FIELD TWP- The North Woods softball team apparently has Ely’s number this season, as the Grizzlies racked up another lopsided win against the Timberwolves last Thursday, 12-2. The Wolves drew …
FIELD TWP- The North Woods softball team apparently has Ely’s number this season, as the Grizzlies racked up another lopsided win against the Timberwolves last Thursday, 12-2.
The Wolves drew first blood in this one, with pinch runner Julia Zgonc scoring on a line drive double by Rachel Coughlin in the first. That would be one of only two hits on the day given up by Grizzlies’ hurler Evelyn Brodeen.
North Woods wasted no time taking control of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Addie Burckhardt reached base on a fielding error, and after stealing second came around to score on another Wolves’ error. Skyler Yernatich was the next Grizzly to reach on an Ely miscue, and a double by River Cheney gave North Woods runners at second and third. Brodeen helped her own cause by lifting a double to left, scoring Yernatich and Cheney to give North Woods a 3-1 lead.
North Woods struck again in the third, and again it was Brodeen who delivered, this time with an RBI single that brought Cheney across the plate.
Ely has been prone this season to giving up big innings, and that was again the case in a six-run fourth for North Woods. Cheney smashed a highlight reel home run that cleared the center field fence with plenty of room to spare, sending Yernatich home ahead of her. Errors continued to plague Ely as the Grizzlies plated four more runs in the inning.
The Wolves scratched across another run in the top of the fifth, with Ella Perish reaching on an error and coming around to score on a single by Makenzi Huntington. But no rally was in the offing, as Grizzlies second baseman Karah Scofield snuffed out the side with an easy play on a Clare Thomas grounder.
Helen Koch got North Woods going in the bottom of the fifth when she was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on two passed balls, and came home to score on yet another Ely error. Cheney stepped to the plate with Yernatich in scoring position at third and gave North Woods the ten-run lead they needed to end the game with a scorching double to center field.
Brodeen went the distance for the win, allowing only two hits and two runs while striking out three. Zoe MacKenzie took the loss for Ely, giving up 10 runs, only two of them earned as the Wolves committed 10 errors on the day. North Woods tagged the Wolves’ hurler for 10 hits.
Cheney, Burckhardt, Yernatich and Brodeen all managed multiple hits in the contest. Cheney was three for four at the plate with a pair of doubles and a homer.