Prep softball roundup: Negaunee sweeps Iron Mountain

NEGAUNEE – A 17-4 win over Iron Mountain in the nightcap Tuesday gave the host Negaunee High School girls softball a sweep at LaCombe Field.

In the first game, the Miners beat the Mountaineers 11-1. Both that game and the second contest went only five innings each due to the mercy rule.

“Iron Mountain is a new team and their primary pitcher (fractured an ankle) last week,” NHS head coach Randy Carlson said. “There were a lot of walks (by IM) in both games (22 in all).”

The Miners pounded out 12 hits and drew nine walks in the second game.

Taylor Ring, Nicole Violetta and winning pitcher Rosalie Anderson posted three hits apiece. All three smacked a double and Anderson added a triple.

Ring (three), Violetta (two) and Anderson (four) combined to drive in nine runs for the Miners (10-5).

Anderson allowed no hits and two walks while fanning 11 for NHS.

In the first game, Negaunee had only one hit – a single by Taylor Ring – but took advantage of 13 walks and three errors by the Mountaineers.

“It didn’t benefit either team,” Carlson said of the first game.

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Manistique 18-13,

Gwinn 0-2

GWINN – The Emeralds cruised in a Tuesday doubleheader over Gwinn, winning 18-0 in three innings before taking the nightcap 13-2 in six innings.

The Modeltowners walked 21 Manistique batters during the twinbill, as the Emeralds scored 18 runs in the opener with only having five hits.

“It wasn’t very fun when you walk a lot,” acknowledge Emeralds manager Jessica Nord. “At some point we stopped running on them.”

Lindsay Knuth had two hits for the Emeralds and Ashley Menominee earned the win, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out three.

In the nightcap, the Emeralds poured on 12 hits. Amanda Menominee went 3-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. Sam Williams and Jamie Erickson each had two hits, Williams with two doubles.

Menominee worked the mound and walked two while striking out four.

The Emeralds (8-4) host Ishpeming Friday.