Softball: Kingsford’s 5-run rally in third secures 6-1 win against Menominee

MENOMINEE — The Kingsford Flivvers scored five times in the third inning en route to a 6-1 win over Menominee Thursday.

Both pitchers kept batters off balance early in the game, and neither team scored in the first two innings.

Menominee’s Jen Woods struck out the side in the second inning, but the Flivvers came alive in the third.

“Jen threw really well,” Menominee coach Hannah Bell said. “She kept her pitches low, they just got some hits. They’re a really good hitting team.”

Abbie Meneguzzo led off the rally with a single and Kingsford collected five hits in a row.

Meneguzzo, Tori Kowalkowski, Molly Wahoviak, Sydney Wickman and Sabrina Wickman got the hits and all came around to score.

“(Woods) has good stuff,” Kingsford coach Kevin Murdock said. “She was using that changeup as an out pitch, so we told the girls to be aggressive early in the count, don’t wait for the changeup. We got a lot of hits on the first strike.”

The Maroons got on the board in the fifth inning when Morgan Roman came around on a single by Paige Reiswitz.

Menominee threatened again in the sixth. Woods reached on an error to lead off the inning. Ashley Powell followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no one out, but Kingsford pitcher Cassie Barglind slammed the door shut to keep the Flivvers’ lead at 5-1.

“Our bats were a little cold today, that’s what it came down to,” Bell said.

Barglind pitched well all afternoon for Kingsford.

“Cassie is that kind of player,” Murdock said. “She can have that kind of game where she just pounds the strike zone.”

The Flivvers added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Maggie Strehlow singled and came around to score.

Kingsford 005 000 1 — 6

Menominee 000 010 0 — 1

WP — Barglind 7IP, 1R, 1ER, 3H, 5K, 4W

LP — Woods 7IP, 6R, 4ER, 8H, 6K, 1W

Leading hitters (Kingsford): Kowalkowski 3-4; Strehlow 2-3; (Menominee): Roman 1-2; Powell 1-3