ESCANABA - The Escanaba Junior Little League girls softball team coasted to an opening tournament victory Friday, drubbing Kingsford 13-1.
Escanaba, which scored six runs in the first inning at Lemerand Field, will face Iron Mountain North at 2 p.m. today. IM North edged Norway 8-6 in Friday's opener.
Norway plays Kingsford at noon today in the opener. The tourney is scheduled to end Sunday, with games at 2 and 4.
Michelle LaFave of Escanaba slides home safely as the ball gets away from Kingsford pitcher Sam Zandes in the first inning of a Junior Little League tournament game in Escanaba Friday. She scored on a wild pitch. (Daily Press photo by Dennis Grall)
Right fielder Kayla VanPortfleit of Escanaba Junior Girls fields a double by Kingsford's Janey Walters Friday at Lemerand Field in Escanaba. (Daily Press photo by Dennis Grall)
Escanaba allowed just three hits as Callie Heller, Katie Ross and Sam Connor shared pitching duties.
Michelle LaFave and Rebecca Piron had four hits to pace Esky while Connor added three hits and Jenny Laviolette had two hits.
In the opener, IM North scored five runs in the fifth inning with the help of three errors and two walks. IM North had four hits for the game.
Denae Brock and Jade Driscoll split pitching duties for IM North. Brock left in the fourth inning after taking a line drive to the cheek. She was taken to OSF St. Francis Hospital for a checkup but a report was made in the nightcap that she was fine.