Gremlins drop both ends of doubleheader to Mountaineers

Adam Niemi/Daily News (Iron Mountain) Houghton first baseman Molly Bugni, right, receives the throw at first base for an out as Iron Mountain’s Annslee Runsat runs down the line on Monday in Iron Mountain, Mich.

IRON MOUNTAIN — An 11-run eighth propelled Iron Mountain to a 13-2 win in the first game and a doubleheader sweep over Houghton on Monday.

The Mountaineers (8-4) gave up a pair of tying runs in the seventh but rallied in the eighth for the first game win. Iron Mountain scored five runs in the first inning of the second game en route to a 7-5 win.

Iron Mountain pitcher Claire Mongrain threw to third in the bottom of the seventh, but the throw bounced off the ground and past third baseman Anna Rittenhouse.

Mongrain redeemed herself in Iron Mountain’s huge eighth with a two-run home run to center field.

“I think she was a little mad at the previously play,” Iron Mountain head coach Dean Lefebvre said of Mongrain. “I told the team that there is a lot to learn there. If you make a mistake you need to keep your head in the game and not collapse.”

After the home run, Paige LaPoint, Zoe Spera and Emma Thomann each followed with RBI singles. Annslee Runsat hit a two-run single. Jorden Stoner hit an RBI single. Mongrain reached again on an error. Ella Fortner hit a two-run single and another run scored on an error.

Fortner hit an RBI single in the fourth. Saylor Swartout hit an RBI double in the third.

Mongrain gave up the two unearned runs on four hits with five walks and six strikeouts.

Josie Connors pitched for Houghton and gave up 13 runs (three earned) on 14 hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Connors, McKenna McKay, McKenzie Ekdahl and Chloe Morely had hits for Houghton.

In the second game, Iron Mountain pushed five runs across in the first with a bases-loaded walk by Mackenzie Swanson. Houghton made two errors in the inning.

Fortner had an RBI double in the third and scored on an error.

Houghton clawed back with two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. Ally Ronis had an RBI single in the fourth. Madi Williston had an RBI double and Morely had a run-scoring single in the fifth. Ronis had an RBI groundout for the second out in the seventh, but the Gremlins’ rally was thwarted with a groundout in the following at-bat.

Annslee Runsat and Hannah Proudfit pitched for Iron Mountain, giving up five runs (one unearned) on eight hits with six walks and a strikeout.

Isabelle Cleary, McKenna Foster and Connors pitched for Houghton, giving up seven runs (five unearned) on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

Iron Mountain hosts Calumet on Thursday.

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