Roundup: Calumet splits, L’Anse drops both games of doubleheader
L’ANSE — After a tough outing at the Petoskey Invitational on Saturday, the Negaunee softball team found its groove again Monday in a doubleheader sweep of Gwinn.
The Miners took that offensive momentum with them into Tuesday as they swept another twinbill, this time over L’Anse 11-1, and 16-1.
“The girls hit the ball really well today,” Negaunee head coach Randy Carlson said. “We also pitched well and we’ve been that way all year. Coming out of Petoskey, you wonder how things are going to go, but the last four games, the girls have took care of business.”
In the opener, Negaunee held a 4-0 lead after three innings and then broke the game open in the fourth, plating seven runs. The Purple Hornets got one back in the fifth inning, but that’s all it could manage.
The Miners got a strong performance in the circle by Skylar Hall, who gave up one run on three hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts to earn the win. Josie Rice took the loss for L’Anse giving up 11 runs in 10 hits with eight walks and three strikeouts.
Negaunee was led at the plate by Katelyn Lammi and Payton Drew, who both went 2 for 2 with two RBI.
In the nightcap, the Miners stayed hot at the plate, getting three runs in the second inning. The Purple Hornets scored once in the bottom of the frame, but Negaunee wasn’t fazed as it added three more in the third and then piled on with nine in the fourth.
Abby Nelson got the victory for the Miners, giving up one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. L’Anse’s Kailyn Voskuhl was dealt the loss after surrendering 16 runs on 11 hits with 10 walks and four strikeouts.
Hannah Voskuhl went 2 for 4 for Negaunee, including a grand slam, and knocked in five runs, while Lammi went 2 for 2 with a homer.
Westwood 8-4; Calumet 0-10
At Calumet, the Patriots used a fifth inning surge to win the first game, but fell behind early in the second and could not come back to tie it, settling for a split with the Copper Kings.
“We had a slow start in the first game, but then everyone started popping at the same time and we did enough to win,” Westwood head coach Jared Koski said. “In the second game, we lost a little focus. They put four (runs) up on us in the first inning and we tried to get some hits, but we couldn’t find openings.”
In the opener, the game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Patriots put seven runs up on the scoreboard. Westwood added one more in the sixth and pitcher Karlie Patron maintained her shutout the rest of the way.
Patron gave up just four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts to earn the victory. Ellie Djerf took the loss for the Copper Kings, giving up 12 hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Madi Koski and Jillian Koski both had two hits for the Patriots.
In the nightcap, Calumet made up for its lack of scoring in the first game with four runs in the first. Westwood put together a rally, but still trailed 5-3 heading into the fifth. In the bottom of that frame, the Copper Kings padded their lead to five runs and pushed across two more runs in the sixth to build up a comfortable 10-3 advantage.
Molly Helminen picked up the win for Calumet, giving up four runs on seven hits with three walks. Allie Radcliffe was handed the loss for the Patriots as she gave up five runs on six hits with one walk in less than three innings of work.
Offensively, Westwood was led by Natalie Prophet, who hit a homer.