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Races remain tight in Iron Range softball

Three all-star games set for Wednesday

August 20, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

NEGAUNEE - Martin Sports Apparel edged Upper Peninsula Fabricating 6-5 to take over first place alone in Class C of the Iron Range Women's Softball League on Wednesday.

The league will hold its annual set of all-star games on Wednesday at LaCombe Field in Negaunee. Class B opens the action at 6 p.m., followed by Class C at 7:30 p.m. and Class A at 9 p.m.

Martin's Carley Maanika and Ashley Mattson were cited for excellent batting in its win, while U.P. Fabricating's Tammy Johnson went 2 for 3.

Former coleader Negaunee Eagles was also involved in a one-run score, but came out on the short end of a 16-15 decision to Wooden Nickel, which got two homers from Whitney Brugman and another from Kathy Zyble in the bottom of the seventh.

Joy Prisk paced the Eagles, going 2 for 3 with a home run.

Eastwood stayed within a game of the top with a 23-8 win over Palomaki Family Chiropractic. The winners' Ellen Sundberg was a perfect 6 for 6 and teammate Taryn Gleason was 4 for 6 as each homered. Mallory Pruett, who doubled, and Jen Quayle both went 2 for 3 for PFC.

Rookies 1 made it a three-way tie for second by beating Chapper's Pub 12-2 as Chapper's Jessica Juchemich had a triple.

In the other Class C game, Country Lanes bounced Jean Kay's 18-3 as Jordan Wixtrom, Jen Tonge and Kori Tossava all went 4 for 4 for Country. Ashley Wanhala doubled for Jean Kay's.

In Class A, Buck's Party Store remained the only undefeated team in any division by blasting past Paradise Bar, 39-7. Buck's Libby Nelson and Debbie Zummak each went 6 for 6, while Sara Martin cracked a grand slam homer and Rachel Hytinen was 2 for 2, both doubles, for Paradise.

Congress was one of three teams to stay two games back as it slid past Hickey's 19-4. Nikki Whitford, who homered over the fence, and Tina Nelson both went 4 for 4 for the winners, while Caylie Gray and Sheena Morcom tripled for Hickey's.

Also two back are Iracore and PC Medic, each 23-6 winners last week.

Iracore's Hilary Richardson was 4 for 4 and Courtney Waara 4 for 5 with a double in a win over Teepee Bar, which got a homer and 2-for-3 night from Andrea Bussiere.

Katie Erspamer was 4 for 5 with a homer in PC Medic's victory over Jubilee Foods, which saw Steph Alongo, who tripled, and Amanda Harlock each go 2 for 2.

Jasper Ridge Brewery 1 survived a six-homer barrage by Crossfit 906 for a 16-11 win. Crossfit's Lizzy VanBuren and Kim Koski each two homers, while Caitlyn Hewitt and Nichole Richer had one apiece.

Erika Roberts and LeAnn Saarela both homered for Jasper, while teammates Amber Emanuelson and Aimee Axford were each 3 for 3.

Cliffs Natural Resources dug out a 29-8 win over Rookies Too/Quality Car Care as the winners' Nikki Schultz hit a grand slam in a big 9 RBI night. Teammate Julie Boule was 6 for 6 and Kaylin Marshall 6 for 7. Rookies' Kim Roose went 3 for 3.

In Class B, a three-way tie at the top was reduced to two as U.P. Rehab Services and Sister's won while Tino's 2 lost.

U.P. Rehab posted a rare 9-0 shutout of Pasquali's as Kristi Uren and Heidi Verville doubled for the winners and Tammera Wommer and Melissa Hendrickson had a hit for Pasquali's.

Sister's won by a more conventional 9-5 score over Jasper Ridge Brewery 2 as Jaylyn Martin led Sister's going 4 for 4 with a double and triple. Teammates Linda Dompierre, who tripled, and Anna Dompierre, who doubled, finished 3 for 4.

Jasper's Briana Bancroft hit a homer and Jamie Pennel collected a double and a triple.

Tino's 2 fell to VFW 14-9 as the winners' Kristy Bovin hit two home runs and teammate Julie Collick had a triple as she drove in four runs.

Company B Graphics survived extra innings to post a 19-18 win over Dave's Collision. CBG's Cortney Caliguri was 4 for 4 with a double and triple, while Tayler Gray hit two doubles, Shana Caliguri a home run and triple, and Michelle Gray a double as each of the latter three went 3 for 4.

Signs Unlimited posted a 14-6 win over Jack's Teepee as the winners' Laurie Engman was 3 for 4 and Jack's Tina Maki was cited for her defense.

In the other Class B game, U.P. Off Road & Performance sped past Willey's Tire Shop 25-10.



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