Norway rips Emeralds

MANISTIQUE – Norway, powered by the pitching of Harlie Caster and Ashley Zanon, swept Manistique, 6-0 and 9-2, in Mid-Peninsula Conference softball Wednesday.

The Knights (12-3 overall, 8-0 MPC) face Iron Mountain today. They travel Friday to Negaunee and Tuesday to Ishpeming.

Caster pitched a one-hitter with two strikeouts and three walks. The defense had no errors.

Offensively, Brandi Strong and Britta Grayvold each rapped two hits. Key hits were from Lindsey DeBernardi, a two-run single in the top of the fourth for a 3-0 lead, and Caster, a two-run double in the fifth.

Norway produced seven hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.

In the second game, Zanon flipped a three-hitter with two strikeouts and five walks. The Knights had three errors.

Norway jumped out to 6-0 lead after three innings.

Grayvold paced the Knights with three hits with four others getting two of the team’s 11 hits.

“Harlie and Ashley pitched great, our defense was solid, and we had some girls really step up on offense,” Norway Coach Scott Conery said. “This was another tough conference game and the girls really responded in a big way, making plays all over the field.”

… In Niagara, Wis., Niagara took a doubleheader from Iron Mountain Wednesday at Riverside Park, winning 10-6 in the first game and 13-4 in the second. Both contests were scheduled for five innings.

“Coach Lefebvre, coach Blomquist and coach Newberry have that Iron Mountain program heading the right direction,” Niagara coach Duane Blagec said. “They are quality coaches, that ship will sail.”

Game one was a see-saw battle. Iron Mountain grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second before Niagara answered with two in the bottom half of the frame. A three-run third had Niagara up 6-2, but Iron Mountain rallied for four in the fourth to tie it up 6-6. The Lady Badgers put the game away by answering with four of their own in the bottom of the fifth.

Iron Mountain loaded the bases in the fifth but was unable to cash in any more runs.

Marah Harvath pitched for the win for Niagara, allowing four hits, five walks and striking out four. Denae Brock took the loss, surrendering six hits and four walks while striking out two.

Kate Nawn hit two doubles for Niagara. Harvath added two singles, and Maria Miller poked a single and a double.

Alena Herman led IM with a single and a double.

Game 2 gave both squads a chance to sample several pitchers. Brook Ermi, Peyton Aderman, Nawn and Miller pitched for Niagara, while Caitlin Johnson, Marti Pirkola and Paige Fortner took the circle for Iron Mountain.

Iron Mountain got hits from Abby Theisen and Fortner. Niagara totaled five knocks, led by two singles from Ali Biehl. Aderman, KSandra Urbanek and MacKenzie Mccarthy also had hits.

Niagara faces Coleman tonight. Iron Mountain plays at Norway.