Negaunee breaks scoreless tie to advance in Division 3 softball district tournament

NATIONAL MINE – Senior pitcher Rosalie Anderson kept Negaunee in a scoreless tie with Westwood until her team’s bats woke up in the first round of the MHSAA Division 3 district softball tournament held at the Patriots’ field on Wednesday.

The Miners posted a 10-0 win in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Anderson allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out 10 in just 12 outs she had to make. Sister and junior teammate Adena Anderson worked the fifth to complete the shutout.

Negaunee, champions of the Mid-Peninsula Conference, had just one baserunner in the first two innings, according to coach Randy Carlson, but broke out of its slumber with five runs in the third.

Senior Nicole Richer was 3 for 4, while sophomore Nicole Violetta managed to knock in three runs despite going hitless. She brought two home on a sacrifice fly and another on a squeeze bunt.

Sophomore pitcher Hannah Salmi was tagged with the loss for Westwood as she allowed nine hits and three walks while fanning three.

She and juniors Katie Rankinen and Shana Caliguri had singles.

The Miners face the winner of Wednesday’s Gladstone-Houghton game in Gladstone at 2 p.m. Friday, with that winner advancing to district championship at 4 p.m.