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Clutch hitting, pitching lead North

Left, North sophomore Liz Grumeretz had a solid doubleheader, going 5-for-9 against Warren Woods-Tower. Right, North senior Emily Alway was clutch on the mound in the Norsemen's game two victory over WWT and then again two days later in a DH sweep of Port Huron Northern. photo by Bob Bruce.

May 15, 2014
After getting off to a slow start this season, head coach Ron Smith had nothing but smiles after Grosse Pointe North girls' softball team beat Warren Woods-Tower 15-11 in game two of a doubleheader last week.

"It feels good to get that first win," Smith said. "The girls fought hard to win this game."

The Norsemen trailed 11-10 heading into their last at-bat and actually had two outs with none on.

After two singles and a wild pitch on a strike out, Sarah Cherry came up with the bases loaded and the game on the line.

Cherry delivered one of the biggest hits of her high school career, drilling a double into right-center, clearing the bases and giving the Norsemen a 13-11 lead.

After that, Nicole Haggerty followed with a run-scoring single to make it 14-11 and Liz Grumeretz singled home Haggerty with another insurance run to provide the final run.

Emily Alway calmly stepped on the mound, knowing the Norsemen were three outs from the elusive first victory.

She struck out the first hitter looking and walked the second batter to put a runner on first with one out.

Alway enduced a lazy fly ball to Haggerty in centerfield for the second out and shortstop Izzy Kirck fielded a grounder and threw the runner out at first to seal the victory.

"I knew I had a good team behind me, so I had to throw strikes," Alway said. "Once we got the taste of winning, we have to keep it going and we can do it."

Cherry was 3-for-4 with two runs and the three-run double, while Grumeretz was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Haggerty was 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs and one RBI, and Kirck walked twice and scored four runs.

Vicki Blaine was also 3-for-4 with three runs to help the Norsemen beat the Titans in game two.

In the opener, the Titans used an eight-run seventh inning to beat the Norsemen 11-2. Grumeretz was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored, and Kirck was 2-for-4 with a run and stolen base.

Nadia Goolsby was 2-for-3 as the Norsemen battled back from a 3-0 deficit to make it 3-2 heading into the seventh inning. Four errors later, the Titans put the game out of reach with the eight-run outburst.

In other games last week, North faced Port Huron Northern in a Macomb Area Conference White Division doubleheader and swept it, winning 9-4 and 8-6 to run its winning streak to three.

Alway earned the win in both games, giving up only one earned run in game one and five in game two.

In the opener, Kirck, Cherry, Grumeretz and Blaine all had two hits, while in the second game, Kirck had a two-run double, and Cherry continued her hot hitting with a double and triple.

Haggerty and Alway also chipped in with two hits as Grosse Pointe North improved to 2-4 in the MAC White Division and 3-10 overall.

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