Flivvers split with Houghton

KINGSFORD – Kingsford earned a split against Houghton in a softball doubleheader, winning game one 3-2 before falling 11-7 in the second contest.

“It was two very good games against a very solid team,” Flivvers coach Kevin Murdock said. “I was very happy with our ability to win a close game – we really bounced back from Saturday’s games.”

Kingsford, behind the pitching and hitting of Emily Murdock, used a three-run third to take the lead in the first game.

Murdock led the way two hits, while Maria Wiltzius, Janay Walters and Sammie Zander each added another. Murdock went the full seven innings in the circle, allowing just three hits while striking out six.

Maria Clement took the loss in game two.

Houghton busted a 2-2 tie with a four-run third and followed with four more in the fourth.

“The second game we did a nice job hitting the ball,” Murdock said. “We just needed that one more hit to get us over that hump. We battled hard to put ourselves in a position to win several times but just couldn’t get that next hit. It will happen.”

Janay Walters led the Flivver offense with two more hits, a triple and a double.

“She hit the ball really well tonight,” Murdock said.

Wiltzius, Lorna Caron, Brooke Sanford, Savanna Ventimiglia, Clement, Zander and Whitney Wender all added singles.

The Flivvers host Westwood for a doubleheader Wednesday. Game time at Lodal Park is 3:45.

Game 1

Houghton000 100 1 – 2

Kingsford003 000 X – 3

Game 2

Houghton024 401 0 – 11

Kingsford022 201 0 – 7

In Norway, hosting for the first time this season, the Knights thumped Stephenson 21-7 and 19-7, pounding out 25 hits in the doubleheader.

“The girls are really playing well the last few games and hopefully we can keep building on that,” Knights coach Scott Conery said.

Bailey Grayvold belted two home runs on the afternoon. Her first, a shot over the left field fence, helped the Knights to a 12-0 lead in the first game.

Bobbi Hulce added an inside-the-park homer in that contest.

Ashley Zanon pitched for the game one victory.

Norway led 10-0 in the second game, Grayvold clubbing a three-run shot in that one.

The Knights will be busy this week, hosting the Escanaba jayvee team this afternoon before welcoming Gwinn on Thursday, and Superior Central on Friday.