Superior sweep: Superior National Bank takes both ends of doubleheader
CHASSELL — Rain held off for a doubleheader in Copper Country Women’s Fastpitch Softball League play between Superior National Bank and Crush/Diamond House International/ Baby E’s BBQ at Chassell Field Wednesday. SNB took advantage of the situation, earning wins in both games, 8-2 and 14-1.
“We had pretty good fielding,” said pitcher and left fielder Vera Peterson of Superior National Bank. “We held them to a pretty low score. Rosalie (Kangas) was on fire at shortstop, so that was good. I think we just held them good on defense.”
SNB’s Andrea Kariniemi got the first run of the night by first getting on base with a double. She then came home on a sacrifice.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Crush got on the board themselves as Sarah Audette walked and later scored on a double by Fayah Zapolnik as she beat a throw home with a slide.
Peterson reached and later scored in the third to put SNB back up 2-1.
In the fourth, SNB broke the game open with five runs. Jonna Berg got it started by walking to lead off. Rosalie Kangas got on base. Rachael Huotari singled as did Chelsea Klobacher. All four scored.
Peterson singled and scored on a single by Kariniemi to put SNB up 7-1.
“I feel like that (fifth inning) just pumped us up, so we just kept it going a little bit,” said Peterson. “I think we were ready for the game to be done at the end, but it was fun.”
In the bottom of the fourth, Crush got one run back as Kierstyn Codere singled and later scored on a sacrifice.
Peterson scored her third and final run of the game in the sixth.
In the nightcap, SNB held Crush to just one run in the contest. Mackenzie LePage singled and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Kierstyn Codere in the fourth.
“We played good,” said Crush manager Curtis Kinnunen. “We hit the ball right to everybody. We hit the ball into the outfield. Our hitting was good and we put the ball into play, but we just didn’t hit the balls into holes.
“We’ve just got to clean up our errors and we should be good.”
For SNB, things went well almost immediately. Molly Anderson and Klobacher both reached first. Huotari and Kim Aho both singled. Jonna Berg doubled. Janie Berg singled. Kariniemi singled and Peterson walked. All eight baserunners scored.
Things went quiet for SNB after the big inning until the fourth, when Klobacher got things going with a single.
Huotari singled. Aho reached first. Jonna Berg walked. Kariniemi singled and Peterson homered as SNB scored another six runs in the inning.
Both teams will play again on Monday.
“(We need to) just keep having fun and do what we need to do what we do,” Peterson said. “I feel like our defense is doing really good so if we just keep that up (by) stopping all the grounders, we’ll do fine.”
“We just have to get our hitting rolling a little bit more,” said Kinnunen.