Prep softball: Change in venue doesn’t throw off Ishpeming in sweep of Gwinn
GWINN – It didn’t matter where the Ishpeming High School girls softball team played Thursday.
The Hematites showed they can be tough on the road.
Unable to host Gwinn as scheduled due to unplayable field conditions at the Ishpeming Playgrounds from the long winter and wet spring weather, the IHS squad went to Gwinn instead and swept the Modeltowners, 24-3 in three innings and 11-5.
Pitchers Sinead Korvela and Hailly Thompson turned in strong performances while the Ishpeming batters posted 19 total hits.
“We went onto the field and executed as a team,” IHS head coach Jeremy Thompson said after his team had improved to 4-0 on the season. “Our defense was solid, too.”
Hailly Thompson suffered a three-run sixth inning, but was otherwise solid. She walked six, but allowed just four hits while striking out 11.
“She broke her (right pitching) wrist while playing basketball,” Jeremy Thompson said, “so she’s behind the 8-ball. But she stepped up today.
“She was the most controlled I’ve seen her in a long time.”
Thompson got plenty of run support with the help of a six-run third inning. Gabby Croley hit an RBI-triple, while Korvela, Lindsey Thompson, Hailly Thompson, Kinsie Bertucci and Emily Meyers added run-scoring singles in the frame.
“We got that early lead and our defense then held up,” coach Thompson said.
Meyers went 3-for-5 with a double and a triple in the contest. Korvela and Lindsey Thompson added two hits apiece, with the latter knocking in three runs.
Bella Wedig shouldered the loss for Gwinn (0-10), despite fanning nine. She surrendered 10 hits and walked eight.
“She struggled a little,” Gwinn head coach Maria Slater said. “But overall, she was controlled. A lot of times, I have to tell her to take it down a notch.”
Wedig led the Modeltowners’ attack with a double and a triple. She also scored three runs.
“We were able to finally get a piece of the ball,” Slater said. “We’ve had a hard time batting lately.”
The first game saw Ishpeming take advantage of 17 walks by Gwinn pitcher Bailey Nyquist. The Hematites scored five runs in the first, eight in the second and 11 in the third in a game stopped due to the mercy rule.
“We had a young pitcher (in freshman Nyquist),” Slater said. “She has a lot to learn. She just didn’t have it tonight.”
Lillee Martin had two hits (triple) and drove in three runs for Ishpeming. Lindsey Thompson also had two hits, while Hailly Thompson chipped in a single and two RBIs.
“We got hits when we needed them,” Jeremy Thompson said.
Korvela struck out eight, walked four and didn’t give up a hit in her three innings of work.