IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain varsity softball notched the program's first victory Friday at Northside Field, outlasting Gwinn 13-11 in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Modeltowners took a 20-3 win in the second game.
Caitlin Johnson went the distance for Iron Mountain in the opener, allowing five hits and seven walks while striking out eight.
The Mountaineers scored three runs in the third, three runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth.
First inning hits included Alena Herman and Ally Weslin. Paige Fortner doubled in the third, and Cassie Fiera singled. Herman singled in the fourth while Johnson and Fortner both singled in the fifth.
Game 2 for the Mountaineers was more like a pitching tryout.
"With the loss of Lara Hakamaki and us having three games in Escanaba on Saturday, I did not want to burn out Johnson," Mountaineers coach Dean Lefebvre said.
Denae Brock, Fortner and Marti Pirkola all took turns on the mound.
"I am learning that having several speed ball pitchers is the key to survive at this level," Lefebvre said. "It's my goal for the future of this program to develop several pitchers."
Mountaineers travel to Westwood on Monday.
Flivvers gain experience
PULASKI, Wis. - Kingsford, playing in the Pulaski Invitational varsity softball tournament here Saturday, picked up one win with a 13-12, eight-inning decision over Three Lakes.
The Flivvers opened the tournament with an 11-1 setback to host Pulaski and finished with a 9-1 loss to Freedom.
"This was a good tournament for us," Flivvers coach Kevin Murdock said. "We got a good look at all of our girls and they played pretty well.
"We saw a different brand of softball and the situations that we were in showed some of our strengths and some of our weaknesses. This tournament will help us become a better team."
In the win against Three Lakes, the Flivvers scored two in the top of th eighth and pitcher Mariah Clement held Three Lakes off in the bottom of the eighth for the victory.
Clement went the distance for the Flivvers, allowing nine hits, four walks and striking out five.
At the plate, the Flivvers opened with a five-run first Clement, Sabrina Wickman, Lorna Caron, Janey Walters, and Abby Tomasoski all had two hits for Kingsford. Wickman, Walters and Clement all hit doubles.
Against Freedom, the Flivvers were held off the scoreboard until the final inning. Lacey Walsh pitched the whole way, surrendering 11 hits and five walks while striking out one. Walters had Kingsford's lone extra-base hit with a double.
In the opener against Pulaski the Flivvers were limited to just two hits, one of those a double by Walters.
Emily Murdock threw the first four innings. She was tagged for 11 hits, walking two and fanning two.
Kingsford (9-6) was scheduled to host Ishpeming this afternoon at Lodal Park.