Prep softball: Negaunee finds offense in sweep of Westwood

NATIONAL MINE – Negaunee added an explosive offensive output to its usual stalwart pitching and defensive parts of the game for a pair of five-inning victories at Westwood in high school softball played Tuesday at the Tilden Township Recreation Area Field.

The Miners won the opener 16-2 despite Westwood junior Katie Rankinen getting the hitting highlight of the game, a two-run homer over the fence in the third inning.

Negaunee added a 12-0 win in Game 2, another mercy-rule shortened contest, as senior Rosalie Anderson not only no-hit the Patriots for four innings, but poked her own two-run homer over the fence in the second inning.

“Overall, I’m very happy with our hitting today, though it’s still been inconsistent this season,” NHS coach Randy Carlson said. “Our pitching and defense have been pretty solid all year.”

Negaunee (12-7) jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the middle of the third inning of each game, the first time supporting junior winning hurler Adena Anderson, who scattered five hits, struck out eight and walked none in going the distance.

Sophomore Nicole Violetta was 4 for 4 with four runs scored and two RBIs in the opener, while senior Taylor Ring was 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI.

Senior Nicole Richer knocked in two runs in a four-run second as she finished with two hits and four RBIs off Westwood pitchers Megan Pohlman, a freshman who went the first four innings, and Rankinen.

In Game 2, Rosalie Anderson allowed just two runners on a hit batsman and error while she struck out seven. She also went 3 for 4 at the plate and knocked in four runs. Sister Adena Anderson was 3 for 3 with two runs scored.

Sophomore Hannah Salmi went the distance on the rubber for the Patriots.

Westwood is back in action at home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday for two games against Ishpeming, while Negaunee is off until Friday when it hosts Norway in a 4 p.m. doubleheader.

Negaunee also plays three games in the Escanaba Invitational on Saturday against Marquette, Rapid River and Sault Ste. Marie.