Norse sweep Gogebic
WELLS — The Bay College Norse scored early and often in the second game of a softball doubleheader here Friday, blanking the Gogebic Community College Samsons 20-0 in five innings.
Bay also needed just five frames to capture the opener 14-0.
Kaitlyn Hardwick’s two-run double to leftfield got the Norse on the board in nightcap and Olivia Capodilupo’s grand slam home run to left gave them a six-run cushion in the opening frame.
The Norse added eight runs in the second, including three on Hardwick’s homer to left.
“We have a lot of power and depth,” said Bay head coach Heidi Charon. “Everybody is capable of getting big hits. All the girls come from well developed programs. The chemistry is there. They communicate well.”
The Norse (18-6) added two runs in the fourth and scored four times in the fifth with three runs crossing the plate on Eve LaFleche’s shot to left.
Friday’s victories came three days after the Norse swept a twinbill from Finlandia University.
“We brought a lot of energy into our games with Finlandia,” said Charon. “We brought a lot of positive energy to the field and it carried over into today.”
Gogebic’s best scoring chance took place in the fourth following back-to-back two-out singles to left by Sofie Kyllonen and Kathleen Mieloszyk, giving the Samsons (2-21) baserunners on first and third. That opportunity ended when Hannah Koivisto-Niemi popped to the pitcher.
The Norse collected 13 hits and took advantage of four errors on this sunny and breezy afternoon. Hardwick and LaFleche finished with three hits each. Jerrika McAlpine and Claire McInerney added two apiece. Hardwick drove in four runs. McAlpine and LaFleche had three RBIs each.
Mieloszyk had two of Gogebic’s four hits off Lexi Winling, who struck out five and walked none.
Kyllonen, who walked eight, absorbed the loss.
“We knew they’d be tough,” said Gogebic coach Noel Aho. “We’re not in a conference. Every game is an opportunity to get better. We were missing our No. 2 and 3 pitchers and Sofie was willing to step up and do it for us. Little mental errors hurt us. Kat does a nice job behind the plate for us. She blocks everything that’s down. After every game she gets a compliment from the umpires or players and coaches from the other team.”
Rhiley Hubert fired a two-hitter, fanned eight and walked none in the opener.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Norse scored seven times in the second and added four runs in the third and three in the fourth.
Bay unleashed a 16-hit attack, led by Richelle Vandeville and Aubree Saunders, who went 3-for-3. Emily Bruntjens ripped a pair of triples. McInerney had two hits and Paige Welch added an RBI triple.
Gogebic committed four errors and Bay had one miscue.
The teams meet for another twinbill today at 1 near the Hannahville Ice & Turf Complex.