FIELD TWP— The inconsistent spring weather has kept the North Woods Grizzlies girls softball team off the playing field much of the season and it showed last Friday in a 9-6 loss to Mt. Iron-Buhl. …
FIELD TWP— The inconsistent spring weather has kept the North Woods Grizzlies girls softball team off the playing field much of the season and it showed last Friday in a 9-6 loss to Mt. Iron-Buhl. The Rangers, who have managed to play five more games than the Grizzlies so far this season, took advantage of their experience to put five runs on the board in the first inning, setting the stage for their cruise to victory.
“I think my girls were a little down after that inning,” said Head Coach Dee Ann Sandberg. “I’m proud they stuck it out and tried to come back. They didn’t give up, but we didn’t win in the end.”
Senior outfielder Kate Stone led the team offensively, posting three hits. Senior second-base player Hanna Sandberg and senior pitcher Alanna Rutchasky each had two RBIs. Rutchasky also notched 21 first-pitch strikes.
Last Thursday, the Grizzlies had more success on the road, outhitting Nashwauk-Keewatin, 12-9.
Windy conditions on the field led to multiple errors by both teams, with scoring going back and forth throughout the game, according to Sandberg.
“This was a great win for us,” she said. “I don’t think we have beaten Nashwauk-Keewatin since I’ve been coaching here.”
Stone would again lead with three hits, this time adding three RBIs as well. Senior outfielder Maddie Serna also had three RBIs.
The Grizzlies were set to play Ely on Thursday after the Timberjay’s deadline. They host a double header against South Ridge on Friday with first pitch set for 4 p.m.