Softball: IMHS ends slump, splits with Flivvers


IRON MOUNTAIN – Iron Mountain pounded 18 hits to win the nightcap and split a doubleheader with rival Kingsford on Thursday.

The nightcap victory ended a four-game slide for the Mountaineers.

Kingsford won the first game 6-4. The Flivvers had seven hits while the Mountaineers had five errors.

Kylie Mitchell was 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Flivvers. Emily Curtis, Tori Kowalkowski and Teagan Petschar had an RBI each.

Claire Mongrain had a single and two RBIs for the Mountaineers. Ella Fortner had an RBI.

Both teams scored three in the first inning. The Flivvers scored an unearned run in the second and the Mountaineers answered with an RBI single by Fortner.

Mitchell’s RBI single in the fifth gave Kingsford the lead. The Flivvers added a run in the second with Mitchell’s RBI double.

Five of Kingsford’s runs were unearned.

Maggie Strehlow pitched for Kingsford and gave up four runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Mongrain pitched for Iron Mountain and gave up six runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Iron Mountain had a couple big innings to take control of the Flivvers in the nightcap.

The seniors led the offensive outburst as Fortner and Emma Thomann had three RBIs for the Mountaineers. Saylor Swartout had two RBIs.

Thomann hit a two-run home run in the sixth as part of Iron Mountain’s five-run inning. Thomann had three hits.

Mongrain, Annslee Runsat, Anna Rittenhouse, Hannah Proudfit and Brionna Tomasoski had an RBI each. Rittenhouse was 4 for 4.

Strehlow and Petschar had two hits each for Kingsford. The Flivvers scored twice in the third and fifth innings.

Kingsford stranded 17 runners on base in the nightcap.

Proudfit pitched 5 2/3 innings for Iron Mountain and gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with seven walks and six strikeouts.

Mongrain threw in relief for 1 1/3 innings and gave up a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.

Abby Terrian started on the mound for Kingsford and gave up nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Curtis threw 2 2/3 innings in relief and gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk.

Iron Mountain is scheduled to host Calumet on Wednesday. The Mountaineers play Menominee in the Division 3 District 66 semifinal at 10 a.m. EDT June 1 in Gladstone. The final is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.

Kingsford faces the winner of Escanaba against Cheboygan at 2 p.m. June 1 in the Division 2 District 33 in Escanaba. The final is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

Game 1

Kingsford 310 010 1 – 6 7 1

Iron Mountain 310 000 0 – 4 8 5

Game 2

Kingsford 112 021 0 – 7 9 5

Iron Mountain 141 305 x – 14 18 2