Softball roundup: Knights split against Westwood

ISHPEMING — Norway unleashed a 27-hit attack in the first game and defeated Westwood 20-8 in Mid-Peninsula Conference softball Thursday.

A two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning sent the Patriots past the Knights 12-11 in the second game.

“Two quality games,” said Norway Coach Bob Bal. “It’s nice to play good competition. It only makes us better. The bats were alive in the first game and cooled off a little in the second.”

In the opener, Norway (16-10, 7-3) snapped a 7-7 tie with 13 runs in the seventh inning.

Jordan Kraemer and Britta Grayvold each tallied four hits in the game. Jada Lasater, Ada VanHolla, Karli Stanchina, Kayte Casanova, Holly Mattia and Jenna Johnson each had three.

Grayvold doubled three times while Kraemer added two. Stanchina had a triple.

Norway pitcher Maria Gyselinck allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked six.

Westwood had 14 hits to Norway’s 13 in the second game.

Grayvold paced the Knights with a home run, double and single. Lasater added a triple and double and Alli Sheski also had two hits. Stanchina and Johnson also contributed doubles.

Westwood held a 6-1 lead before Norway tied the game with five runs in the third inning. The Knights scored two runs in the sixth inning for an 11-10 lead.

Norway travels to Niagara this afternoon.

Niagara edges Crivitz

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara scored six runs in the sixth inning and defeated Crivitz 10-7 in M&O Conference softball Thursday at Riverside Park.

The Badgers (8-7, 7-5 M&O) built a 4-1 lead before the Wolverines scored four times in the fifth. Niagara answered by scoring six runs in the sixth after two were out.

Crivitz’s Talor Long hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

Taylor Tushoski had four of Niagara’s 15 hits. Allison Wells added three hits while Sydney Loukus and Abi McCarthy each had two. Tushoski and Wells each doubled twice.

“That’s the most hits we’ve had all year,” said Niagara coach Duane Blagec. “I’m excited about that.”

The Badgers also used a new pitching battery with Jayden Payette and catcher Peyton Aderman on the injured list. Blagec hopes to have them back for Monday’s games at Wausaukee.

Niagara freshman pitcher Jasmine Racine, working with freshman catcher Destany Bourassa, permitted 11 hits and struck out two. Neither pitcher walked a batter.

“Jasmine stepped in and pitched a heck of a game,” Blagec said.

Niagara and Norway will play a non-conference doubleheader today at Riverside Park.

Three Lakes beats Florence

PHELPS, Wis. — Emma Bushey pitched a four-hitter and Three Lakes/Phelps downed Florence 14-3 in Northern Lakes Conferece softball Thursday.

Bushey struck out three and walked one. Bailey Apfel, Kathleen Selden, Maddie Neuens and Taylor Schuls each singled for the Bobcats (2-8, 2-6).

“We hit the ball pretty good but right at them,” said Florence Coach Dan Robinson.

The Bluejays, who tallied 12 hits in the game, scored four runs in the first inning. They tacked on three runs in the second, four in the third and three in the fourth.

Florence plated two runs in the third inning and one in the fifth.

The Bobcats will scrimmage Forest Park today and host Goodman-Pembine on Monday.