CHISHOLM- Sixth-seeded North Woods rolled over host and third-seed Chisholm 15-7 in first round 7A sectional tournament action on Tuesday, but the win was less an upset and more a young team coming …
CHISHOLM- Sixth-seeded North Woods rolled over host and third-seed Chisholm 15-7 in first round 7A sectional tournament action on Tuesday, but the win was less an upset and more a young team coming of age at the right time of the season.
Chisholm won a May 11 matchup 10-0 during a stretch where North Woods lost seven of eight games.
But North Woods entered Tuesday’s contest on a four-game win streak, including a 15-14 road win over 7AA Mesabi East on May 27 and a solid 6-0 home throttling of Nashwauk-Keewatin on May 28.
The Grizzlies were merciless on offense, decimating three Chisholm pitchers with 25 hits in seven innings, including a three-RBI double by Karah Schofield.
North Woods batters did the most damage in a seven-run outburst in the third that staked the Grizzlies to an 8-1 lead. Addy Burckhardt got things rolling with an RBI single. Then Helen Koch followed suit, the first of four consecutive Grizzlies who drove runs across the plate. Avery Thiel slugged a two-run single, Brynn Simpson picked up her second RBI single, and Skyler Yernatich slapped a hard single that brought home two more runs.
Scofield’s hit came in the sixth with the bases loaded, two out, and the Grizzlies up 9-3. After falling behind in the count, Scofield ripped her double to add three to the board.
Holding onto a 12-6 lead, North Woods pitcher Evelyn Brodeen helped her own cause in the top of the seventh with another bases-loaded double that drove in two runs, and an RBI single by Hannah Cheney topped off the Grizzlies’ scoring. Chisholm scored a solitary run in the bottom of the inning for the 15-7 North Woods win.
Brodeen picked up the complete game win, collecting four strikeouts while giving up 15 hits. Nine Grizzlies chalked up RBIs in the slugfest.
The Grizzlies’ reward for the win was a second-round matchup on Thursday morning against second-seed South Ridge in Cloquet. North Woods was assured of a second game on Thursday, win or lose, due to the double-elimination format.