2017-04-20 / Sports

Cold start to 2017 season


Stretching off first base, Amanda Menominee reaches for the out in the season opening game against Rudyard. Manistique lost game one 12-1 and followed up with a 14-3 loss in the night cap. 
Joe LeBlanc photo Stretching off first base, Amanda Menominee reaches for the out in the season opening game against Rudyard. Manistique lost game one 12-1 and followed up with a 14-3 loss in the night cap. Joe LeBlanc photo MANISTIQUE - While not having to battle the weather early this spring, it has been a cold start to the 2017 season for the Lady Emeralds fast pitch softball team. The squad recently dropped games against Rudyard and Westwood at home.

On fire early, the visiting Bulldogs from Rudyard jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on their way to a 12-1 victory last Wednesday in Manistique.

Renee Schuetter went two for three and one RBI (runs batted in) in game one.

Coming off the break, hot bats by Rudyard produced runs in all five innings of play resulting in a 14-3 win in the night cap.

Amanda Menominee was on the mound in game one. McKenna Chartier got the start in game two pitching three innings. Emily May came in, in relief to finish the game.


Emerald softball Coach Jessica Nord motions Renee Schuetter to round third base and head for home in game two of the teams season opener against Rudyard last Wednesday. At right pitchers, Emily May (top) and McKenna Chartier on the mound during the game. Additional photos can be viewed at www.mstqpioneertribune.smugmug.com/ sports-photos 
Joe LeBlanc photos Emerald softball Coach Jessica Nord motions Renee Schuetter to round third base and head for home in game two of the teams season opener against Rudyard last Wednesday. At right pitchers, Emily May (top) and McKenna Chartier on the mound during the game. Additional photos can be viewed at www.mstqpioneertribune.smugmug.com/ sports-photos Joe LeBlanc photos Schuetter was one for three. Lexi Russell also went one for three with a two run double.

Back on the field this week, the Lady Emeralds dropped a pair of games to Westwood Monday 9-7 and 10-1.

Tied at two runs each after the first inning of play, Westwood exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to control a 8-3 lead. Manistique responded with one run in the fifth and three in the sixth and had an opportunity to put the game away in the seventh but couldn’t close the gap.

With two outs and Mady Burton on first and Abby Burnham on second base, Schuetter hit a hard line shot to right centerfield that fell in the glove of the Patriots centerfielder to end the inning.

Schuetter finished the game four of five at the plate with two runs scored. Kylie Johnson had three hits on four at bats.

Meg Pholeman got the win on the mound for Westwood.

Up 4-1 after six innings of play, Westwood rallied for six unanswered runs in the top of the seventh inning to seal the win in game two. Karlie Patron was on the mound for Westwood. She faced 26 batters striking out 14.

Manistique hits the road for a double header against Munising on April 24, then travels to Iron Mountain April 25.


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