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Rangers Are Last Team Standing on Tournament Trail

Issue Date: May 31, 2018

Bulldogs Bounce Gillett/Suring for First Round Win

Former M&O Conference foes Peshtigo and Gillett/Suring met in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday, May 23, with a familiar result.

Peshtigo won the game 11-1 in five innings, with no shortage of offense from the Bulldogs. Eight Bulldogs had hits and five had multiple.

Peshtigo scored three in the first inning and six in the third, finishing things off with runs in the final two innings.

"The bats are really coming around like we figured they would, so we're happy with the hitting," Bulldogs coach Tom Christensen said. "I've seen the fire that they've been playing with the last week. We're playing our best ball at the right time."

Peshtigo pitcher Shae Tonn needed just 45 pitches to work through five innings. She allowed only two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

"Shae's out there playing banged up, but she does what she does," Christensen said. "She battles and competes at a high level."

Grace Wickman had a big game for the Bulldogs, with a triple and a double resulting in two RBs and two runs scored.

"We do a lot of the fundamental things and never really get away from fundamental training that we do, and Grace is hitting the ball with four or five other girls," Christensen said.

Sydney Young took the loss for Gillett/Suring. She allowed 11 runs, 10 of which were earned.

Angel Griffin singled and scored in the fourth inning on a Faith Sorlie hit for the Hornets' only run.



Vikings Sink Marines Playoff Hopes

Marinette's playoff run ended in just 4 1/2 innings against Denmark on Wednesday, May 23.

The Vikings made quick work of the Marines, as Syd Nemetz allowed nine hits and two walks, totaling 10 runs, eight of which were earned.

On the other hand, Denmark's Grace Nys went five innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 11.

Hannah Ebsch and Abi Duda had the Marines' only hits.

Denmark scored two in the first inning, three in the second, one in the third and slammed the door with a four-run fourth.

In addition to dominant pitching, the Vikings clubbed three home runs.



West DePere Slips Past Underdog Oconto Falls

Even though they had just one hit and struck out 15 times, the Oconto Falls Panthers were not going to go down without a fight against West De Pere on Wednesday, May 23.

The Panthers were one inning away from stealing a game from the Phantoms, who scored both their runs in the third inning.

Oconto Falls got one back in the fourth, but it wasn't enough. The run came on a solo home run from Emma Huberty. It was the only hit of the game for the Panthers. Huberty also had one of tow Panther walks in the game.

Panther Josie Tolzman pitched a good game, allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks, while striking out nine. It wasn't enough to best WDP pitcher Genesis Eggart, however, who was dynamic.

She allowed just the one hit, striking out 15 Panthers in the game. Every Panther hitter struck out at least once in the ballgame.



Oconto Beats Amherst; Heartbreaks to Tomahawk

Oconto was defeated in ten innings against Tomahawk to end their hopes of a sectional title.

The Hatchets came away with the 4-3 win in a game that went three innings longer than planned.

Mackenzie Honish pitched all 10 innings, striking out 12 and allowing just one walk to go with seven hits.

Oconto led 2-0 after a big first inning, but Tomahawk captured the lead in the third. Oconto tied things up in the sixth, but Honish and Rachel Dallman didn't give any ground for the next three innings.

Ellen Sohrweide was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

To get there, Oconto had to win the regional title, which they did with a win over Amherst.

Honish was dominant in the circle, striking out 14 batters in her seven innings of work. She allowed just two hits and two walks, with one of the runs unearned.

The bottom four hitters in the Amherst lineup struck out a combined 10 times, as Amherst was never able to get anything going from the bottom of the order.

Sohrweide was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run for the Blue Devils, including a home run. Oconto racked up 13 hits and two walks, though they left eight on base.

Honish also had multiple hits, as she was one of five Blue Devils who had multi-hit games. She added an RBI and a run.

Hannah Wusterbarth had 3 hits in the ballgame, the most of any player.

Sydney Lee allowed all six runs for Amherst.



Oconto Breezes Past Nekoosa

The Oconto Blue Devils made easy work of Nekoosa in their playoff opener on Wednesday, May 23, walking 11 times on their way to 12 runs.

MacKenzie Honish clubbed two of the Blue Devils' four hits. She scored two runs, had an RBI and walked once. However, hits weren't the Blue Devils' primary method of getting runners on base.

Eight Oconto batters drew at least one walk, with Kalista Susa's three walks the highest total of any Blue Devil.

Honish struck out eight Nekoosa batters in her five innings of pitching work. She allowed five baserunners and one run to cross the plate.



Tomahawk Pitching Too Much for Bulldogs

Tomahawk jumped on the Bulldogs early to knock them out of the playoffs on Friday, as Peshtigo was never able to respond to a four-run second.

11 Bulldog batters struck out in the game, including seven of their first nine, which allowed Tomahawk to keep them down and build a 5-0 lead after just two innings.

Madi Martin walked and scored in the sixth with the help of a passed ball to give Peshtigo their only run of the game.

The Bulldogs got two hits in the game, one from Shae Tonn and one from Grace Wickman. Olivia Lewis had the team's only RBI on a fielders' choice in the fifth.



Rangers Rout Tigers in Regional Action

The Wausaukee Ranger Softball team bagged a nice 9-1 regional playoff win wednesday night over the visiting Gresham Tigers to advance to the regional final.

After a scoreless first inning the Rangers got things going with a walk by Allison Versaskas. A few hitters later Madison Renikow singled for the RBI.

Gresham recorded their only run of the evening in the fifth.

Wausaukee responded with a Kylee Smith run in the bottom of the fifth and went wild over the sixth inning for seven additional runs.

That hot hitting sixth inning was led off by Renikow with a walk. Callie Orlando was struck by a pitch and Kaelyn Schlies reached off a fielders choice. Smith knocked in one run followed by Versaskas with another RBI. Kaila Backhaus wrapped up the scoring with a two RBI single.

At the plate the Rangers were led by Orlando with a two of three showing. with one run. Versaskas was one of two with two runs and two RBIs.

Lexi Zak took the mound win with nine strikeouts while allowing two hits, one earned run and two walks.

Grasham's K. Hands took the loss allowing six hits, six earned runs and six walks while striking out three.



Coleman Shellacks Laona/Wabeno

The Coleman Cougars went wild in their regional game against the Laona/Wabeno Rebels Wednesday night, defeating the invading Rebel forces 9-1.

After the Rebels fired in an opening game run, the Cougars responded in a big way, taking five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Laona/Wabeno was never able to revoker from the first inning momentum shift as the Cougars increased their total to six over the second inning before tagging on one in the fourth and two final runs win the sixth.

Annabelle Kotecki secured the pitching win for the Cougars striking out nine over her seven innings. She also spun 17 first pitch strikes.

At the plate Kotecki recorded three hits while bagging three RBIs along with Klimek who posted three runs and two RBIs. Caitlyn Huberty racked up two hits.



Coleman Secures Regional Championship


The Coleman Cougar softball team brought home a regional championship Saturday evening when they defeated Shiocton 4-2.

It was a quite over the opening innings for both teams in this regional final. But the Cougars were on target over the fourth. Piling up all of their winning four run total over the inning.

Shiocton found a late spark in the final inning and were able to muster a two run inning.

At the plate Kyla Manning was two of three with one run while Kailey Klimek was two of three.

Kotecki recorded the win for the Cougars with four strikeouts to her name while allowing seven hits, two eared runs and one walk.

Shiocton's Gunderson posted five strikeouts over her four inning loss while giving up five hits, four earned runs and two walks.



Wausaukee Takes Regional Championship Win Over Florence

The Wausaukee Ranger softball team is a Regional Championship team this year, thanks to a fantastic 12-5 win over the hosting Florence Bobcats Friday night.

Wausaukee wasted little time in getting ahead as Maddison Renikow led off the first with a single. Callie Orlando followed with a single while Allison Versaskas reached after being struck by a pitch. Kylee Smith recorded an RBI along with Madelyn Schlies who also add an RBI.

Florence's Kendra Milan crossed home off a Faith Neuens single for the 4-1 readout exiting the second inning.

Wausaukee improved their mark over the third with runs from Orlando and Versaskas off of hits from Kaelyn Schlies and Madelyn Schlies.

Florence added one run in the bottom of that inning.

The Ranger bats kept churning out the hits posting three runs over the fifth and three more over the sixth before Renikow wrapped up the Ranger scoring with a seventh inning score.

At the plate the Rangers were led by Orlando with a two of three showing with two runs. Renikow was three of five with three runs while Kaelyn Schlies was two of four with a run.



STAA/Lena Sets Down Niagara

The STAA/Lena Cavaliers took a Regional playoff win over the Niagara Badgers thursday night 13-5.

The action didn't pick until the third inning when the Badgers pushed one run across the plate.

The Cavies responded with three runs of their own. Marley Caviou led off with a single followed by Millie Benson on a double. Lilly LeFebvre reached on a fielders choice. All three scored for the lead.

But Niagara quickly took the lead back, thanks to a three run fourth.

But a massive scoring push by the Cavies over the fifth inning would be enough to break the back of the Badgers.

Eight runs were scored by the Cavies to wrap things up over the sixth.



Wausaukee Advances To Sectional Final With Win Over STAA/Lena

The Wausaukee Rangers' softball team will be battling for the Sectional final thanks to a 11-1 win over the hosting STAA/Lena Cavaliers in the semi final match Tuesday night.

Maddison Renikow, lead off hitter for the Rangers, has been putting her best foot forward in the past few games and this one was no different as she jump started the Ranger scoring machine with a first inning run off a Allison Versaskas RBI.

Wausaukee improved their mark in the fourth inning off a Kaelyn Schlies run that was brought in thanks to a Kaila Backhaus single.

The game was complete broken open over the fifth inning thanks to the Ranger hitters. Sammy Gruszynski led off that inning with a single followed by Renikow on a single. Kyle Smith brough in a run off a single while Kaelyn Schlies ripped a three run homer to bring the Rangers to a 6-0 lead.

STAA/Lena recored their only run of the evening in the sixth when Mille Benson was hit by a pitch and later brought in off a Kiana Bulin single.

The Rangers finished string with four runs in the seventh. During the four run inning Madelyn Schlies smacked a two RBI single.

At the plate the Rangers were led by Renikow with a four of five showing with two runs and one RBI. K. Schlies was three of four with three runs and two RBIs.

Lexi Zak took the pitching win with three strikeouts. She allowed four hits and one earned run.

Marley Carivou was saddled with the loss giving up 18 hits, 11 earned runs while striking out three.



Coleman Knocked off Tourney Trail By Weyauwega-Fremont

The Coleman Cougars met their season end Tuesday night when they took on Weyauwega-Fremont who bagged the win 9-0.

Coleman's Kyla Manning recored one hit for the Cougars.

Annabelle Kotecki took the pitching loss as she struck out six on the evening.


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