MHSAA softball roundup: Ishpeming tops Superior Central to reach Division 4 district semifinals
NORWAY – With four players recording two hits apiece, the Ishpeming High School girls softball team rallied for a 6-1 win over Superior Central Tuesday in MHSAA Division 4 district tournament action held in Norway.
Emily Myers, Lindsey Thompson, Caitlin Korvela and Natalee Dobson all turned in two hits apiece as the Hematites of manager Jeremy Thompson improved to 9-11 in their inaugural season.
Ishpeming will next meet Ironwood at a time to be determined Friday in Norway.
“The girls showed up to play,” Thompson said, noting his team trailed 1-0 heading into the sixth inning.
“It was a back-and-forth game of opportunity.”
Superior Central threatened in the third, but a double play by the Hematites ended that threat. In the sixth, the Cougars had the bases loaded with one out, but failed to score.
In their half of the sixth, the Hematites got a double from Myers, an RBI-double from Korvela, a single from Thompson and a fielder’s choice for a three-run surge.
Ishpeming added three runs in the seventh to put the game on ice.
Sinead Korvela got the mound win. In seven innings, she allowed five hits and five walks while striking out five.
“I’m so proud of her,” manager Thompson said. “She’s a freshman and it was nice to see her come through in some struggles during the game.
“She was throwing the ball hard and more in control today.”
SC’s Lindsay Richmond was tagged with the loss despite fanning 11.
Rapid River 11, Munising 1
In Division 4 at Norway, Dominique Pavlat started the second-inning with a home run and Kendyl Miller doubled twice to spark the Rockets over the Mustangs.
Rapid River plated runs in all five innings – one in the first, two in the second, four in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Ironwood 17, Hancock 2
In Division 4 at Norway, the Red Devils unloaded for five runs in the first inning, built a 7-0 advantage after two and put the game away with six runs in the third.
Norway 11, Stephenson 1
In Division 4 at Norway, catcher Bobbi Hulce hit her seventh home run of the season and the Knights extended their winning streak to 21 games.
Norway erupted for seven runs in the third inning to build a 10-1 cushion. Hulce’s fifth over-the-fence homer of the season came in the third.
Norway will take a 26-6 overall record into the semifinals.
Houghton 9, Westwood 4
In Division 3 at Gladstone, Gremlins pitcher Laura Ruohonen registered nine strikeouts and surrendered five walks to lead her team over Westwood.
The Patriots took an initial 2-0 lead after the first inning, but Houghton tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning.
Houghton added five more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth before Westwood tallied a final run in the seventh.
The Gremlins will face Negaunee at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the district semifinals.
Gladstone posts two
In Division 3 at Gladstone, the Braves shut out Manistique 10-0 and then crushed the Pickford-Cedarville 18-0 in three innings.
Christine Sharon earned the win over Pickford-Cedarville, completing a no-hitter.
Only one runner reached base on a walk, and Sharon finished with three strikeouts.
Gladstone held a 3-0 lead over Pickford-Cedarville until it exploded in the top of the third for 15 runs.
Lexi Hongisto began the scoring onslaught for the Braves with a two-RBI double.
Against Manistique, the Braves were clinging to a 1-0 lead until the top of the fourth. They put up nine runs there, highlighted by a two-run home run by Hongisto that helped give Gladstone a 10-0 advantage.
With the wins, Gladstone (19-1) advances to play in the championship game at noon on Saturday.
They will take on the winner of Negaunee and Houghton.