Negaunee bats too much for IM

IRON MOUNTAIN – Negaunee’s Anderson sisters starred on the mound and at the plate, as the Miners posted a doubleheader softball sweep of Iron Mountain at North side Field Wednesday.

Senior Rosalie Anderson tossed three innings of one-hit, no-walk ball in the opener, striking out five, while junior Adena Anderson had a two-inning stint in Game 2, giving up no hits and no walks while fanning four. Negaunee won 12-0 and 20-0 in the pair of five-inning contests.

Rosalie and Adena each smacked home runs, while Taylor Ring added a third Negaunee long ball in the doubleheader. Adena Anderson’s shot was a grand slam.

“I think we were a little shell-shocked from the hitting power of Negaunee,” Mountaineers coach Dean Lefebvre said. “This being our first year, these girls are seeing a different level of play. The speed of the game and the power of the hitters is at different level than that of Little League. A player must be committed to getting better to survive at this level of play. I think our girls are starting to understand that.”

Lefebvre said the number of errors committed by the Mountaineers decreased from earlier in the week.

“We just have to get our bats to wake up,” he added. “I am just happy to see these girls want to play and get better at the game. For every error there is a positive play, we just need to have our positive plays out number our errors”.

Lefebvre acknowledged the improved play of Jackie Dantes, Lara Hakamaki and Ally Weslin. He also thanked the fans for coming out to watch the games.

“The attendance is great for our first season,” he said. “And thanks to True Value and NAPA in Kingsford for their help in getting out field ready to play during this wonderful spring weather.”

Iron Mountain will host Ishpeming Friday.