Prep softball: Tigers play Bloomer in HON showdown
Tigers come in having shut out 11 opponents this spring.
The Northwestern softball team is 15-1 this spring with 11 shutouts and is 13-1 in the Heart O’ North Conference.
This Thursday, May 27, the Tigers host Bloomer at 4 p.m. in a doubleheader at Brule in a game that has all the makings of a showdown.
Bloomer comes in at 15-2 overall and 13-0 in the HON.
Northwestern’s only loss was a 2-1 setback May 8 at Hayward.
Tigers pitcher Alison Luoma was player of the year in the Heart O’ North Conference two years ago as a sophomore, while shortstop Ruby Moore is another top player. She was named all-Lake Superior Conference two years ago as a freshman at Superior.
Northwood/Solon Springs holds on for win; stays unbeaten
Kyra Latvala had two hits and two runs and Zoey Vaara had two hits and two RBIs as Northwood/Solon Springs built a big lead and then held on to remain unbeaten by defeating Flambeau 10-9 Tuesday, May 26, in Solon Springs.
NSS (13-0) led 7-2 through three innings before Flambeau came back with two runs in the fourth and four in the sixth as the game came down to the wire. The teams combined for more runs (19) than hits (16) but also had nine errors. Zoey Vaara went the distance to get the pitching win, with only two of Flambeau’s nine runs being earned.
“Flambeau came to play with a great attitude and never gave up even when we were up early,” NSS coach Dale Rajala said. “We let some mistakes carry over into the later innings and it almost cost us the game. Muree Ahlberg and Kayla Schultz, our seniors, really helped pull us through with some big plays and hits when we needed them. Zoey Vaara also made some big pitches at the end of the game.”
Tuesday, May 25, Result
Northwood/Solon Springs 10, Flambeau 9
WP: Zoey Vaara 7IP, 9R (2ER), 8H, 3K, 0BB. NSS: Kayla Schultz H, 2R, RBI; Annika Patrick 2R; Muree Ahlberg H, 2RBIs; Kyra Latvala 2H (2B), 2R; Vaara 2H (2B), 2RBIs; Izzy Golembiewski R, 2BB, RBI. Flambeau: A. Bratanich 2H, R; Applebee 2H, 3R, RBI; M. Martin 2H, 3R, RBI.
Monday, May 24, Result
Northwood/Solon Springs 16, Clear Lake 4
WP: Zoey Vaara 6.2IP, 4R (0ER), 6H, 6K, 0BB. NSS: Kayla Schultz 2H, 3R, BB, RBI; Annika Patrick H, 4R, BB, RBI; Muree Ahlberg 2R; Kelsey Schultz 2RBIs; Emma Golembiewski H, R, 2RBIs; Kyra Latvala 3H, 2R, 3RBIs; Vaara H 2RBIs; Bailey Monson 2H, 2R; Lily Borst 2BB, R. CL: Hadal 2H, R; Strenke 2H, RBI.