Softball roundup: First wins for Bulldogs
HANCOCK – The Hancock softball program made some history Friday night, collecting the first two wins in school history in a doubleheader against Jeffers, 10-0 (5 innings) and 13-12.
In the opener, Carolyn Parker tossed a three-hitter and struck out nine Jets. Mackenzie Brunet went 4-for-4 at the plate and Mary Jarvis went 3-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run.
The Jets led much of game one, but a seven-run fifth inning for Hancock proved decisive. Claire Meyer was the winning pitcher in relief, striking out five in the final four innings.
Heather Huffmaster had a 4-for-4 game and Meyer added two hits.
Ashley Lehto went 4-for-5 for Jeffers in game two.
AURA – Houghton hit the road to sweep a softball doubleheader at L’Anse Friday night.
In the opener, an 8-4 Gremlin victory, Houghton put together five runs in the fourth by taking advantage of four walks and a hit batsman, overcoming a L’Anse run in the top of the inning.
L’Anse pulled two back in the sixth on an RBI fielder’s choice from Jess Rossi and a Kelsey Ross RBI single, but Houghton’s three-run sixth made for more than enough cushion.
Colleen Toorongian got the win, striking out 13. She allowed three earned runs on four hits.
Nicole Rossi took the loss, going 3 1/3 innings, walking five and striking out one.
Houghton pulled away late in game two, expanding on its 6-3 lead after three by racking up fours in each of the last two innings.
The Gremlins had 17 hits (after just three in game one), with Lisa Keskimaki, Anna Gaffney and Toorongian recording three apiece.
Bekah Goodreau was the winning pitcher, striking out eight. She allowed three earned runs on five hits and three walks.
Maegan Kraft took the loss for the Purple Hornets.