SNB sweeps Coca Cola with quick bats and strong gloves

Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette Superior National Bank’s Beth Sturos connects with a pitch during a Copper Country Women’s Fastpitch Softball game against Coca Cola Monday night.

LAKE LINDEN — Superior National Bank (SNB) moved to 4-0 in the Copper Country Women’s Fastpitch Softball league as they swept Coca Cola, 17-5 and 12-4, Monday at the Boneyard in Lake Linden.

The ladies from SNB dominated both games with their bats and with their gloves.

In the first game, they took advantage of Grace Brunet’s struggles on the mound. She could not find the strike zone in the first inning and gave up four walks and a hit a batter that brought in two runs.

On the other hand, SNB’s Vera Peterson struck out two in a three-up, three-down inning.

SNB added two more in the second on a base hit by Janie Berg and a bases clearing triple by Andrea Karaniemi.

Coca Cola got their first tally in the second inning when their left fielder Hannah Bastian walked and made it home on stolen bases and wild pitches. After two innings the score was 4-1 in favor of SNB.

Superior National Bank distanced themselves even more with two runs in the third and a run each in the fourth and the fifth. In the sixth inning, they blew the game out of the water with a nine-run inning. Second baseman Celia Peterson got two runners across the plate with a triple off the fence in left center. Janie Berg follow with a double. Also big bats came from Beth Sturos and third baseman Chelsea Klobucher. Walks and misplayed balls did not help Coca Cola’s cause as the SNB went through their line-up twice.

“We have a bunch of young girls from Hancock who are out here learning the game and having fun,” said Coca Cola’s manager Gary Scholie. “We want to become a better team and keep our skills up for next year.”

Game Two followed a similar pattern. Superior’s player/manager Rosalie Anderson was on the mound for their team while Kaydence Kilpela took to the pitching circle for Coca Cola. Anderson struck out out seven of the first nine batters she faced with her strong fastball.

However, the Coca Cola bats caught up to it in the fourth as Emilie Scholie led off with a walk and advanced on a Tarynn Bray single. They both home on a Brunet double into the gap in center field

After four, the score was 10-2 in favor of SNB.

Superior had another big inning. This time it was the third inning where they scored a whopping seven runs. Of note was a two-run RBI triple off the bat of Molly Berg. Anderson, Klobucher, Karaniemi and Sturos all had base hits as well.

The game was called after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

“The key for us was the bats came alive in both games, and we played through some injuries,” said Anderson. “Vera (Peterson) pitched a complete first game, and overall I was happy with tonight for sure.”

With the victory, SNB moved to 4-0 on the season. Coca Cola is now 0-4.