IM, Niagara split softball doubleheader

Iron Mountain's Claire Mongrain pitches against Niagara on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Niagara, Wis. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

NIAGARA, Wis. — Iron Mountain and Niagara split a season-opening doubleheader on Tuesday.

The Mountaineers (1-1) won the first game 11-2 and Niagara won the second game 9-4.

“We haven’t had a practice outside yet but it was good to be outside, might have gotten a little sun burn today,” Iron Mountain head coach Dean Lefebvre said.

Claire Mongrain and Annslee Runsat had four hits apiece for Iron Mountain in the first game.

Mongrain had four RBIs and Ella Fortner had three. Runsat scored four times.

Niagara's Jaden Payette pitches against Iron Mountain on Tuesday, Apri 16, 2019, in Niagara, Wis. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

Mongrain pitched for the Mountaineers and gave up two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and five walks.

“We couldn’t touch her,” said Niagara coach Duane Blagec of Mongrain. “It was nice to get outside and out of the gym. Both teams needed it badly.”

Jaden Payette pitched for Niagara and gave up eight runs (six earned) on 12 hits with one strikeout and four walks. Noelle Champagne pitched three relief innings and gave up three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Izzy Wells had a two RBI-single in the fifth inning.

In the second game, Niagara turned the tables with a four-run third inning to expand on a 1-0 lead. The Badgers added three more runs in the fourth.

Wells had three more RBIs and Olivia Brasure had two RBIs in the second game.

The Badgers scored in the first inning on a single by Wells and added four runs in the third with a two RBI-single by Brasure and RBI singles by Wells and Destany Bourasa.

All of Niagara’s seven hits were singles.

Champagne pitched for Niagara and gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Runsat and Mongrain pitched three innings for Iron Mountain. They gave up a combined nine runs (five earned) on seven hits with eight walks and three strikeouts.

Iron Mountain made four errors in the second game.

“Once we dug ourselves a hole we could climb out of it,” Lefebvre said.

Niagara made two errors in the first game and three in the second. Iron Mountain made no errors in the first game.

The doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played at Iron Mountain’s North Field, but the field is still unplayable.

Iron Mountain visits Gladstone on Thursday, while Niagara hosts Wausaukee.

Game 1

Iron Mountain 332 012 0 — 11 19 0

Niagara 000 020 0 — 2 4 2

Game 2

Iron Mountain 000 202 0 — 4 7 4

Niagara 104 301 x — 9 7 3

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