Prep softball roundup: Negaunee, Manistique score sweeps over Gwinn, Ishpeming
NEGAUNEE – Negaunee had a double-digit-scoring inning each game to roll up a pair of mercy rule-shortened victories against Gwinn in high school softball on Thursday.
The Miners didn’t commit an error while improving to 18-10 with 17-2 and 19-4 decisions as both games went four innings.
Senior Ashley Anderson picked up both pitching victories as freshman teammate Allie Ring got in two innings of work in the nightcap. Anderson totaled eight strikeouts in six innings, allowing just three hits total.
Junior Rosalie Anderson, who got the day off from the pitching rubber, went 3 for 3 in both games together, collecting six RBIs and scoring six runs. She did major damage in Game 2 with an inside-the-park grand slam homer in the first inning, part of Negaunee’s 13-run outburst.
The Miners also plated 10 runs in the second inning of the opener when freshman Nicole Violetta was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Junior teammate Amanda Washnock also had two hits and four RBIs.
For Gwinn, junior Brooke Luokkala had a hit each game, while fellow junior Molly Smith had both her hits in Game 2.
First-game losing hurler Bella Wedig, also a junior, had a two-run triple in the second game.
Both teams take part in the Division 3 district tournament hosted by Gladstone next week. Gwinn faces Pickford at 4 p.m. Tuesday, while Negaunee has a first-round bye and doesn’t play until Saturday, June 1.
Manistique sweeps Ishpeming
In Ishpeming Thursday, the host Hematites dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Manistique Emeralds, 25-4 in six innings and 25-9 in five frames.
“Manistique has a great young team,” Ishpeming manager Jeremy Thompson said after his first-year team had dropped to a 7-11 overall record. “But today was our fourth game in a row this week playing in bad weather.
“The weather is wreaking havoc on the girls. Their intensity was greatly lacking today.”
Kelsy Gonyea sparked a 15-hit Manistique attack in the first game with three hits – including a homer – and five RBIs. Teammate Sam Williams also backed winning pitcher Breiann Richey with two doubles and a triple, four runs scored and four RBIs.
For the host Hematites, losing pitcher Sinead Korvela recorded a double and a homer among her three hits. She scored three times and drove in two markers.
In the second game, the Emeralds’ 20-hit attack was led by Allie Nagy, She went 4-for-4 (triple) and scored five runs. Sydney Chartier added three hits and scored three times.
Kelsy Gonyea took the mound win.
For Ishpeming, Korvela slammed two triples and a single, scored three times and plated a run.
Hailly Thompson shouldered the loss.
Escanaba 13-12, Marquette 3-2
The Eskymos swept the Redettes ending both games after five innings.
Marquette coach Paul Seibert said he wasn’t disappointed with his team’s hitting, because it went up against two very good pitchers today and Escanaba’s defense really stepped up.
“I don’t know what it is about Esky this year,” Seibert said. “We beat them in the dome and every game since we’ve had two terrible innings every single game. I don’t know if they’ve got a voodoo doll of us or what.”
The Eskymos finished the third inning of Game 1 up 6-1, and then put up another five runs in the fourth. EHS’ Codi Jenshak knocked in two runs on a single and Brianna Belanger followed it with an RBI double to boost the lead to 11-3.
Escanaba mercied Marquette in the fifth when Emily Bogaudo smashed an RBI double of her own. Then Braedyn Bosilovatz came up to drive in the game-winning run.
Game two picked up right where game one ended, and Escanaba put up five runs in the first inning. However, the Eskymos didn’t put Marquette away until the bottom of the fourth. Jenshak hit another two-RBI single, followed by a base hit from Bosilovatz and an RBI double by Nicole Juhl that bounced all the way to the fence. Juhl’s hit knocked in two more runs to give Esky an 11-1 lead.
Karlee Huuki kept the Redettes alive with an RBI single in the fifth, but it was short-lived. Bogaudo got yet another base hit, then rounded the bases on steals. A wild pitch allowed her to make the trip home and earn the win.