Prep softball: Negaunee, Westwood roll to victory
NEGAUNEE – A pair of players who will soon graduate put their stamp on Senior Night for Negaunee as the Miners swept Ishpeming in a high school softball doubleheader played Monday.
Senior pitcher Rosalie Anderson picked up both victories despite starting just one of them while fellow senior Taylor Ring collected a half-dozen hits and five RBIs as Negaunee rang up 15-0 and 14-4 victories. The opener was shortened to three innings and the nightcap was called in the sixth due to 15- and 10-run rules.
Anderson kept the Hematites hitless in Game 1 while her teammates put up a 10-spot in the second inning to end it early. Ring had two hits and senior Nicole Richer one as each knocked in two runs.
Negaunee coach Randy Carlson saw a possible break in concentration coming off the Senior Night ceremony between games, and Ishpeming capitalized by taking a 4-1 lead after two innings of the nightcap.
But the Miners (16-10) stormed back for multiple runs in each of the next four innings to invoke the mercy rule.
Anderson also came on to pitch in the fourth inning for her sister, junior Adena Anderson, and got the win when sophomore Lauren Anderson knocked in the tying run with a single in the bottom of the fourth before Negaunee took the lead for good.
Game 1 losing pitcher Sinead Korvela, a sophomore, and junior Emily Myers each had two hits for the Hematites in the second contest.
At Gwinn, the Patriots found their hitting shoes, piling up 21-4 and 16-2 victories over the Modeltowners.
Junior Shana Caliguri collected three hits in support of Game 1 winning pitcher and freshman Megan Pohlman, while sophomore Courtney Illikainen and junior Katie Rankinen each had two hits to help out Game 2 victor and sophomore Hannah Salmi.