Fighting through the mist: Westwood sweeps L’Anse

NATIONAL MINE – The conditions were not ideal for softball Wednesday afternoon, but the Westwood Patriots still managed to put several runs on the scoreboard in a doubleheader sweep over L’Anse.

Westwood won the first game 12-2 and then took the second game 10-5 in five innings. Patriots head coach Jared Koski was happy with his team’s performances, especially dealing with a heavy mist throughout the afternoon.

“We played in 46-degree weather in a misty rain, but we got our work done and getting two wins is a solid day,” he said. “I give the L’Anse kids credit. They came out on a not-so-nice day and they came to play.”

In the opener, the Patriots got on the scoreboard quickly with two runs in the top of the first inning. Westwood added another run in the second, but the Purple Hornets got two runs back in the bottom of the third. However, the Patriots would not be denied as they pushed across two runs in the fourth and kept rolling from there.

Karlie Patron got the win in the circle for Westwood, throwing a one-hitter with four walks and 11 strikeouts. Josie Rice took the loss for L’Anse after giving up 14 hits with six walks and four strikeouts.

Natalie Prophet led the Patriots offensively, going 4 for 4, while Jillian Koski had three hits.

In the nightcap, Westwood scratched across a run in the bottom of the first, but the Purple Hornets answered with three runs in the third. However, the Patriots racked up five runs in their half of the frame to take control and padded their advantage with four more in the fourth to break the game open.

Allie Radcliffe got the victory for the Patriots, giving up five hits with three walks and two strikeouts, while Kailyn Voskuhl was handed the loss for the Purple Hornets after surrendering seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

Ellie Miller went 3 for 3 at the plate for Westwood, while Koski hit a two-run double and Prophet went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Summer Dudo hit a homer to lead L’Anse, while Taylor Sanregret hit a double.