Cougars Move Into Drivers Seat With Win Over Peshtigo
Cougars Take Lead
in Conference Race
In a matchup of two teams with just one conference loss, the Peshtigo Bulldogs played host to the Coleman Cougars with the M&O lead on the line. Both teams battled until the final out of the contest, but only one could come away with the win.
The score was 0-0 until the Cougars clawed their way to a run in the fourth. Lauren Osterberg reached safely on an error and Ashlee Mayer followed with a single. Marianna Meissner's single brought home Osterberg and Coleman went ahead 1-0.
Peshtigo wasted no time answering the run with one of their own in their half of the fourth. Lexy DeBriyn laced a one-out single and Emma Frederickson sacrificed her to second base. Olivia Lewis delivered the two-out, RBI single that knotted the score at 1-1.
The Bulldogs gained the lead in the fifth. Jenna Thill, Shae Tonn and Megan Behnke connected on consecutive one-out singles. Behnke's single scored Tonn and Thill for two RBIs and a 3-1 Peshtigo advantage.
Coleman sparked a rally in the sixth to grab the lead. Mayer drew a one-out walk and Meissner reached on a fielder's choice. After an out was recorded, Annabelle Kotecki, Kailey Klimek and Miranda Rost hit three consecutive RBI singles to score Mayer, Meissner and Kotecki. The three runs gave the Cougars a 4-3 lead.
After three quick outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Cougars went right back on the offensive prowl in the seventh. Kyla Manning led off the inning with a single and Osterberg reached on a fielder's choice. Mayer got on base via an error and Meissner delivered the two RBI single to score Manning and Osterberg. Meissner eventually scored on an error, pushing the Coleman lead to 7-3.
"I feel as though we're solid all the way through our lineup. Because of that, it takes pressure off of Annabelle. She's able to concentrate on the pitches she has and the defense is going to take care of the rest," said Coleman Coach Jean LeVash.
Down, but not out, Peshtigo had one last chance to even up the score in the seventh. Thill led off with an infield single and Tonn connected on a single of her own. After an out was recorded that advanced the runners, Abbie Lindbom hit an RBI single to score Thill. A strikeout was recorded for the second out of the inning. Emma Frederickson stepped into the batter's box and laced a two-out, two RBI single to score Tonn and Lindbom, and put the tying run on base. Olivia Lewis singled to put the tying run into scoring position and winning run on first. Kotecki coaxed a strikeout for the final out of the inning and Coleman narrowly held on for the win, 7-6.
"They've worked so hard towards this. We've covered every stitch of softball we could. This is the best prepared team we've had and best prepared that we've ever been. Those kids know what to do with the ball at any moment. They just know what to do and when," said an elated Coach LeVash.
Coleman's Kotecki earned the complete game victory, giving up six earned runs on 12 hits and zero walks while striking out nine batters. "Annabelle [Kotecki] has worked extremely hard, not only on the pitching but, between her and her dad, knowing what to pitch and when. She can throw a change-up anytime you ask her to," Coach LeVash said of her pitcher.
Tonn took the loss for Peshtigo, giving up seven runs (two earned) on nine hits, a walk and three strikeouts in seven innings. "Shae did a great job of keeping that ball where we wanted it, in play and in the infield. Sometimes that ball has eyes and sometimes they hit it hard enough to go through. They played well and took advantage of the opportunities they had."
Meissner led Coleman at the plate with a 2-for-4 game while Rost, Mayer, and Huberty each went 1-for-3 in the contest. Thill paced Peshtigo offensively at 2-for-3, Lindbom, Tonn and Lewis each went 2-for-4.
"It was a great game, for both teams, you have to give them credit. I told our girls they came back fighting and they didn't give up." Coach Christensen added, "We had a tough inning there in the sixth, but that's the way the game is played. You come back, fight and try to win and we did almost everything except get the "W'."
Badgers Take Two
Thursday evening an M&O doubleheader took place as the Niagara Badgers took on the Oneida Nation Thunderhawks. The run-rule was implemented in both games as Niagara won 12-1 and 16-0.
In game one, the Badgers scored 12 runs on six hits and nine walks, plenty of run support for winning pitcher Jayden Payette. Payette pitched a complete game allowing one earned run on two hits, two walks and four "K's". Syd Loukus led the Badgers at the plate with a two for four day and two runs scored.
The nightcap saw Niagara strike for 11 hits and three walks, en route to 16 runs. Seven different Badger hitters recorded a hit in the game including three with two hits. Jasmine Racine earned the shutout victory, throwing a no-hitter over three innings.
Thunderhawks in Three
Monday evening the Peshtigo Bulldogs traveled to Oneida to take on the Thunderhawks. Peshtigo put up nine first inning runs on their way to a 15-0 win in just three innings.
Lexy DeBriyn earned the shutout win for the Bulldogs allowing just two hits and striking out four Thunderhawk hitters. Olivia Lewis was 2-for-2 for Peshtigo at the plate to lead the team, while DeBriyn and Skyler Watson went 2-for-3 in the game. Oneida's Tiara Barber and Shainia Berber each recorded a hit.
For the first four innings, Menominee Coach Hannah Bell couldn't have drawn up a better start for her first-year program. Taking on a Peshtigo Bulldog squad that has stifled the M&O for the past few seasons, the Maroons held Peshtigo hitless for four innings and held a 2-0 lead. From there, the Bulldog offense came alive.
Menominee's Morgan Roman led off with a walk to start the bottom of the first inning. Roman scored on a single off the bat of Olivia Anderson to take the lead. The Maroons doubled their lead in the third when Kendall Burmeister tripled and Jen Woods plated her on a single, pushing the lead to 2-0. Woods held the Bulldog bats mute by throwing four innings of no-hit ball in the circle for Menominee.
Anyone that has played Peshtigo knows that even when they seem held in check, they can score in bunches at the blink of an eye. That was displayed in the fifth and sixth innings Friday night. Shae Tonn laced a double followed by Megan Behnke reaching safely on an error. Abbie Lindbom drilled a two-RBI double and later scored on a wild pitch that gave Peshtigo the 3-2 lead.
The Maroons secured the lead back in their half of the fifth. Woods and Ashley Powell each reached base safely and were brought home on a two-RBI single by Sarah Barrette. Menominee went back ahead 4-3.
Peshtigo came to the plate with a vengeance in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs rallied for seven runs on two hits, three walks and three errors. Tonn's two-RBI double highlighted the inning as she plated Olivia Lewis and Madi Martin. Peshtigo quickly jumped ahead 10-4.
A "never say quit" attitude showed in Menominee as they responded with three of their own runs in their half of the sixth. Ashley Powell reached on a fielder's choice and scored on an error. Gabby Zeratsky then drilled a two-run home run over the left-center fence cutting the lead to 10-7.
Peshtigo added an insurance run in the seventh as Lexy DeBriyn drew a bases loaded walk, extending the lead to 11-7, which went on to be the final. DeBriyn earned a complete game win, giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits, seven walks and seven strikeouts. Woods took the loss for Menominee, pitching five and a third, surrendering eight runs (four earned) on four hits, six walks and four "K's".
Lindbom and Tonn each recorded two hits in the contest with a double and two RBIs each for Peshtigo. For Menominee, Barrette's 1-for-3 day led the Maroons and Zeratsky finished 1-for-4 with her home run.
Bulldogs in Peshtigo
A shakeup happened atop the M&O standing Thursday night as the undefeated Peshtigo Bulldogs played host to the Wausaukee Rangers. Wausaukee brought their A-game and held the potent Peshtigo offense to just one run. The Rangers scored two runs in the third inning before scoring an insurance run in each of the fifth and sixth innings to win 4-1.
Maddison Renikow and Sam Gruszynski reached safely on back-to-back bunts for the Rangers in the third inning. Each runner was brought around to score, giving Wausaukee a 2-0 lead. Peshtigo cut the lead in half in the fourth. Lexy DeBriyn singled, stole second and scored off the bat of Madi Martin making it a 2-1 game.
Wausaukee put the lead back at two runs in the fifth when Renikow reached safely to begin the inning and eventually scored on an error. In the sixth, the Rangers scored again as Sirina Tyler reached on an error and later scored, putting the lead at its eventual final, 4-1.
Peshtigo's Shae Tonn took the complete game loss, allowing four runs on five hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Lexi Zak earned the win for Wausaukee, pitching all seven innings, giving up just one run on three hits, three walks and seven "K's".
Torri Jewett recorded a 2-for-4 day to lead the Wausaukee offense, while three different Bulldogs earned a hit in the game.
Cougars Capitalize on
Cavalier hitting Drought
The Coleman Cougars, behind a shutout performance from pitcher Annabelle Kotecki were able to end their game against the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Cavaliers early due to a 16-0 lead after five innings.
Kotecki struck out nine in her shutout performance.
The Crivitz Wolverine softball team hosted the Gillett/Suring Hornets Thursday night, taking a slim 7-6 win over the hard fighting Hornets.
The Hornets showed off their sting early as they pushed in a Myranda Pratsch run. They increased the lead during the third with runs from Annie Kohls and Sydney Young for the 3-0 lead.
But Crivitz wasn't ready to call it quits as they seized the lead over the bottom of the third inning. Jas Zach, Talor Long, Kieran Gribben and CeCe Johnsen all crossed the plate for the 4-3 lead.
The Hornets fired back with a Angel Griffen run off a Sarah Nauke RBI in the fourth and two more runs during the fifth for the 6-4 lead.
But two Gribben runs over the final two innings and a Johnsen run during the sixth would give the Wolverines all they needed to base the 7-6 victory.
At the plate Gribben ended the night four of five with three runs while Long was three of five with one run.
The Hornets' Young was three of four with a run while Willow Pecha was two of three with one run.
Sarah Bublitz took the pitching win for the Wolverines with five strikeouts. She allowed 11 hits and six runs while walking one.
Young was saddled with the loss allowing 18 hits and seven runs while walking four. She also struck out seven.
Wausaukee Keeps Wins
Coming with Victory
The Wausaukee Rangers hosted the Crivitz Wolverines Friday for softball action that saw the Rangers really find their rhythm at the plate for a 15-1 win.
The Wolverines only score of the night was rung in during the second when Sarah Bublitz was brought in by a Kailee Golla RBI.
The Rangers built an early first inning lead as Renikow led the inning off with a base off an error. She was brought in off a Torri Jewett RBI single. Alexis Ranallo, Sirina Tyler and Kylee Smith all recoreded RBIs over the first to push Wausaukee to a 5-0 lead.
After two scoreless innings the Rangers went wild. During the inning Jewett slugged a two RBI double. She was followed by Kaila Backhaus on an RBI single before Smith blasted a two RBI single. Before the fourth could end the Jewett stepped up to the plate again, getting another two RBI hit, though this time only making it to first.
Sarah Bublitz took the mound loss of rate Wolverines allowing 12 hits, 15 runs (eight earned) and three walks while striking out one.
Winning pitcher Lexi Zak set down five Crivitz hitters with "K's" while allowing four hits, one earned run and two walks.
Jewett had a heck of a day at the plate for the Rangers as she went three of four with two runs and five RBIs. Smith also did her part going three of three with two runs and three RBIs.
Wausaukee Falls in
Five To Powerful Oconto
The Wausaukee Rangers couldn't stop the powerful Oconto Blue Devils as they sent Wausaukee home in five 10-0.
The Blue Devils recored two runs in the first while crossing home two more over the third. A four run fourth and a two run fifth gave the Devils all they needed for a 10 run mercy rule early ending.
STAA/Lena Takes Non-
Conference Win Over Elcho
The St.Thomas Aquinas/Lena Cavalier softball team posted a non-conference win over the Elcho Hornets 6-4.
The action started during the first when Kailtlyn Hodkiewicz and Marley Carviou both scored.
After a three "K" inning by Carivou the Cavalier continued to increase the lead as Millie Benson came home for the 3-0 lead.
The Hornets posted all their runs over the third seizing the lead 4-3.
STAA/Lena kept tough though and fought hard for a Ally Demmith fifth inning run and a Hodkiewicz and Benson run over the eighth.
Streak on End
The Wausaukee Rangers are beginning to really build up a head of steam login into the final weeks of the softball season as they took down the visiting Gillett/Suring Hornets 6-2 Monday night.
Sammy Gruszynski was first to reach base for the Rangers, doing so on a walk. She was brought home in the next at bat by Torri Jewett who smacked a single for the RBI.
Lexi Zak and her Ranger defense kept the Hornet hitter locked down over the bottom half of the first, sending them back to the dugout in order.
The Hornets tied things up at 1-1 over the second thanks to a Griffen bunt that placed her at first and a Faith Sorlie RBI single.
The third proved to the game breaker for the Rangers as they built there winning total off five runs. Maddison Renikow walked to start things off and later scored, stealing home. Gruszynski was hit by a pitch and Jewett walked. Kaila backhaul reached first on an error while Allison Versaskas slugged a single. Kylee Smith hit an RBI single while Callie Orlando joined the list of hitters with an RBI single for the 6-1 lead.
The Hornets scored one final run during the bottom of the fourth.
Zak took the circle win for the Rangers, striking out nine while allowing six hits, two earned runs and three walks.l
Losing pitcher Sydney Young added up six "K's" while giving up seven hits, six runs (four earned) and five walks.
At the plate for the Rangers Jewett was two of two with one run. Both Smith and Orlando finished the night one of three with an RBI.
Sorlie led the Hornet plate effort with a two of three showing with one RBI.
The STAA/Lena Cavalier softball team bagged a 28-0 win over the hosting Oneida Nation Thunderhawks Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers pushed across two runners in the first, another two in the second and 19 in the third. That third inning saw 22 stolen bases.
12 addtional runs were scored during the final inning, the highlight being a Millie Benson home run.
Lux-Casco Lays Down
19 runs in Win
Over Oconto Falls
The Oconto Falls Panther softball squad could do little stop the onslaught that was the Lux-Cacso Spartan hitting attack. After five innings the Spartans had secured the 19-9 victory.
Ally Dart took the mound win with on strikout. She allowed six hits and four runs(three earned). O. Falls' Haley Bell took the loss allowing nine hits, 11 earned runs and six walks.
The Coleman Cougars who are fighting tooth and nail for the conference lead kept their hopes alive and well Monday night as they defeated the visiting Crivitz Wolverines 11-1 in five innings.
The Cougars took the early one run lead in the second thanks to a Beth Gannigan single and score, while Crivitz answered in the top of the fourth with a Talor Long run for the 1-1 tie.
But from that point on the Wolverines grasp on the reigns of the game began to slip. The Cougars blasted in four runs over the bottom half of the inning before adding on another six during the fifth for the early ending.
At the plate for the Cougars Ashlee Mayer was one of four with two runs and two RBIs while Kailey Klimek recored a one of two day with two RBIs. Kyla Manning was two of four with two runs and an RBI.
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