Prep softball: Errors leave Marquette with a road split at Kingsford

KINGSFORD – Errors plagued a Marquette Senior High School softball team missing several of its regulars as the Redettes split a doubleheader at Kingsford on Thursday.

Senior Senja Liimatta overcame five Redettes errors to pitch her team to a 5-1 victory in the opener, but two errors in the bottom of the seventh resulted in the winning run scoring as the Flivvers prevailed 2-1 in the nightcap. Marquette is 6-7 after the split.

“We’re minus so many players right now so we haven’t had a normal starting lineup,” said MSHS coach Paul Seibert, who mentioned girls area out due to scheduling conflicts and injury.

“Once we get everybody back together for a few games, I’ve hoping we can get on a roll.”

Liimatta struck out 10 and scattered four hits in Game 1 while her teammates struck for two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth. Freshman Chelsea Wiggins had an RBI single in the fourth, while Liimatta and junior Emilee Lamora had run-producing singles in the sixth, when senior Hannah Johnson also had a sacrifice fly.

Liimatta got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth by striking out the final two batters.

In the nightcap, the game was scoreless until Marquette senior Amber Beaudry’s sac fly in the top of the sixth scored junior Courtney Finkbeiner, who had singled.

But Kingsford retied it in the bottom of the inning, then won it in the seventh on a pair of errors with one out.

Wiggins absorbed the loss, pitching the first three innings and the seventh, allowing one run and two hits while striking out five. JV callup Aubrey Reynold-Erspamer took care of the middle innings on the pitching rubber.

Liimatta had two hits and Lamora a triple in the game.