ishpeming on Friday evening at Marion Park, winning 11-5 and 20-5.

“Taking two from Ishpeming put us in a great position to make a run at the conference,” Knights’ manager Scott Conery said.

The Knights found themselves in a see-saw battle in game one before rallying for the lead with a six-run sixth inning.

A double by Brandi Winkler helped fuel Norway’s sixth-inning rally against Ishpeming pitcher Sinead Korvela.

“This was a big for us, rallying late on a really good pitcher in Korvela,” Conery said. “I don’t think we saw Ishpeming’s best due to a rash of injuries.”

The Hematites broke through first with three runs in the third thanks to hits by Lindsey Thompson and Korvela.

Norway, led by a two-run single by Lindsey DeBernardi, put up four in the fourth and added one more in the fifth.

But Ishpeming scored two in the sixth to re-take the lead.

Ashley Zanon got the mound win for Norway, giving up three hits with two punchouts and one walk. Korvela allowed five hits while striking out 10 and walking another 10.

Norway jumped all over the Hematites (3-3) in the second game, opening an 8-0 lead after one inning. Bobbi Hulce and Bailey Grayvold each clubbed three-run homers in the frame.

Norway (15-6) put up four more runs in the second inning for a 12-0 lead before Ishpeming broke through with five in the third, thanks in part to a two-run triple by Gabby Croley.

Harlie Castor’s solo homer capped a big eight-run third for the Knights and the game ended after three innings.

Caster pitched for Norway, giving up five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.