Escanaba sweeps Kingsford
ESCANABA — It was a clean sweep for the Escanaba softball team Thursday as they took the opener 14-4 and nightcap 9-3 from Kingsford in Escanaba.
The Eskymos took the lead early in the nightcap and never let go.
“I think our dugout was really good today,” Esky coach Andy Fields said. “That’s probably our best attribute right now, our dugout. The girls stay up. When we get down, the girls find a way to get back up.”
In the bottom of the second, Esky added four of its nine runs.
“We came around and battled back offensively in the second game,” Flivvers coach Cori Rice said. “I think our outfield did a good job today with keeping a lot of well-hit balls in front of them.”
To start the fourth, the Flivvers’ Lizzy Cross drew a walk and advanced to second on the groundout just after.
It was Macy Holmes’ line-drive single to center that earned the Flivvers’ first run and RBI of the game as Cross scored.
No one could say Zoie Geronimi didn’t do her part as she stepped up and homered right over center field fence on her second swing to bring in two runs and cut the Flivvers’ deficit to 6-3.
However, they would be the last runs of the game for Kingsford (12-8), and Escanaba added three more in the sixth to seal the game.
Esky’s Nicole Kamin finished with four RBIs and went 3-4 at bat
Mott went the distance for the Eskymos, allowing eight hits, three runs and two walks while striking out five.
Allie Lavarnway finished with two RBIs and two hits, and Holmes added one RBI and one hit.
Escanaba ended the opener in the fifth inning with six runs in the bottom.
Despite the finish, Kingsford started early with two runs in the first thanks to a single from Claire Phillips that scored Lavarnway and Teagan Petschar.
“We cleaned up our defense in the second game for sure,” Rice said. “It was just a lot of little things in the first game. We started off well in the first game, but it seemed like we fell apart in the middle. We were just doing things that were defensively uncharacteristic for us.”
Emily Moore went the distance and earned a win for the Eskymos
Elaina Bortolini took the loss for the Flivvers.
Phillips chipped in two RBIs, and Lavarnway, Phillips and Holmes earned a hit apiece.
Kingsford hosts Gladstone Monday.