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Greenwood shuts out Columbus Catholic softball

Posted on 22 April 2017 by paul

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GREENWOOD – Greenwood scored all of its runs in the first three innings and went on to blank Marshfield Columbus Catholic 21-0 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division softball game Friday.

Three Dons’ pitchers combined to walk 15 batters and Columbus also committed five errors in the loss.

Sierra Litwaitis had a double for one of the Dons’ two hits in the loss.

Columbus Catholic (1-2, 0-2 Cloverbelt East) hosts Gilman on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

Indians 21, Dons 0
Columbus Catholic 000 00 – 0 2 5
Greenwood 4(12)5 0x – 21 6 0
WP:
Learman. LP: Ella Schultz.
SO: Schultz (1 1/3 inn.) 0, Maddie DeSmet (1 1/3 inn.) 2, Sierra Litwaitis (1 1/3 inn.) 3; Learman 13. BB: Schultz 8, DeSmet 6, Litwaitis 1; Learman 2.
Top hitters: CC, Litwaitis 2B. G, Lamovec 3×3, 2B; Nigon 2×3, 2B, 3 RBIs.
Records: Columbus Catholic 1-2, 0-2 Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Greenwood 6-3, 2-1 Cloverbelt East.

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Area softball preview: Expectations high for experienced Marshfield

Posted on 20 April 2017 by paul

Marshfield junior Megan Donahue is a force on the mound and at the plate for the Tigers, who are off to a 6-1 start this season. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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A strong group of returning players and an upset victory in the playoffs last spring has the Marshfield softball team thinking big coming into the 2017 season.

The Tigers won a WIAA Division 1 regional title last season with an upset victory at Chippewa Falls and finished 15-13 overall after losing 2-1 in the sectional semifinals to Hudson.

First-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference outfielder Jenna Jakobi and second-team pick Megan Donahue, the team’s main pitcher, are among those returning to the starting lineup for the Tigers, who are off to a 6-1 start this season.

Jakobi, a sophomore, hit .424 with 30 runs scored and seven outfield assists last year, while Donahue, a junior, smacked 12 home runs, had 47 RBIs and totaled 243 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings on the mound.

Also back are junior catcher Emily Draeger, senior third baseman Melissa Roberts, junior first baseman Kaitlyn Konrardy, junior infielder Morgan Nordbeck, and sophomore outfielders Rhiannon Corozolla and Maddie Mews.

“We have high expectations this year with a good returning core group of players coming back,” second-year Marshfield coach Daniel Costa said. “We expect to compete with the best teams in our conference for a conference title.”

Freshman Jordan Pretsch, and juniors Jasmine Fredrick and Madison Derus are among those that will also compete for playing time.

Marshfield’s lone loss this season came to defending conference and WIAA Division 1 state champion Stevens Point 4-1 on April 6.

After finishing fourth in the Wisconsin Valley Conference last season (7-5), Marshfield is primed to make a run toward a top spot.

“With so many of our conference teams winning playoff games and advancing last year, the fact that we have such a strong conference can only help us in the long run come playoff time,” Costa said. “After getting a small taste of success in our mouths with a regional championship at Chippewa Falls last year, we are eager and hungry to try to make an even deeper run into the playoffs this year.”

MARSHFIELD TIGERS
Coach:
Daniel Costa, second year (15-13).
Last year’s record: 15-13, 7-5 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
This year so far (through April 18): 6-1, 3-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. New Richmond 10-0 in Div. 1 regional semifinals; Def. Chippewa Falls 11-8 in regional finals; lost to Hudson 2-1 in sectional semifinals.
Returning players: Megan Donahue, jr., P/C; Emily Draeger, jr., C; Jenna Jakobi, so., OF; Melissa Roberts, sr., 3B; Kaitlyn Konrardy, jr., 1B/P; Megan Nordbeck, jr., 2B/SS; Rhiannon Corozolla, so., OF; Maddie Mews, so., OF.
Top newcomers: Jordan Pretsch, fr., SS/2B; Jasmine Fredrick, jr., OF; Madison Derus, jr., Utility.

AUBURNDALE APACHES
Coach:
Anne Teska, second year (9-10-1).
Last year’s record: 9-10-1, 6-6 Marawood Conference South Division.
This year so far (through April 18): 1-2, 0-1 Marawood South.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Loyal/Granton 7-2 in Div. 3 regional quarterfinals.
Returning players: Brooke Anderson, sr., SS; Jenna Ertl, sr., CF; Kaeden Dvorak, sr., C; Emma Dimick, jr., 2B; Hannah Bolder, jr., 1B; Rachael Bolder, jr., 3B/P; Teryn Lau, so., LF; Mackenzie Raab, so., RF; Alexis Soppe, so., P; Marissa Ponshock, so., 3B; Marissa Spatz, so., C.
Top newcomers: Jenna Snortheim, so.; Maggie Willfahrt, fr., P; Carly Willfarht, fr.; Natalie Aue, fr.; Abby Koopman, fr.
What the coach said: “Our expectations this year is to finish over .500,” Teska said. “We also expect to give teams a tough game. We start out season with a bang and beat Prentice 17-0 on March 31. We would also like to go farther in the regionals.”

COLUMBUS CATHOLIC DONS
Coach:
Arnie Neubauer, first year.
Last year’s record: 3-14, 1-11 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
This year so far (through April 18): 1-1, 0-1 Cloverbelt East.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Rib Lake 9-8 in Div. 4 regional quarterfinals.
Returning players: Sierra Litwatis, sr., SS/OF/P; Maddie DeSmet, sr., P/1B; Ella Schultz, jr., SS/P/OF; Maren Seefluth, so., OF/SS; Annie Baierl, so., C.
Top newcomers: Cassidy Strey, OF; Zoe Stratman, OF/2B; Sophia Mauney, OF/3B/P; Bekah Kitzhaber, OF/1B; Kasey Carter, OF; Taylor Tolppi, C/OF; Anna Roewe, 2B; Brooke Neider, 3B; Emiliy Nemitz, 3B; Holly Dean, OF; Annika Brown, 2B/OF; Addison Baierl, OF/1B/P; Mathilde Le gruella, jr., OF.
What the coach said: “(We want to) create an atmosphere that has players realizing that there’s a lot of positive fastpitch ability here at Columbus Catholic, and be competitive in every game,” Neubauer said. “There’s not a lot of pitching experience coming into the season. Our approach will be taking one at-bat at a time and one game at a time.”

SPENCER ROCKETS
Coach:
Jason Gorst, seventh year (120-42).
Last year’s record: 17-6, 12-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
This year so far (through April 18): 2-4, 1-0 Cloverbelt East.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. Loyal/Granton 14-4 in Div. 3 regional finals; lost to Marathon 2-1 in sectional semifinals.
Returning players: Courtney Buss, sr., SS/C; Jenna Schober, sr., OF; Lexi Baehr, jr., IF/C; Cinnamin Harwood, sr., iF; Katie Fleischman, sr., OF; Sadie Mercier, jr., IF/C; Tiffany Meinders, so., P; Felicia Bauer, so. OF.
Top newcomers: Montana Kleinschmidt, sr., 1B; Miranda Jackson, sr., DP; Aryiah Schuh, fr., OF; Shaelee Neitzel, so., OF.
What the coach said: “We have a lot of rebuilding to do with some of our major losses,” Gorst said. “The conference should have more parody than in past seasons, with as many as five teams that could win the championship. We hope to be competitive in that group, but we will need players to step forward.”

STRATFORD TIGERS
Coach:
Mandy Pankratz, 11th year (143-80).
Last year’s record: 19-7, 10-2 Marawood Conference South Division.
This year so far (through April 18): 5-1, 1-0 Marawood South.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 11-1 in Div. 3 regional quarterfinals; def. Bonduel 6-2 in regional semifinals; def. Oconto 5-3 in regional finals; def. Marathon 3-2 in sectional semifinals; lost to Laconia 2-0 in sectional finals.
Returning players: Brittany Bredemann, sr., C; Sammy Griesbach, sr., SS; Sammy Kaiser, sr., OF; Val Licciardi, sr., OF/P; Kiana Weiler, jr., P.
Top newcomers: Shalynn Griesmer, sr., 2B; Sam Manecke, sr., 1B; Cassidy VanDerLeest, jr., 3B; Courtney Kaiser, jr., Utility; McKenzie Ford, jr., OF; Anna Goldbach, jr., 1B; Madisyn Daul, jr., Utility; Kaylee Hollatz, jr., 1B/P; Kaitlyn Doll, sr., OF; Sydney Boeger, so., IF.
What the coach said: “We have some returning players in new positions and a lot of new faces to the varsity squad,” Pankratz said. “Our goal is to work together and improve each time we are on the field. I really expect this team to make huge strides from the beginning to the end of the season.”

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Columbus Catholic softball routs Pittsville for first win of season

Posted on 17 April 2017 by paul

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PITTSVILLE – Marshfield Columbus Catholic scored multiple runs in each of its five at-bats and blasted Pittsville 28-8 in a nonconference softball game Monday at Pittsville High School.

The Dons took advantage 11 walks and seven errors by Pittsville to win going away and improve to 1-1 this season. Pittsville is now 0-4.

Sierra Litwatis earned the win for Columbus, allowing two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. She also added a single, a triple, and two RBIs at the plate.

Brooke Neider had two hits and three RBIs, Annie Baierl had a double and five RBIs, and Annika Brown, Maddie DeSmet and Addison Baierl each had two hits and two RBIs for Columbus.

Columbus returns to action Friday at Greenwood.

Dons 28, Panthers 8
Columbus Catholic 298 54 – 28 13 3
Pittsville 140 12 – 8 4 7
WP:
Sierra Litwaitis. LP: Lydia Sanken.
SO: Litwaitis (4 2/3 inn.) 1, Ella Schultz (1/3 inn.) 1; Sanken (3 inn.) 3, Grimm (2 inn.) 1. BB: Litwaitis 5, Schultz 1; Sanken 8, Grimm 3.
Top hitters: C, Litwaitis 2×2, 3B, 2 RBIs; Maddie DeSmet 2×4, 2 RBIs; Brooke Neider 2×5, 2B, 3 RBIs; Addison Baierl 2×4, 2 RBIs; Annika Brown 2×5, 2B, 2 RBIs; Annie Baierl 2B, 5 RBIs; Bekah Kitzhaber 2B.
Records: Columbus Catholic 1-1; Pittsville 0-4.

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Neillsville/Granton holds off Columbus Catholic softball

Posted on 12 April 2017 by paul

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NEILLSVILLE – Neillsville/Granton scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 14-13 in a wild Cloverbelt Conference East Division softball game Tuesday at Neillsville High School.

Columbus Catholic, playing in its season-opener, came back from a 5-1 deficit to take a 6-5 lead with five runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Neillsville/Granton (2-0, 1-0 Cloverbelt East) responded with nine runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Dons came back with five more runs in the top of the sixth, and two in the seventh to cut the deficit to one but couldn’t get the tying run across.

Columbus pounded out 13 hits – three each from Maren Seefluth and Sierra Litwaitis.

Brianna Roehl had a home run and three RBIs for the Warriors.

Columbus walked 15 batters and committed six errors in the loss.

The Dons host Loyal at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

Warriors 14, Dons 13
Columbus Catholic 001 055 2 – 13 13 6
Neillsville/Granton 202 190 x – 14 6 0
WP:
Kaelyn Krults. LP: Maddie DeSmet.
Top hitters: CC, Maren Seefluth 3×3; Sierra Litwaitis 3×5, 2B, 4 RBIs; Ella Schultz 2×4; Annie Baierl 2B. NG, Ballegh Johnson 2B; Brianna Roehl, HR, 3 RBIs.
Records: Columbus Catholic 0-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Neillsville/Granton 2-0, 1-0 Cloverbelt East.

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Spencer, Columbus Catholic place numerous athletes on all-Cloverbelt Conference East softball, baseball teams

Posted on 24 June 2016 by paul

Spencer senior pitcher Macie Weber was named Cloverbelt Conference East Division Softball Player of the Year. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer senior pitcher Macie Weber was named Cloverbelt Conference East Division Softball Player of the Year. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Athletes from Spencer and Marshfield Columbus Catholic dotted the All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division softball and baseball teams, which were released recently.

Seven Rockets earn all-Cloverbelt East softball honors
Cloverbelt Conference East Division champion Spencer had seven of its nine regular starters named to the all-Cloverbelt East softball team for the 2016 season.

The Rockets won their second-straight Cloverbelt East title, going undefeated again at 12-0 and ran their conference winning streak to 27 games in the process.

Senior pitcher Macie Weber was named conference Player of the Year and was a first-team selection after going a perfect 9-0 on the mound and hitting eight homers in all this season.

“Macie was a great player for us all four years,” Spencer coach Jason Gorst said. “She is a great kid and was very deserving of winning Player of the Year. Her hitting was top notch this year and she won a lot of games for us in the circle. She no doubt had a huge impact on our success. There will be big shoes to fill for sure.”

Shortstop Courtney Buss and catcher Mandie Schultz were also named to the 10-player first team for Spencer. Buss, the Rockets’ leadoff hitter, had two three-hit games during conference play.

“Mandie was a very smart and crafty catcher,” Gorst said. “Defensively, she was very good. Her ability to expand the strike zone for pitchers was remarkable. Courtney stepped in at shortstop and proved to be a high-level athlete. Her baserunning ability also really stood out.”

Sophomore first baseman Lexi Baehr and outfielder Jenna Schober were named to the second team, and outfielder Cinnamin Harwood and designated player Kallie Reckner were honorable mention picks for Spencer.

Columbus Catholic senior Abby Baierl was the Dons’ lone all-conference representative, earning second-team honors after the Dons finished 1-11.

2016 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Softball Team
First team:
Emily Johnson, sr., Gilman; Morgan Birkenholz, sr., Gilman; Taylor Hendricks, jr., Gilman; Kaylee Learman, so., Greenwood; Morgan Reinwand, jr., Loyal/Granton; Devyn Schoonover, sr., Loyal/Granton; Dani Pfeiffer, sr., Neillsville; Macie Weber, sr., Spencer; Courtney Buss, jr., Spencer; Mandie Schultz, sr., Spencer.
Second team: Abby Baierl, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Kayla Chause, jr., Gilman; Lexi Hinker, sr., Greenwood; Ashley Walker, sr., Greenwood; Deveni Rowley, jr., Loyal/Granton; Ryleigh Wilke, sr., Loyal/Granton; Jenna Pavlac, sr., Neillsville; Baileigh Johnson, so., Neillsville; Lexi Baehr, so., Spencer; Jenna Schober, jr., Spencer.
Honorable mention: Venessa Lopez, fr., Colby; Mariah Person, sr., Gilman; Kasee Burton, so., Gilman; Kassidy Lamovec, jr., Greenwood; Kristyn Nigon, sr., Greenwood; Haley Rueth, fr., Loyal/Granton; Cinnamin Harwood, jr., Spencer; Kallie Reckner, sr., Spencer.
Player of the Year: Macie Weber, Spencer.

Columbus, Spencer have one named to baseball first team
Marshfield Columbus Catholic senior Matthias Gouin and Spencer sophomore Hunter Luepke earned first-team selections to the 2016 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball team, as voted on by the conference coaches.

Luepke, an outfielder and pitcher, helped the Rockets to a second-place tie with Neillsville at 12-4, three games behind conference champion Loyal.

Gouin was joined on the all-conference team for Columbus by teammates Tyler Fuerlinger (second team) and Billy Young (honorable mention). The Dons finished 7-9 and in sixth place in the conference standings.

Spencer infielder Jonny Tomke was a second-team selection.

Loyal, which went 15-1 in conference play, had four first-team selections and seven picks in all, including Player of the Year Brenden Collins.

2016 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Baseball Team
First team:
Matthias Gouin, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Brenden Collins, sr., Loyal; Kanyan Rachu, sr., Loyal; Colten Roehl, sr., Loyal; Riley Geiger, jr., Loyal; Jason Kurth, sr., Neillsville; Logan Matson, so., Neillsville; Kole Karaba, jr., Owen-Withee; A.J. Ovyn, so., Owen-Withee; Hunter Luepke, so., Spencer.
Second team: Aaron Morrow, jr., Colby; Tyler Fuerlinger, jr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Brock Opelt, jr., Granton; David Vesel, sr., Greenwood; Jake Waldhart, sr., Loyal; Josh Zupanc, sr., Loyal; Jacob Kunze, sr., Neillsville; David Harder, jr., Neillsville; Josiah Goerlitz, jr., Owen-Withee; Jonny Tomke, sr., Spencer.
Honorable mention: Billy Young, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Connor Skabroud, so., Gilman; Elliot Wininger, so., Gilman; Devin Toburen, so., Greenwood; Ben Zimmerman, sr., Loyal; Marshall Opelt, so., Neillsville; Ben Esker, sr., Owen-Withee.
Player of the Year: Brenden Collins, Loyal.

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Rib Lake tops Columbus Catholic in WIAA Division 4 softball regional quarterfinal

Posted on 24 May 2016 by paul

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RIB LAKE – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic softball team saw its season come to an end with a 9-8 loss to Rib Lake in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday.

The ninth-seeded Dons end the season with a 3-14 record.

Rib Lake (7-12) moves on to a regional semifinal on Wednesday at Thorp (22-2).

Statistics from the game were not provided.

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Spencer softball wins ninth in a row with shutout of Columbus Catholic

Posted on 05 May 2016 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Spencer softball won its 22nd-straight Cloverbelt Conference East Division game with a 12-0 shutout of Columbus Catholic on Thursday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

Tiffany Meinders tossed a five-inning no-hitter, striking out eight without a walk, for Spencer, who end the game after five innings via the 10-run rule.

“Tiffany came out and was throwing real well,” Spencer coach Jason Gorst said. “I’m really happy to see her get her first no-hitter.”

The Rockets had 12 hits, scoring in all five innings.

Courtney Buss went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, and Cinnamin Harwood and Mandie Schultz each had two hits for Spencer, which is now 9-2 overall and 7-0 in the Cloverbelt East after its ninth win in a row overall.

Cierra Litvaitis took the loss for Columbus Catholic, which falls to 1-8 overall and 0-8 in the conference.

Columbus Catholic is at Colby and Spencer plays at Gilman on Friday.

Rockets 12, Dons 0
Spencer 315 21 – 12 12 3
Columbus Catholic 000 00 – 0 0 0
WP:
Tiffany Meinders. LP: Cierra Litvaitis.
SO: Meinders 8; Litvaitis (4 inn.) 2, Schultz (1 inn.) 2. BB: Meinders 0; Litvaitis 6, Schultz 0.
Top hitters: S, Courtney Buss 3×4, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Cinnamin Harwood 2×2, 2B, 2 runs; Sadie Mercier 2 runs; Mandie Schultz 2×2, 3B, 2 RBIs; Macie Weber 2B.
Records: Spencer 9-2, 7-0 Cloverbelt East; Columbus Catholic 1-8, 0-8 Cloverbelt East.

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Spencer softball shuts out Columbus Catholic

Posted on 15 April 2016 by paul

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SPENCER – Macie Weber hit a home run in a six-run second inning to help push the Spencer softball team to an 11-0 win over Marshfield Columbus Catholic in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Friday at Spencer High School.

Courtney Buss and Cinnamin Harwood each had three hits and Weber drove in four runs for the Rockets, who improve to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Cloverbelt East.

Columbus Catholic drops to 1-3 and 0-3 in the Cloverbelt East.

The Dons were held to just two hits.

Spencer hosts Greenwood on Monday and Columbus is at Colby in Cloverbelt East action on Tuesday.

Rockets 11, Dons 0
Columbus Catholic 000 00 – 0 2 3
Spencer 164 0x – 11 12 0
WP:
Macie Weber. LP: Abby Baierl.
SO: Baierl 3; Weber (3 inn.) 9, Ellayna Lyon (1 inn.) 1, Tiffany Meinders (1 inn.) 1. BB: Baierl 3; Weber 1, Lyon 1, Meinders 0.
Top hitters: S, Courtney Buss 3×3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Lexi Baehr 2×3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Cinnamin Harwood 3×3; Weber HR, 4 RBIs; Kallie Reckner 2×3.
Records: Columbus Catholic 1-3, 0-3 Cloverbelt East; Spencer 3-2, 2-0 Cloverbelt East.

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Softball preview: Marshfield looking to take next step

Posted on 12 April 2016 by paul

Marshfield sophomore Megan Donahue will be force at the plate and on the mound this season for the Tigers. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield sophomore Megan Donahue will be force at the plate and on the mound this season for the Tigers. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield softball team has a new coach, only one senior, and is coming off a 3-9 season in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, but that is not stopping the Tigers from thinking they are a contender for a top spot in the conference this spring.

While Stevens Point, winners of 18-straight WVC titles, is the favorite to do it again, first-year coach Daniel Costa said he sees the talent in this year’s Marshfield squad that it should be able to finish in the top third of the conference.

“We have the horses to give them (Stevens Point) a game,” Costa said. “Do we have the depth they have? No. But if our No. 1 pitcher (Megan Donahue) is on and we have the defense to back her up, we can compete. It would be a disappointment, with the talent we have, to not finish in the top two or three in the conference.”

Marshfield went 9-15 overall last year and was bounced in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs. However, six of those losses were by one run, and that coming with three freshmen and two sophomores in the everyday lineup.

With the experience that those young players added, Costa said he feels the Tigers are ready to take the next step.

Catcher Emily Draeger, pitcher/shortstop Megan Donahue, and second baseman Morgan Nordbeck, all sophomores, along with senior third baseman Lexi Dupee, all earned all-conference honors last year.

Draeger, the Tigers’ lone first-team pick, was regarded as one of the better defensive catchers in the conference and also hit .365 with eight RBIs and five stolen bases in conference play.

Donahue was the main pitcher last year, and will be again, after going 2-6 with a league-high 88 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings in WVC action. She also hit .382 and was fourth the Valley with 13 RBIs.

Nordbeck and Dupee were honorable mention choices in 2015.

Junior shortstop/outfielder Melissa Roberts and junior outfielder Alyssa Ede also return to the lineup, and sophomore Kaitlyn Konrardy will play first base and find some time on the mound to give Donahue an occasional rest.

Freshmen outfielders Madeline Mews and Jenna Jakobi round out the starting lineup.

“We are young, but have a lot of potential,” Costa said. “We need more team speed, that is something I’m searching for. We are going to be a gutty, scrappy team, trying to push runs across. The top four or five in the lineup are strong. The bottom will have to bunt, hit-and-run…steal one or two down there.

“We are looking to fill those 9-10-11 spots and get them to play at the 4-5-6 level in the lineup.”

MARSHFIELD TIGERS
Coach:
Daniel Costa, first year.
Last year’s record: 9-15, 3-9 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
2015 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Eau Claire North 3-2 in WIAA Division 1 regional semifinals.
Returning players: Melissa Roberts, jr., SS/LF; Alyssa Ede, jr., OF; Morgan Nordbeck, so., 2B; Lexi Dupee, sr., 3B; Kaitlyn Konrardy, so., P/1B; Emily Draeger, so., C; Megan Donahue, so., P/SS.
Top newcomers: Madeline Mews, fr., OF; Jenna Jakobi, fr., OF; Rhiannon Corobolla, fr., OF/1B/P; Jasmine Fredrick, so., C; Ashtin Zunker, so., OF.

AUBURNDALE APACHES
Coach:
Anne Teske, first year.
Last year’s record: 6-15, 3-9 Marawood Conference South Division.
2015 WIAA playoffs: Lost 10-1 to Loyal/Granton in WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal.
Returning players: Robyn Brokish, sr., P/1B; Mickey Terry, sr., LF; Katie Lundgren, sr., 2B; Hunter Hilber, sr., RF; Sydney Schmutzer, sr., 3B; Jenna Ertl, jr., CF; Brooke Anderson, jr., SS; Rachael Bolder, so., P; Kaeden Dvorak, jr., C; Hannah Bolder, so., 1B; Emma Dimmick, so., 2B; Sherri Brandl, so., C.
Outlook: The Apaches bring back pitchers Robyn Brokish and Rachael Bolder, who was an honorable mention all-Marawood South selection last year. Centerfielder Jenna Ertl also is back after earning second-team all-conference honors. Junior shortstop Brooke Anderson, an honorable mention choice in 2015, is one of the Apaches’ top hitters.
What the coach said: “Our expectations for this season is to prove we are contenders,” Teske said. “We might not win most games, but we will put up a good fight. The girls have been working very, very hard. Their progression is amazing.”

COLUMBUS CATHOLIC DONS
Coach:
Jared Krasselt, first year.
Last year’s record: 3-15, 3-11 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
2015 WIAA playoffs: Lost 13-2 to Greenwood in WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal.
Returning players: Abby Baierl, sr., P/SS; Lindsay Schultz, sr., Utility; Lauren Derfus, sr., 2B; Ruth Schultz, sr., OF.
Top newcomers: Annie Baierl, C/SS, fr.; Maren Seefluth, fr., SS.
Others in the mix: Maddie DeSmet, jr., P/1B; Sierra Litwatis, jr., Utility; Sydney Tolppi, jr., C/OF; Baylie Neider, jr., OF; Gabriella Schultz, so., Utility; Zoey Stratman, so., 2B; Rebecca Kithauber, so., 1B; Sophia Mauney, so., P/3B; Kasey Carter, so., Utility.
Outlook: The Dons look to improve on a three-win season with a group of four seniors returning, including honorable mention all-conference pitcher/shortstop Abby Baierl.

SPENCER ROCKETS
Coach:
Jason Gorst, seventh year (103-35).
Last year’s record: 21-4, 14-0 Cloverbelt East.
2015 WIAA playoffs: Def. Loyal/Granton 3-0 in WIAA Division 3 regional semifinals; Lost 9-1 to Marathon in regional finals.
Returning players: Macie Weber, sr., P; Mandie Schultz, sr., C; Lindsey Vaughan, sr., 3B; Kallie Reckner, sr., DP; Courtney Buss, jr., 2B; Katie Fleischman, jr., OF; Lexi Baehr, so., 1B.
Others in the mix: Elllayna Lyon, sr., P/IF; Jessica Meinders, sr., OF; Sydney Kind, sr., OF; Jenna Schober, jr., OF; Cinnamin Harwood, jr., OF; Felicia Bauer, jr., IF/P; Montana Kleinschmidt, jr., IF/OF; Sadie Mercier, so., IF/OF/C; Tiffany Meinders, fr., P/IF/C.
Outlook: The Rockets are coming off a perfect season in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division as they won their third championship in the last six years. Seven letterwinners return this season, including first-team all-conference pitcher Macie Weber, who was 16-3 with a 1.34 ERA and 148 strikeouts a year ago. Catcher Mandie Schultz (.380 batting average), third baseman Lindsey Vaughan (.344 average, 18 RBIs), and first baseman Lexi Baehr (.338, 19 RBIs) are also back after being named second-team all-conference a year ago.

STRATFORD TIGERS
Coach:
Mandy Pankratz, 10th year (124-73)
Last year’s record: 20-6, 11-1 Marawood Conference South Division.
2015 WIAA playoffs: Def. Colby 15-0 in WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinals; Lost 5-0 to Marathon in regional semifinals.
Returning players: Casey Kolbeck, sr., 1B; Kaylee Geiger, sr., 3B; Lorrie Luepke, sr., P/IF; Courtney Krall, sr., OF; Emily Manecke, sr., Utility; Brittany Bredemann, jr., C; Sammy Griesbach, jr., OF; Sammy Kaiser, jr., OF; Val Licciardi, jr., OF; Kiana Weiler, so., P/IF.
Top newcomers: Macey Kilty, fr., SS; Hannah Schoenfuss, sr., Utility.
Outlook: The Tigers return 10 varsity players, including four that received all-Marawood South honors in each of the past two years, and two others that were on the all-conference squad in 2015 when Stratford finished 20-6 overall and tied Marathon for the conference title at 11-1. Catcher Brittany Bredemann hit. 625 with 17 RBIs in conference play and third baseman Kaylee Geiger batted .500 with 18 RBIs last year for the Tigers. Those two, along with pitcher Lorrie Luepke (6-1, 1.91 ERA, and .400 batting average), were first-team all-Marawood South choices.
What the coach had to say: “We have a great group of girls returning and some new faces as well,” Pankratz said. “This group doesn’t take anything for granted and realize that they need to work hard each and every day. They take the team philosophy very seriously and that is our focus daily. We have a tough schedule this year and I am excited to see this group work together to get better each day out.”

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Columbus Catholic softball rolls in opener

Posted on 11 April 2016 by paul

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BOYD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic softball team kicked off its 2016 season with an impressive 18-1 win over Stanley-Boyd in a nonconference contest Monday.

Abby Baierl earned the win for the Dons, tossing a five-inning no-hitter. She struck out five and walked two.

Maddie DeSmet went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, Maren Seefluth had two hits and two RBIs, and Bailey Neider had a hit, walked three times, and scored three runs for Columbus.

The Dons are at Loyal in their Cloverbelt Conference East Division opener on Tuesday.

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