Tough sweep: SNB earns sweep in doubleheader

Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette Superior National Bank’s Vera Peterson swings at a pitch during a game against Northern Michigan Land Brokers Monday in Chassell.

CHASSELL — Superior National Bank (SNB) took both games against Northern Michigan Land Brokers (NMLB) in Copper County Women’s Fastpitch Softball action on Monday at Chassell Field. SNB won the first game in a very tight affair, 3-2, and took the second going away, 7-1.

The first game could be best described as a pitching duel as SNB’s Rosalie Anderson faced NMLB’s Melissa Baker. Anderson recorded an impressive 14 strikeouts for the win. This included at least one strikeout for each of the seven innings. In the second and fourth innings, she struck out the side.

Meanwhile, Baker fanned nine SNB batters over the course of seven innings.

It took six innings before either team crossed home plate. In the top of that frame, Anderson struggled to find the strike zone. She walked four in row to NMLB their first run of the game. An error by SNB’s catcher caused another run to come in and the score was 2-0.

However, NMLB could not hold them in the sixth as SNB got three runs. Vera Peterson started the rally with a base hit. Then, Celia Peterson and Anderson got on with errors and that scored Peterson.

The bases were loaded for Rachael Huotari who smacked one to third baseman Caroline Peterson who overthrew the ball to first allowing two more runs to come in. Superior National Bank now led 3-2.

“That was a bad inning for us,” said Baker, NMLB’s player-manager. “There were too many errors. It was like once one person had an error every wanted one so that that first person did not feel as bad. We need to clean up our errors.”

In the seventh, NMLB had their chances as Kricia Jenkins and Alana Nolan both had base hits and Baker walked setting the stage for Shea Donnelly to win the game with just one out. However she grounded out to the pitcher and Anna Gaffney followed with a ground out to the second baseman to end the game.

In the second game, it just took three innings for either team to get on the scoreboard. This time, it was SNB who tallied two runs in the third inning. Larissa Anderson smashed a Caroline Parker pitch to left center for a RBI triple that scored Molly Berg. Jonna Berg followed with an RBI double that brought in Anderson.

In the bottom of the third, NMLB got their only run when Baker walked and come in on a Donnelly double to center field. After three, it was 2-1 in favor of SNB.

However, SNB’s bats did not take a rest in the fourth as they went through their lineup and scored five runs one single at a time. Molly Berg and Larissa Anderson started the hit parade with back-to-back singles. Two batters later, Vera Peterson and Rosalie Anderson had base hits and two batters after them Kim Aho and Beth Sturos each did the same. At that point, the score was 7-1, which was held up when the game ended.

Larissa Anderson got the complete-game win for SNB with nine strikeouts and five walks.

“Everybody just played together, and it was fun,” said SNB’s player-manager Rosalie Anderson. “It was fun in the first game to battle for seven innings. In the second game, our bats came alive and we kept everybody moving on the base paths which was good to see.”

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