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Split Decision: Gwinn Modeltowners, Munising Mustangs exchange softball wins | News, sports, jobs

Gwinn’s Makayla Olson, right, slides around Munising infielder Kaylin Kienitz, center, to steal second base in the top of the second inning of the opening game during their high school softball doubleheader, played at Forsyth Township Ball Park in Gwinn on Thursday. (Journal photo by Caden Sierra)

GWINN – Gwinn snapped a 12-game high school losing streak Thursday afternoon and evening, scoring a split doubleheader against visiting Munising at Forsyth Township Ball Park.

The Modeltowners won the opener 20-12 before the Mustangs bounced back to dominate Game 2, 23-8.

In the opening game, Gwinn set the tone from the start, getting on the board when Adrian Roberts hit an RBI single. Teammate Dakota Shepherd followed with a triple and a steal from home plate, helping the hosts take a 4-0 lead.

The Modeltowners continued their offensive onslaught, scoring six runs on just five hits in the second inning. Aubrey Paquin, Madison Arnoldussen, Hannah Eagle and Alexa Jakubowski all contributed to the offense, extending the Modeltowners’ lead to seven that inning.

Despite facing a brutal Mustangs lineup, Gwinn pitcher Addyson Sayen stayed afloat, striking out seven in seven innings and 79 strikeouts on 132 pitches, ultimately helping to secure the victory for her team.

“I liked the way the girls worked together.” Modeltowners head coach Monika Sylvester said reflecting on her team’s play. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way the girls played today – offensively and defensively.”

Despite the loss in the opener, Munising showed its own offense and scored 15 hits. With key contributors like Kaylin Kienitz and Kristin Joyner leading the way – Kienitz notably went 3 for 5 and drove in five runs –

The Mustangs’ resilience and strong play provided a preview for the nightcap.

In Game 2, MHS wasted no time jumping out to a 6-2 lead in the first inning with a string of runs driven in by Joyner, Toni Briggs and Hayden Bayer.

Mustangs head coach Casey Ford praised Bayer.

“She really puts the ball in play and it doesn’t matter if I hit her on seventh, fifth or ninth,” Ford said. “She really drove the ball and it’s fun to watch.”

Munising’s offensive onslaught continued throughout the second game, with contributions from Brooklyn Joyner, Maggie Beauchaine and Elizabeth Wing.

Facing the relentless barrage, Gwinn’s pitching was shuffled around as Adrian Roberts, McKenna Wolfe and Addyson Sayen all saw time on the pitching rubber. Despite the Modeltowners’ best efforts, the Mustangs would rely on the 15-run rule in the fourth to give MHS three wins in their final four games.

“I liked the way we laid the ball I play,” Ford said. “We’re really starting to come together offensively.

“Hiccups have never really been the problem, but sometimes we fall short, a little bit on defense and have defensive mishaps if you like. We pass the ball nicely.”

Although Gwinn ultimately fell short in the second game, Sayen led her team with two RBIs and Makayla Olson, Sayen and Aubrey Paquin each had two hits, while several players showed off their speed with 16 stolen bases.

Caden Sierra can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 551. His email address is [email protected].

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