FIELD TWP- In a duel between two hot pitchers, North Woods hurler Evelyn Brodeen got the support she needed from her teammates to come out on top 3-1 against Cromwell in first-round sectional tourney …
FIELD TWP- In a duel between two hot pitchers, North Woods hurler Evelyn Brodeen got the support she needed from her teammates to come out on top 3-1 against Cromwell in first-round sectional tourney action at North Woods on Tuesday.
Cromwell scored their lone run in the first inning on a pair of North Woods errors and a passed ball, but after that Brodeen and the Grizzlies defense were solid, with the Cardinals managing just five hits, none of which brought home a run.
North Woods tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Skyler Yernatich reached base when she was hit by a pitch and came around to score when River Cheney hammered a double to left field.
The Grizzlies took the lead in the third after Zoey Burckhardt singled and advanced to second on a single by Helen Koch. Yernatich got another clutch single to drive home Burckhardt.
Brodeen helped her own cause by contributing to an insurance run in the sixth. Cheney reached on a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. When Brodeen shot a single into center field, Cheney had the green light from Head Coach Dee Ann Sandberg to race for home and score.
Brodeen was zoned in on her pitch locations, ringing up six strike outs while not allowing a walk. Cheney led the Grizzlies at the plate, going three-for-three with an RBI and a run scored.
Sandberg was pleased to see how her team has progressed over the short season.
“I’ve seen a lot of improvement and they’ve really worked hard in this last half of the season,” she said. “It would have helped to get to play 20 games instead of half of them. Hopefully we can just keep going and get some wins.”
Seeded eighth, the Grizzlies advanced to Thursday’s second round against top-seeded Moose Lake/Willow River.
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