3rd Baseline comes out on top of CCWSL All-Star Game
CHASSELL — The best of the best in local women’s softball decended on Chassell Friday night for the Copper Country Women’s Softball League All-Star Game. When all was said and done, the 3rd Baseline team came out on top, 4-2, in a tightly contested affair at Chassell Field.
Auto Pro Glass and Tire’s MacKenzie Brunet scored what would stand as the game-winning run in the top of fifth inning, extending their 2-1 lead to two runs when she scored on a play where Campioni True Value’s Laura Lyons reached on a fielder’s choice.
Brunet drew a lead-off walk off of Superior National Bank’s Rosalie Anderson to get things started in the inning. Frank A. Douglass Agency’s Bailey Froberg singled to follow Brunet. Calumet Golf Club/The Loading Zone’s Elli Djerf drew a walk.
The 3rd Baseline opened the scoring in the top of the second with the 1st Baseline’s starting pitcher, Larissa Anderson of Superior National Bank, on the mound.
Northern Michigan Land Brokers’ Hannah Hill got things going for the 3rd Baseline in the inning by singling. She was later thrown out at second. Superior National Bank’s Alexa Johnson followed with a walk, but was also caught between bases by a well-timed throw from Northern Michigan Land Brokers’ Janie Berg.
Mattila Rock and Dock’s Darla Mensch walked. A single from Northern Michigan Land Brokers’ Andrea L’Esperance moved Mensch into scoring position. Brunet then pushed Mensch to third when she reached first on a defensive error. Mensch then scored on a passed ball with Mattila Rock and Dock’s Marti Jahfetson at the plate.
The 3rd Baseline extended their lead in the fourth, as Hill walked to lead off. She later scored on another passed ball.
Looking to answer, the 1st Baseline did just that in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Auto Pro Glass and Tire’s Kyleigh Audette reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored when Larissa Anderson brought her home on a fielder’s choice off of Jahfetson.
It did not take long for the 3rd Baseline to answer, however, as Hill walked to lead off the top half of the fifth. She later scored on another passed ball.
Looking to answer, the 1st Baseline did just that in the bottom of the fifth inning, cutting the lead to 3-2.
Frank A. Douglass Agency’s Harlee Froberg opened the inning with a single off of Jahfetson. Auto Pro Glass and Tire’s Erin Gast singled immediately after. Rosalie Anderson walked, loading the bases for Audette, who connected with a single to bring Froberg home
The 3rd Baseline turned to Calumet Golf Course/The Loading Zone’s Elle Djerf to close the game out over the final two innings, and she was strong, racking up three strikeouts and only allowing one baserunner when she walked Campioni True Value’s Alison Spence.
Looking to give Djerf some support, the 3rd Baseline did just that Lyons picked up a two-out single to get things going. She moved to second when Hill drew a walk. Lyons then scored on a passed ball, putting the game out of reach for the 1st Baseline.
PLAYOFFS START MONDAY
With the regular season having ended on Wednesday, the playoffs are set to start on Monday with a doubleheader at the Boneyard in Lake Linden and one game at Chassell Field.
In the opener at the Boneyard, Mattila Rock and Dock (7-5) will face the Northern Michigan Land Brokers (2-9) at 5:45 p.m.
In the nightcap, Calumet Golf Club/The Loading Zone (3-9) will take on Frank A. Douglass Agency (5-7) at 7:15 p.m.
In Chassell, Campioni’s True Value (8-3) will face regular season champions, Superior National Bank (9-3) at 7:15 p.m.
Auto Pro Glass and Tire was given a bye through the first round and will play the winner of Mattila Rock and Dock and Northern Michigan Land Brokers on Wednesday night at the Boneyard at 7 p.m.
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
Superior National Bank finished as the top team during the regular season with a record of 9-3, just a half-game better than Campioni’s True Value, who finished the season with a record of 8-3.
Auto Pro Glass and Tire and Mattila Rock and Dock tied the regular season series, 1-1, and finished tied. Auto Pro scored more runs in the series than Mattila, giving them the third seed and Mattila the fourth.
The playoff tournament final is set for Friday night, July 21, at the Boneyard with a start time of 7 p.m.
The winning team will earn the right to the coveted Holly McCullah Traveling Trophy.