Softball: Norway sweeps Mountaineers in MPC clash

Norway center fielder Britta Grayvold makes a catch against Iron Mountain on Thursday in Iron Mountain. (Adam Niemi/The Daily News)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Norway won big against Iron Mountain with a Mid-Peninsula Conference doubleheader sweep on Thursday.

The Knights won by scores of 19-3 and 14-0.

“Too many errors to compete against a team of Norway’s caliber,” Iron Mountain coach Dean Lefebvre said. “They are a good, disciplined team.”

The Knights collected 12 team hits in the second game, a 19-3 win. All of Norway’s hits were singles.

Jordan Kraemer hit a three-run homerun in the second inning. It was her third at-bat of the inning. The Knights scored 17 runs on nine hits in the inning.

Iron Mountain made seven errors in the game.

Kaitlyn Henderson hit a single to right field and rounded the bases to score on a Norway error.

Iron Mountain had four hits in the loss.

Paige Fortner had an RBI single and Saylor Swartout had an RBI double in the third inning.

Britta Grayvold, Holly Mattia and VanHolla each had two of Norway’s 10 hits. Sheski added a triple.

Norway was issued 10 walks.

Emma Thomann and Henderson pitched for the Mountaineers, giving up a combined 19 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits with nine walks and one strikeout.

Mariah Gyselink pitched for Norway, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

In the first game, Norway scored in each of the first three innings en route to a 14-0 win. The Knights scored eight runs in the third to pad a 11-0 lead.

Kraemer also hit a three-run homerun in the first game to help the Knights’ offense. Norway had seven team hits to Iron Mountain’s four.

Kayte Casanova doubled twice for two of Norway’s eight hits. Cassidy Menard added a double and Karli Stanchina scored three runs.

Saylor Swartout doubled for the Mountaineers.

Henderson and Fortner pitched for Iron Mountain, surrendering 14 runs (13 earned) on seven hits with 15 walks and two strikeouts.

Alli Sheski pitched for Norway, giving up four hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

“When you struggle pitching, the rest of the team begins to struggle with the fundamentals,” Lefebvre said.

The Mountaineers made three errors in the loss.

Iron Mountain and Norway play at the Mid-Peninsula Conference tournament Saturday at Negaunee.

Iron Mountain was coming off a doubleheader sweep over Manistique on Tuesday.

The Mountaineers scored five runs in the first two innings and held off the Emeralds 5-3 in the first game.

Paige Fortner doubled for one of her two hits. She also knocked in two runs.

“We were able to get five quick runs and then our defense held solid,” Lefebvre said.

The Mountaineers coach cited Henderson for striking out a Manistique batter with the bases-loaded and two-out in the seventh inning.

Henderson had four hits and Ella Fortner added three as the Mountaineers downed the Emeralds 17-5 in the second game. Reighan Johnson contributed two doubles in the 17-hit attack.

“Slow start but then our bats woke up a bit,” Lefebvre said. “New pitcher for Manistique had a different pitching style and it took our girls bit to dial in.

“Then Mackenzie Swanson hit a homer out of left field. That hit was right into the wind and I thought it would have a hard time but it crossed the fence with ease.”