Negaunee, MI – May 4, 2021 – The Negaunee Miners Girls Softball Team defeated the Ishpeming Hematites 11-0. Mark Evans and Gregg Nelson had the call on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1 and 99.9.
The Miners got off to a great start. In the top of the first, it was three up and three down for the Negaunee defense. Negaunee’s starting pitcher, Josie Thompson, struck out the last two Hematites to retire the side. The Miner’s momentum continued into the bottom of the inning, as they ended the first with a 3-0 lead.
Thompson started the second right where she left off. After a quick flyout, she struck out the last two batters for the second inning in a row. After two innings, the Hematites had six batters in the box, four were struck out, and no runners on base. Negaunee stayed on a roll in the bottom of the inning. The Miners continued to get on base and capitalize. Lilly Nelson and Sierra Hendrickson both batted in runs to help extend the Negaunee lead. The Miners led 7-0 after the second.
Thompson’s dominance continued into the third, as she faced three batters and got three strikeouts. At this point, nine Hematites came up to the plate, and seven were struck out by Thompson. In the bottom of the inning, Ishpeming’s errors kept expanding their deficit. The Miners got another four runs, which gave them a staggering 11-0 lead.
Ishpeming finally got some runners on the bases in the top of the fourth. However, they weren’t able to capitalize. Thompson recorded her 8th strikeout to continue the Miner’s shutout. In the bottom of the quarter, the Hematites finally had some success. It was three up and three down for Negaunee on offense, but they still held on to a comfortable 11-0 lead.
Ishpeming needed to get some runs to get back into the game to prevent a mercy-rule win for the Miners, but they wouldn’t get any. Two fly balls caused the Hematites to get a quick two outs, and later on, an Ishpeming runner was thrown out while stealing a base. The Miners got the convincing 11-0 victory. The Hematites only had two hits all game, and the Miners only got five in the cold and wind. In the end, Negaunee was able to take advantage of Ishpeming’s many errors.
NEXT GAME: The Miners will take on the L’Anse Purple Hornets at home on Thursday, May 6th. Tune in for the Elder Agency Pregame Show with Travis Nelson at 3:45pm on Good Time Oldies 97.5.