Copper Kings sweep Jets in Lake Linden

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette Calumet’s Molly Helminen delivers a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader against Jeffers Thursday at the Boneyard in Lake Linden.

LAKE LINDEN — If manager Joel Rastello had concerns about his Calumet Copper Kings softball team, they were few and far between Thursday as the Copper Kings varsity and junior varsity teams earned a sweep over the Jeffers Jets, 15-0 and 21-1, respectively at the Boneyard in Lake Linden Thursday.

The Copper Kings went to work in the first inning of the opener as Elli Djerf singled and later scored. Vera Peterson reached on an error and later scored. Jonna Berg also reached on an error and found her way home.

Audrey Walker sacrificed to score Peterson. Sammy Plante walked and then later scored. Andrea Karineimi singled and later scored. Hanna Rautio knocked in two runs with a single.

Molly Helminen, who got the start on the mound, walked and later scored, along with Rautio on hit by Djerf.

In the second, the Copper Kings went right back to work. Vera Peterson stole a base before scoring on a passed ball to spark an eight-run inning.

Audrey Walker was knocked home by Plante. Karineimi then brought Walker home. Rautio walked before Djerf knocked a run. Molly Peterson walked and later scored, along with Vera Peterson, on a three-run knock by Berg, which put the game in mercy rule territory.

In the junior varsity game, the Copper Kings got on the board quick as Morgan Erkkila walked and later scored. Laura Giachino walked and later scored on a hit by Kristi Keranen. Megan Peterson walked and later scored. Keranen also found her way across home plate.

Taylor Vertin walked and later scored. Alli Johnson also Walker and scored, as Calumet took a 6-0 lead after the first.

The Jets got one run back, but could not get any closer before the Copper Kings returned to the batter’s box.

Megan Peterson singled and later scored on a single by Keranen. Vertin then knocked Keranen home. Johnson brought Vertin home, extending Calumet’s lead to 10-1.

In the third inning, Calumet’s offense was kickstarted by Megan Peterson, who walked, stole second and third before scoring on a single from Johnson. Keranen scored on a single from Illa Goulette. Jana Loukus knocked Johnson and Goulette home.

Perala singled to bring Loukus home. Erkkila then connected to bring Perala in. Megan Peterson reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored.

Keranen walked and later scored before Vertin and Johnson both singled and later scored, capping the offense.