Manistique swept by Westwood

Prep softball

NATIONAL MINE — Madysen Mattias knocked a three-run home run over the fence of the Tilden Township Field in Game 1 and added three more hits during a doubleheader sweep by Westwood over Manistique on Monday.

Crowned Mid-Peninsula Conference champions two days earlier at the league tournament, the Patriots won by scores of 17-2 and 10-0.

In the opener, Emeralds pitcher Emily May walked back-to-back batters before Patriots left fielder Karlie Patron got the offensive party started for Westwood with an RBI double to bring home Elizabeth Farley and Shae Blewett to take a 2-1 lead.

Westwood tacked on two more in the first inning with back-to-back RBI singles from Raija Stille and Megan Pohlman.

The Patriots all but put the result out of reach with a six-run second, when Mattias open the floodgates with her three-run shot over the center field fence. Marissa Carello also cracked a two-run hit in the rally to make it 10-1.

Coming off of a 15-0 rout against Norway last Saturday to earn the school’s first ever M-PC championship, Westwood head coach Heather Salmi said offensive production has just snowballed.

Pohlman was stellar on the mound for the Patriots, tossing 47 pitches over three innings, allowing three hits, a walk and recording four strikeouts to earn the win. Madelyn Koski relieved Pohlman of her duties in the fourth and final inning.

Pohlman also contributed offensively, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI in the opener.

The sun popped out for a short time in Game 2 as Patron took the mound for the Patriots and tossed 54 pitches, going the distance and earning the win in a five-inning, complete-game shutout. Patron allowed five hits and didn’t walk a batter while fanning six.

The second inning proved to be the biggest again for the Patriots offense, with five runs scoring on five consecutive hits. Kimberely Collins and Saadiqah Gardner started the outburst with back-to-back singles. Mattias then drove Collins home on a single, Blewett followed up with another single driving home two more and Patron contributed by knocking in the fifth run of the inning.

Manistique couldn’t get anything going offensively in the nightcap. Patron threw a quick 1-2-3 inning in the fifth and Mattias tacked on an RBI in the bottom half of the inning to give Westwood the 10-0 lead and invoke the mercy rule.

Westwood plays at Gladstone in a doubleheader to wrap up its regular season play on Friday.

This was Manistique’s games before the MHSAA district softball tournament next week.

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