Tigers notch 2 wins
The Northwestern High School baseball and softball teams both picked up WIAA playoff wins Friday.
The Tiger baseball team had to wait an extra day for its 11-4 win over the Spooner Rails when their game was rained out Thursday in Iron River.
The game was eventually played Friday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior.
The NHS softball team’s game with the Cumberland Beavers went on as scheduled with the Tigers coming out on top 4-0.
The Tigers scored all of their runs in the fourth inning then relied on the pitching of freshman Allison, who picked up the two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and one walk.
On offense, Mac Correll had two of the Tigers’ seven hits, including a double, and Madysin Rossman knocked in two of Northwestern’s runs.
Tory Anderson and Jayda Klobucher also doubled, and Alyssa Little, Brecken Oswskey and Rossman all singled.
Anderson scored Northwestern’s first run when she led off the fourth with a double, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.
Karsyn Jones made it 2-0 when she scored on Little’s bunt single; and Rossman followed with her two-run single that scored Klobucher and Little.
Green took the loss for Cumberland, finishing with nine strikeouts and two walks.
The Tigers (16-5) get another home game in the playoffs and will host No. 4 Amery, which upset No. 1 Bloomer 8-3.
The sectional semifinal game is at 5 p.m. today in Brule. The winner advances to the sectional championship game Thursday in Cumberland.
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Jake Brill had the hot bat for the Tigers with a two-run home run, three-run double and single.
Justin Sedin was the winning pitcher, striking out seven batters through the first six innings before getting relief help from Gabe Beeksma, who pitched the seventh inning.
Sedin also helped his own cause on offense with four hits and Nolan Gustafson chipped in with two RBIs.
Spooner held leads of 3-0 and 4-2 before Northwestern tied it up in the fourth inning and pulled away from the Rails with a seven-run fifth inning.
The Tigers (13-6) advance to play at No. 1 Ashland at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will play again Wednesday against either Rice Lake or Hayward.
TIGER TALES: Northwestern and Ashland didn’t play during the regular season. Their game scheduled for April 10 was snowed out.
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