Peshtigo Refuses to Relinquish 1st
Hornets at Home
The Peshtigo Bulldogs continued their winning ways as they hosted the Gillett/Suring Hornets Tuesday evening. Lexy DeBriyn piled up 14 "K's" for the Bulldogs in the circle while the bats stayed hot and Peshtigo took the win 11-3.
Shae Tonn began the scoring on the day as she drew a walk in the bottom of the first inning for Peshtigo. Tonn went on to steal second and third before scoring on DeBriyn's double. The Bulldogs went up 1-0.
Peshtigo was back at it in the second as Madi Martin reached on an error and Ashley Dudka followed with a walk. Megan Behnke drilled an RBI single and Jenna Thill laced a two-RBI double. Thill would later score to bolster the lead to 5-0.
The sixth Bulldog run came in the third inning as DeBriyn drew a walk and stole second, third and home to put Peshtigo ahead 6-0. In the fourth inning, Tonn and Abbie Lindbom were walked. DeBriyn continued her big day with an RBI double to put Peshtigo ahead 8-0.
Gillett/Suring plated their first run of the day in the top of the fifth. Myranda Pratsch drew a walk and was brought home on a single from Willow Pecha. Peshtigo answered in their half of the fifth. Jaclyn Demeuse laced a one-out double and was brought home on Behnke's base hit. After Thill drew a walk and Tonn was hit by a pitch, Haddie Enderby drew a bases loaded walk to score Behnke and extend the lead to 10-1.
The Hornets added two runs in the sixth inning. Sydney Young coaxed a walk and Faith Sorlie connected on a single. Sarah Nauke's two RBI base hit scored both Young and Sorlie and the lead was cut to 10-3. In their final at-bat, Peshtigo added an insurance run. Emma Frederickson hit a one-out double before stealing third and home. The Bulldogs went on to win 11-3.
Lexy DeBriyn earned a complete game victory for Peshtigo as she gave up three earned runs on five hits, five walks and piled up 14 strikeouts. Sydney Young took the loss for the Hornets, in four and a third innings, she gave up ten runs (six earned) on five hits, nine walks and two strikeouts.
DeBriyn and Megan Behnke each went 2-for-3 on the day for the potent Bulldogs offense. DeBriyn recorded three RBI and Behnke added two RBI. Angel Griffin finished the game 2-for-3 for the Hornets.
FVL Tops Marinette
in Pitchers Duel
In a matchup of two NEC squads, the Marinette Marines traveled to Fox Valley Lutheran to take on the Foxes Monday. Marine ace Chloe Lambie found herself in a pitchers' duel with the Foxes' Samantha Birling. Both pitchers combined for over 13 innings pitched, 23 strikeouts, just five hits and one run, but only one could take home the victory.
The defenses were also on display as there was just one error in the game. With the game deadlocked at 0-0, it was the Marines' turn to shut down the Foxes again in the bottom of the seventh inning. FVL's Jenna Broehm started the inning with a single to center field, Broehm advanced to second base as the ball skipped past the fielder. Broehm advanced to third base, but Lambie coaxed two outs. With the winning run just 60 feet away, FVL's Sydney Birling hit a grounder to third, the thrown was to home plate and Broehm slid safely to score the game winning run. The Marines were stunned 1-0 by FVL.
Marinette's Hannah Bearson recorded their only hit with a leadoff single in the top of the first inning. For FVL, four different batters had one hit.
Chloe Lambie pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits, seven strikeouts and zero walks for the Marines. Samantha Birling took the win for FVL with a complete game one-hit shutout, striking out 16 hitters and walking three
Fifth Inning Proves
Fatal for Marines
An NEC showdown took place Thursday in Marinette as the Marines played host to the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans. Any time the two teams match up, it is usually settled by just a couple of runs. The game started that exact way, until an 11-run inning by a red-hot Spartan offense broke the game open. Luxemburg-Casco went on to win 19-9 in six innings.
The Spartans began the contest with a leadoff double from Cassie Dart. Dart scored on two consecutive passed balls to give L-C the lead, 1-0. Marinette answered back in the bottom of the first as Jordan Miller laced a one-out single. Chloe Lambie then drilled a two-run home run to put the Marines on top, 2-1.
Marinette extended the lead in the bottom of the second as Tatum Ihde reached on a fielder's choice and Abi Duda walked. With two outs, Hannah Bearson cracked a two-RBI double, making the score 4-1.
L-C then answered back with three runs to tie the game. In the third inning, a walk, followed by two errors and a two-RBI single for the Spartans brought them within one. They tied the game as Madysen Thayse slid at home to beat the throw, tying the game at 4-4.
The Marines came back to regain the lead in their half of the fourth. Hope Philipps drew a leadoff walk, and Bearson hit a one-out single. Philipps came around to score on an error and Bearson stole second base. Lambie's single scored Bearson and Bebo plated Lambie on a base knock to complete the three-run inning. Marinette led 7-4.
It was the fifth inning that spelled doom for the Marines. L-C scored 11 runs in the top of the fifth on eight hits and four errors. In the inning, Brianna Prevost connected on a two-run homer and Mackie Junio added a three-run bomb. After the nightmare was over, Marinette trailed 15-7.
"I was very impressed with the battle we had. I think we still need to realize and continue to remember that we've got five or six kids that are in brand new spots, playing at a whole different level than they were last year." Marinette Head Coach Corry Lambie added, "That's something I need to realize and our girls need to realize but I think they found out quickly they need to stay focused for seven [innings]."
In the sixth inning, L-C went right back on the offensive, scoring four runs on five hits and an error, extending the lead to 19-7 and threatening the run rule. In their final at-bat, Marinette mustered up two runs as Jordan Miller and Kalina Garza each reached on singles and scored, but that was all they could come up with as the Spartans won in six innings, 19-9.
"We became complacent after about three and a half innings and when you do that against a quality program like Luxemburg-Casco you're going to get ten-runned and play six innings. I think we went toe-to-toe with them and then it really seemed to snowball." Coach Lambie went on to say, "We're okay with physical errors, it's how you respond to physical errors and I don't think we did a real nice job of bouncing back after those errors."
Marinette's Chloe Lambie was saddled with the loss as she pitched all six innings giving up 19 runs (only eight earned), on 18 hits, two walks and three strikeouts. L-C's Ally Dart went five and a third innings, allowing nine runs (all earned), on twelve hits, two walks and four "K's" to earn the win.
Lambie also led the Marine offense with a 3-for-3 day that included a home run, two runs scored, three RBI and two stolen bases. Bebo finished 3-for-4 on the day with a stolen base and two RBI.
"The message was quite simple: I think two of the three phases of the game were probably good enough to win. I think offensively, if you score nine runs against anybody you should be in the hunt for a win. Pitching wise, I think Chloe did an effective job to get strikes, I think they hit her, but I think we just gave them too many outs, against a quality program that likes to put pressure on you," said Coach Lambie of his post-game talk with his team.
Thunderhawks in Five
Five first-inning runs helped lead the Peshtigo Bulldogs over the Oneida Nation Thunderhawks Thursday. After their five-run first, Peshtigo was half-way to their total and went on to take the victory 10-0 in five innings.
The Bulldogs scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning on two hits, three walks, and an error to grab the 5-0 lead. In the second, Lexi DeBriyn reached on a fielder's choice for Peshtigo before stealing second and third. DeBriyn was brought home on Emma Frederickson's single to go up 6-0. Another run was added in the third when Megan Behnke was walked and scored on Shae Tonn's single, extending the lead to 7-0. The final three runs came in the bottom of the fifth to enforce the run rule, 10-0. Tonn, Haddie Enderby and Olivia Lewis all reached base safely and scored in the inning.
Peshtigo's DeBriyn took the five-inning shutout victory, allowing just two hits and one walk while fanning eight hitters. Oneida's Tiara Barber was saddled with the loss, giving up 10 runs on six hits, eight walks and two "K's".
Win Over Crivitz
The Coleman Cougar softball team improved their conference win count with a 6-1 handling of the home field Crivitz Wolverines Thursday evening.
Cougar pitcher Annabelle Kotecki was bringing the heat in this one, striking out 18 would be hitters to help push the Wolverine's into a corner. Four of the seven innings for the Wolverines went one-two-three.
Kotecki did give up four hits with only one making its way home for a score.
The bottom of the seventh saw the first scoring action of the evening. Ashlee Mayer hit a single and was brought home in the next at bat by Lauren Osterberg on a double. The following inning Coleman added another. Mariana Meissner reached base and stole home on an opening.
Two more Cougar runs were rung in during the fifth. Lead off hitter M. Forner walked followed by Kyla Manning who was also walked. Both crossed home for the 4-0 lead.
The final inning saw another double helping of Coleman scores. Manning reached on a single while Meissner made it on with a triple. Both scored to give Coleman a 6-0 lead with one half inning remaining.
The Wolverines showed a spark in that final at bat as CeCe Johnsen made it on with a single. Kieran Gribben brought her in for the RBI before Kotecki ended the game with a "K".
Taking the pitching win was Kotecki. She accomplished this by striking out 18 while allowing only four hits.
Crivitz's Taylor Blake was saddled with the loss. She struck out three while giving up eight hits.
At the plate for the Cougars Meissner and Manning were both two for three with two runs while Mayer was two for three with one run.
Johnsen led the plate effort for the Wolverines with one hit in three at bats while getting one run. Gribben had the teams only RBI.
Rangers Take Sting
Away from Hornets
The Wausaukee Ranger softball team secured an 8-3 win over the hosting Gillett/Suring Hornets Thursday night, replicating the mark the boys team recorded on the baseball field.
Though the Hornet took the early lead, scoring two runs during the bottom of the first inning the Rangers were ready to answer. During the third they jumped way ahead of the Hornets, scoring seven runs.
Both teams added one more onto their totals in the later innings.
Lexi Zak took the circle win with nine strikeouts to her name. She allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), and one walk.
Losing pitcher S. Young recored 10 strikeouts while allowing six hits, 8 runs (three earned) and two walks.
At the plate the Rangers were led by the effort of Torri Jewett who was two for four with two runs. S. Hirk recored one hit in her four at bats along with two RBIs and a run.
The Hornets' Young was one of three at the plate with two RBIs.
Wausaukee for Win
The Peshtigo Bulldogs softball squad came out of Wausaukee Monday night with a huge 15-5, six inning win.
Wausaukee certainly didn't look like a team that was going to get sent home early Monday night as they opened the game with three runs. Maddison Renikow led off with a single and was brought home by Sammy Gruszynski on a single. Torri Jewett slugged a home run next to push the Rangers to a 3-0 lead.
They improved that lead during the second thanks to RBIs from Gruszynski and Jewett giving them the 5-0 lead. but that was it for the Rangers. And the Bulldogs were just getting started.
The Bulldog rally began during the third inning as Jenna Thill reached on a single followed by Shae Tonn on another single. With RBIs from Abbie Lindbom and Madi Martin the Bulldogs were able to narrow the lead to 5-4.
Over the next inning that lead disappeared. Megan Behnke, Olivia Lewis and Lindbom all crossed home for the 8-4 lead.
One of the biggest hits of the eight came in the sixth inning when Tonn clobbered a three RBI triple to help end the game early.
The mound win went to town who struck out five while allowing eight hits, five runs (five earned) and one walk. Lexi Zak took the loss for Wausaukee with three strikeouts. She allowed nine hits and 10 runs (three earned) and one walk.
At the plate the Bulldogs' town was one of five with two runs and three RBIs while Martin was two of four with two runs and an RBI. Lewis ended the evening two of four with two runs.
Wausaukee's Jewett was two of three with a run and three RBIs while Renikow recorded two hits in four at bats while scoring twice.
Coleman Takes Non-
Conference DH Win
The Coleman Cougars keep adding wins onto their 2017 readout and Monday night was no different as they handedly put away the Rebels of Laona/Wabeno 6-1.
Game two was all Coleman all game as the Cougar girls blasted the Rebels 10-0 in five innings.
Out in Gillett
It was nothing but destruction on the field of the Gillett/Suring Hornets Monday night as they blasted the Wolverines for a 17-3 win.
The Hornets kept building upon an early 3-1 lead until they blew the game wide open in the fourth with eight runs.
Winning pitcher was G/S's Willow Pecha. She allowed five hits, three runs (three earned) and three walks while striking out five.
Crivitz's Bublitz gave up 11 hits, 11 runs (seven earned) and two walks while striking out four.
Back On Track
With Conference Win
The Crivitz Wolverines, who have a rough start to the 2017 season saw a ray of sunshine peer through the spring clouds Tuesday night as they took down the visiting Niagara Badgers 16-6 in five innings.
The as of late cold bats of the Wolverines looked as if they might have remained cold in this one as the Badgers forced the Wolverines to three scoreless innings. The Badgers meanwhile were able to find a crease in the Wolverines defense.
Payton Aderman scored the first run of the game for the Badgers during the first while Badgers Payette, Wells, Aderman, Taylor Tushoski and Abigail McCarthy all crossed the plate in the third for a 6-0 lead.
But this matchup was far from over. The Wolverines started the rally in the third when Kieran Gribben reached on a double and later scored. But the big inning was the fourth. During the plate trip the Wolverine bats came alive. Jaz Zach made it on with a single followed by Taylor Blake with another single Sarah Bublitz smacked an RBI double and was followed by Hailey Andrist who landed the bases after being hit by a pitch.
Laken Ducaine made contact with a Badger pitch which she sent for a ride, bringing in two baserunners as well as reaching first base. Saige Nelson also took a base after being hit by a pitch and Talor Long scored a run after also being hit. Gribben hit a single next which scored another two runs while Zach returned to the plate for a two RBI double. Andrist hit the final RBI of the long inning, bringing in Blake for a 12-6 lead.
Four more Wolverine runs during the fifth gave the Wolverines all they needed to end the night early and on top.
Bublitz took the circle win with two strikeouts over five innings. She allowed eight hits, six runs and five walks.
Losing pitch Payette recorded one strikeout while allowing 16 hits and 16 runs.
At the plate the Wolverines' Zach was four of four with three runs and three RBIs. Gribben was three of four with three runs and two RBIs while CeCe Johnsen was two of three with two runs and three RBIs.
Niagara's McCarthy and Payette both went two for three at the plate with one run each.
The Wausaukee Rangers easily cruised their way to a 12-1 five inning win over the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers Tuesday night.
Wausaukee took advantage of some early hiccups by the cars as they quickly moved to a 3-0 lead. That lead was built thanks to runs by Maddison Renikow, Sammy Gruszynksi and Kaila Backhaus.
Wausaukee improved the lead over the second when Sasha Hirte doubled followed by Renikow on a double. Gruszynski walked to load the bases. Backhaus knocked in all three runners for the 6-0 lead.
After a scoreless third the Rangers went back to work. Gruszynski doubled followed by Torri Jewett and Backhaus who both walked. Sirina Tyler smacked a two RBI double after which Alexis Ranallo brought in another run. Lexi Zak singled for another RBI while Hirte brought in the rest on a two RBI single.
STAA's only run of the night came during the bottom of the fifth. Lillian Sellen crossed home of a Millie Benson RBI.
S. Purras took the lose for the Cavs allowing 11 hits, 12 runs (11 earned) and five walks while striking out three.
Lexi Zak took the win with four strikeouts. She gave up only one run and walked three.
At the plate for the Rangers Backhaus was two for two with two runs and four RBIs while Tyler finished the evening two for two with one run and three RBIs. Hirte was two of three with one run and two RBIs.
No Luck for Marines
A North Eastern Conference showdown took place as the Marinette Marines traveled to Freedom to battle the Irish. Quality pitching once again shined bright as the Marines fell just short, 2-1.
The Marines plated their only run in the fourth inning. Chloe Lambie singled, stole second, and was brought home on McKenzie Bebo's single to right field. Freedom struck right back in the bottom of the fourth as Abby Cardew drew a walk, Callie Brockman drilled a triple and Brockman was plated thanks to an error for their second run and the lead. Eventually this would be the final as Marinette fell 2-1 to Freedom.
Chloe Lambie pitched six innings, giving up two runs (one earned), on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts for the Marines. Freedom's Payton Dorn threw a complete gem, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out 16 batters.
Marinette's Lambie and Bebo each went 1-for-3 on the evening to lead the team.
Thunderhawks for Win
The Coleman Cougars shellacked the Oneida Nation Thunderhawks Tuesday night on the diamond of Oneida Nation High School 17-6.
The Cougars took a four run lead during the first and added four more during the second. After tacking on another three in the third the Thunderahwks answered back with a four runs in the Bottom half of the inning.
But a steady Cougars march ensured the game would end in five as three runs were rung in during the third and another three over the fifth.
The Oconto Falls Panthers took the trip to Clintonville Tuesday to take on the Truckers in a NEC matchup. Six first inning runs by the Panthers sparked the team to go on and win 10-0 in five innings.
Oconto Falls was led by Virginia Misco who finished the evening 2-for-3 with two RBI. Corrina Romandine added a 1-for-1 day including three RBI and two runs scored.
Haley Bell threw a no-hitter for the Panthers that including five shutout innings, three walks, and five strikeouts.
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