Softball: IM’s Hakamaki hurts ankle, out for season

IRON MOUNTAIN – Iron Mountain, two outs away from its first victory in program history, bowed to Ishpeming 15-12 in the first game of doubleheader Friday at Northside Field.

The Hematites took a 22-7 decision in the second game, as the Mountaineers lost focus after a severe ankle injury to Lara Hakamaki.

In the third inning of a 5-5 ballgame, Hakamaki was stealing third base when she broke her ankle sliding into the bag.

“I was standing right there and heard the snap,” Mountaineers head coach Dean Lefebvre said. “I knew it wasn’t good.

“After Lara left for the hospital our girls could not get their minds back into the game.”

Hakamaki had surgery to pin her ankle Saturday morning and will be out for the season.

“This is a huge loss for our young program,” Lefebvre said. “She was our top pitcher. Lara will be missed on the field, but as soon as she is up to it, will be joining us in the dugout for the rest of the season.

“I told the girls at the end of the game that adversity will always present itself. It’s how you deal with adversity, that defines you as a player.”

In the first game, the Mountaineers were led by a Caitlin Johnson base hit in the first. The Mountaineers held a 12-11 lead in the top of seventh inning before falling.

“We were two outs away from our first win of the season, then the error monster showed up,” Lefebvre said. “The game was Ishpeming’s first time outside on a field and it took till until the final innings for their bats to wake up.”

Ishpeming pitcher Sinead Korvela kept the Mountaineer batters busy with her fast ball most of the game.

The Mountaineers travel to Negaunee on Tuesday.