MHSAA softball: Ishpeming ousted from district semifinals

NORWAY – After tying the game in the top of the seventh inning Friday, the Ishpeming High School girls softball team was unable to send a state Division 4 district tournament semifinal game in Norway to extra innings.

Ironwood got an RBI-single from Kaitlyn Tollstam in the bottom of the frame to post a 3-2 win and end the Hematites’ inaugural season.

“If was an off day for our bats,” IHS manager Jeremy Thompson said. “Our top four hitters came up 16 times and got just three hits.”

Losing pitcher (in relief) Caitlin Korvela led the Hematites with a pair of hits and a run scored. Gabby Croley added a double and a run, while both Libbie Doney and Melanee Bess recorded two hits each.

Sinead Korvela of Ishpeming (9-12) hit an RBI-single in the seventh to tie the score 2-2.

Caitlin Korvela went three-plus innings in relief of Sinead, allowing a run, a hit and three walks while fanning two.

Kassi Huotari picked up the mound win. She gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out five.

“My expectations at the beginning of the season were that with the talent we had, I thought we’d have a chance at a winning record,” Thompson said. “The (poor) weather this spring was a factor, though (in why we didn’t).”