Hard-hitting Copper Kings sweep Lakes
LAKE LINDEN – The bases and the fences at the Boneyard could barely contain the Calumet offense Friday night.
The Kings racked up 34 runs with 15-7 and 19-11 road wins over Lake Linden-Hubbell.
“The girls are definitely squaring up the ball and getting it on the barrel. We found some holes and some other ones were just hard-hit,” Calumet co-coach Luke Peterson said.
In game one, Calumet had 12 extra-base hits, including four doubles, a triple and a home run. In the finale, the Copper Kings had six more doubles.
The biggest club of the game was an Ellen Twardzik homer in game one. The junior first baseman went deep to straightaway center.
“A lot of them are just really good athletes, but the biggest thing is making adjustments. You can work on that stuff in the cage, but once you finally see the pitching you’ve got to adjust to each individual pitcher, and these girls are good enough to start doing that, and that’s the nice thing,” Peterson said.
That said, Lake Linden-Hubbell didn’t have a bad night with the bats, either. The Lakes had six extra-base hits of their own in the twinbill, and coach Jeff Shepeard’s daughter Taylor parked a pitch onto the hood of an SUV over the centerfield fence in the fourth inning of game two.
“We were hitting the ball pretty well. Everybody’s getting more confident with the bats. We still have some errors we’ve got to clean up, but Calumet puts the pressure on you and they keep the pressure on you. From top to bottom, they can hit,” coach Shepeard said.
Surprisingly, it took a little while for things to open up, which Calumet did with six runs in the top of the third, including back-to-back doubles from Selena Stromer and May Beiring.
Twardzik’s shot led off the fifth inning and expanded the Kings’ lead to 8-3.
The Lakes closed to within 9-6 after five, but Calumet finished it off with two in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Morgan Peters came off a busy night Thursday against L’Anse to earn the win in game one.
Stromer had a pair of doubles, Megan Yeo went 2-for-3 and Peters, Twardzik and Emily Lahnala also recorded a pair of hits.
For LL-H, Sarah Audette and Kirsten Codere had two hits apiece.
In game two, Calumet put up four runs in the first and at least two runs in every subsequent inning but the fifth. Not all of the impressive output can be pinpointed to just the batter’s box.
“We always love the aggressive baserunning. You force the other team to make places and a lot of times it’s tough to make plays. I like the baserunning, I like the aggressiveness. Every now and then we’ll get thrown out, but there’s a lot more times we get that extra base and that extra run,” Peterson said.
Yeo had a 4-for-6 game with two doubles. Clara Loukus had two doubles and a single and Jeanne deLongree had a pair of hits.
Lahnala pitched the Kings to the win.
For the Lakes, Taylor Shepeard had two singles and the fourth-inning shot. Jana Hendrickson had a single and a triple and Codere had a pair of base hits. Sarah Audette took the loss in both games.
Both teams are in action again this afternoon: Calumet is at Jeffers (in South Range), while the Lakes return to the Boneyard today to face Hancock.