IRON MOUNTAIN — When a prep softball team scores 22 runs in a doubleheader, chances are that team had a successful day.
That was the case for the Iron Mountain Mountaineers on Tuesday when they swept the Westwood Patriots 14-6 and 8-7 in a pair of Mid-Peninsula Conference games at North Side Field.
The Mountaineers brought the offensive heat right from the start of the opener. After Westwood plated two runs in the top of the first, Iron Mountain answered with one in the first, four in the second, three in both the third and fourth innings and then four more in the fifth.
“We had a lot clean base hits and then aggressive baserunning,” IM second-year varsity head coach Bruce Tapio said.
The eye-catching hit of the first game came off the bat of shortstop Ellison Powell. The junior belted a two-run homer to center that was a no-doubter from the time it left her bat.
And that was the way Powell wanted it, seeing that in her previous at-bat she missed a homer by an inch or two.
“It was exciting, you know,” she said. “And coming from the hit before where (the ball) hit the top of the fence, I was like, ‘I need to get this one.’”
All the supported offense sophomore Ashyln Bal in the circle. Bal went the distance and kept Westwood from making any big comeback.
“She pitched a wonderful game,” Tapio said of his ace. “She kept (mixing locations) and is working on her changeup.”
The Mountaineers’ defense was also on point, very much needed with Westwood sluggers like star shortstop Natalie Prophet.
“Their big hitters were flat-out taken out by our defense,” Tapio said. “Our outfield played wonderful defense tonight.”
In the second game, sophomore McKinlee Peterson started for the Mountaineers and pitched the first four innings, leaving with a 4-2 lead.
Powell then came on to finish the game for Tapio’s squad.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “The girls stayed with it and played very smart and we had good infield (defense).”
STANCHINA HOLDS NIAGARA IN CHECK
NIAGARA, Wis. — Norway hurler Kalli Stanchina threw the complete-game two-hitter while striking out 12 as the Knights defeated Niagara 8-1 on Tuesday in Niagara.
The Knights scored five runs in the fourth to pull away.
Donna VanHolla went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Norway attack. Emma Dube and Hannah Burkland each belted a triple.
Aiva Champeau got both Niagara hits off of Stanchina, a double and a single. She also drove in the Lady Badgers’ lone run.
On Monday, the Lady Badgers took a quick six-run lead on their way to a 6-2 M&O Conference triumph over Gillett-Suring in Niagara.
Abby Wells starred in the circle and at the plate for Niagara. She went the distance, allowing two earned runs, scattering nine hits while striking out 12. She also went 2 for 4 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Mallory Sanicki added a double and a single for the Lady Badgers.