MARQUETTE - The Rapid River Rockets, untimidated by the higher division Marquette Redettes, earned a softball split Monday evening, winning the nightcap 7-1 after dropping the opener 3-2.
The Rockets broke open a 1-1 game in the nightcap with five runs in the fifth when Dominique Pavlat hit a bases-loaded triple.
"That released a lot of pressure off everyone on the team," said Rockets manager George Kanyuh. "That late in the game, that was huge. It gave us a lot of momentum. It was a big turning point in that game."
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Rapid River High School’s Erica Rubick catches the ball getting the Marquette batter out during the first game of a doubleheader Monday at Lions Field in Marquette Township.
In the bottom of the inning, the Redettes also loaded the bases but failed to score.
Erika Schwartz earned the win, strikout out three and walking none while scattering four hits.
"She had a real nice outing," said Kanyuh of Pavlat. "She was hitting her spots."
Senior Savannah Stenlund had two hits and scored two runs and Rhiley Hubert had two hits and scored a run.
Sophomore Jillian "Bean" Frye of Marquette had two hits but it wasn't enough as Wiggins was tagged with the loss.
In the opener, the Rockets trailed 2-1 after six innings when Erica Rubick led off the top of the seventh with an inside-the-park home run to tie it at two.
"That game was nip and tuck all the way and for her to come up with an inside-the-park home run, that was huge," said Kanyuh.
The Redettes got the winning run when freshman Chelsea Wiggins reached on a fielder's choice, stole a base and trotted home on senior Joy Oberg's double.
Senja Liimatta earned the win, striking out 13 in the complete game.
The Rockets (7-3) travel to Gladstone today for a doubleheader.