Superior National Bank, Coca Cola earn split Monday

Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette Coca Cola’s Josie Hembroff swings at a pitch during a game against Superior National Bank Monday in Chassell.

CHASSELL — Superior National Bank (SNB) split Monday night’s doubleheader against Coca Cola in Copper Country Women’s Fastpitch Softball League play. The ladies from Coca Cola took the first game 8-3, and SNB put a 2-0 shutout together in the second game.

Game One belonged to Coca Cola from the start. They charged out to a 5-3 lead in the first three innings. Superior National Bank’s starter Vera Peterson struggled to find the plate. She walked four batters and hit another in those first three frames. Meanwhile big hits came from catcher Sophie Heinonen and pitcher Delaney Heinonen in the second inning. In the third, Kaisa Salani and Emilie Scholie had singles.

Delaney Heinonen pitched well. She threw strikes and forced a lot of infield ground outs when SNB was at bat.

“Their pitching was strong,” said SNB’s player-manager Rosalie Anderson. “It was better than what we’ve seen all year. I think it caught some of our girls off guard.”

Anderson came into the game in the third inning to relieve Peterson. However, the damage was done as the SNB bats couldn’t get going. After three innings, they could not score a fourth run.

Coca Cola played small ball as they tagged on three more one base hit at a time. In the fourth, third baseman Grace Brunet had a single and another one in the fifth for two RBIs.

“I thought the girls did great,” said Coca Cola’s manager Gary Scholie. “They played a complete game bother at the plate and in the field. Errors have been an issue for us but that wasn’t the case today.”

However, the second game was all about SNB’s pitching. The star of the hour was Anderson as she started Game Two. She threw a complete-game shutout which included an impressive 15 strikeouts over seven innings. She had three innings where she struck out the side.

Meanwhile her teammates were able to string together two runs for the win.

Their first run came in the second inning as Molly Berg took first with a walk and promptly stole second. She scored on a hard hit single to the left side by Kim Anderson off of Coca Cola’s starting pitcher, Brunet. Their second tally came in the seventh inning when Chelsea Klobucher singled to right field. She took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a Andrea Kariniemi base hit. She crossed home before Berg hit into a fielders choice at third base to end the frame.

“I was pleased with our defense as well,” said Anderson. “There were times when SNB threatened (with runs) but our girls made the play. To keep a 1-0 lead going into the seventh is a compliment to our defense. They really played on their toes.”

Scholie added that with the win in the first game, Coca Cola has now won four out of their last five games to put them at 5-5 on the season.