Final-inning rally sends Flivvers to softball sweep

By RON DEUTER

Sports Editor

KINGSFORD – Kingsford rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete a doubleheader softball sweep of Norway Monday at Lodal Park.

The Flivvers won 4-2 in the first game before outlasting Norway 14-13 in a wild game two. The games were the first outdoor contests of the spring for both teams.

Janey Walters delivered the game-winning hit in the second contest, poking a grounder through the left side to bring home Emily Murdock, who had doubled in two runs earlier in the inning to tie the game 13-13.

Norway, which led 6-1 after two innings, needed a four run rally in the top of the seventh to extend the game. Lindsey Debernardi broke an 11-11 tie when she dinked a shallow pop behind first base with two out.

Rachel Conery and Bobbi Hulce each had three hits for the Knights in the second game, both players connecting for doubles. Ashley Zanon added two more hits with another Norway double, as the Knights scored five times in the second to build their early lead.

It was 9-3 Norway before Kingsford started its comeback in the bottom of the fifth.

A two-run double by Walters cut into the advantage initially before a six-run sixth gave Kingsford its first lead of the game. A two-run double by Murdock was the big blow of the sixth, a frame extended in part by Norway errors.

The Flivvers pounded out 17 hits in the second contest after totaling just six in the game one victory. Murdock collected four of her five hits in game two, finishing with three doubles for the day. Sabrina Wickman had three singles in game two. Walters, Maria Wiltzius and Lorna Caron all collected two hits in the game.

Lacey Walsh pitched 6 1/3 innings for the Flivvers in game two, giving way to Murdock for the final two outs of the seventh. Walsh fanned three, while Murdock whiffed two.

Zanon took the loss. She had three strikeouts.

A three-run first gave Kingsford all it needed in game one. Walters doubled in the first run, and Brandi Winkler brought in two more with two-out double later in the inning. Winkler plated the Flivvers fourth run with a groundout in the third.

Murdock earned the complete-game victory in the circle, allowing six hits while striking out nine. She walked just one.

Jacey Bal got the Knights on the board in the second inning with a RBI single. She had two hits in the game. A single by Britta Grayvold in the sixth inning scored Harlie Castor with the second run. Castor, who shouldered the loss, had led of the inning with a double.

Kingsford (3-2) shows a roster of 18 players for its second season of varsity softball. The team is led by its group of 10 juniors: Libby Lee, Emily Murdock, Sierra Fayas, Molly Meneguzzo, Janay Walters, Lacey Walsh, Maria Wiltzius, Lorna Caron, Sadie Ventimiglia, Bonnie Huse. Sophomores include Mariah Clement and Brandie Winkler. Katherine Mentel, Tori Walters, Abby Tomasoski, Sabrina Wickman, Sydney Wickman and Katy Hicks make up the freshmen.

The Flivvers are scheduled to host Westwood for a doubleheader Thursday. Norway (1-4) hosts Ishpeming Thursday. A doubleheader against Westwood scheduled for today was postponed. A full preview on the defending Mid-Peninsula Conference champion Knights will run in The Daily News later this week.

Game 1

Norway 010 000 1 – 2

Kingsford 301 000 0 – 4

Game 2

Norway 151 200 4 – 13

Kingsford 012 026 3 – 14