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Stratford softball drops two at home tournament

Posted on 22 April 2017 by paul

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STRATFORD – The Stratford softball team dropped a pair of games at its home Stratford Invitational on Saturday at Hilgemann Field.

Wisconsin Rapids Assumption blanked Stratford 4-0 in what counted as a Marawood Conference South Division game after the originally scheduled contest was postponed on Friday. The Tigers also lost 4-3 to Mosinee in eight innings.

Kiana Weiler took the loss in both games for Stratford, giving up four runs in each game. She struck out three and didn’t walk a batter against Assumption (4-0, 3-0 Marawood South), and had one strikeout and one walk vs. Mosinee (6-2).

Stratford was held to three hits in the loss to Assumption as Kendall Schill tossed a complete game, striking out five.

The Tigers pounded out 14 hits against Mosinee, but could only muster single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Mosinee won it with a run in the bottom of the eighth.

Brittany Bredemann continued her hot hitting for the Tigers (5-3, 1-1 Marawood South) with a double against Assumption and she was 3-for-5 with another double and an RBI against the Indians.

Sammy Kaiser was 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Stratford against Mosinee.

Stratford hosts Pittsville at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Hilgemann Field.

Royals 4, Tigers 0
Assumption 101 001 1 – 4 12 0
Stratford 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
WP:
Kendall Schill. LP: Kiana Weiler.
SO: K. Schill 5; Weiler 3. BB: K. Schill 3; Weiler 0.
Top hitters: A, Ellie Schill 2×4, HR, 2 runs, RBI; Taylor Nelson 2×4, 2B; Claire Preuss 2×4, 3B; Colette Stoflet 2B. S, Brittany Bredemann 2B.
Records: Assumption 4-0, 3-0 Marawood Conference South Division; Stratford 5-2, 1-1 Marawood South.

Indians 4, Tigers 3 (8 inn.)
Stratford 100 100 10 – 3 14 0
Mosinee 003 000 01 – 4 8 1
WP:
Soupkup. LP: Weiler.
SO: Weiler 1; Soupkup 6. BB: Weiler 1; Soupkup 1.
Top hitters: S, Bredemann 3×5, 2B, RBI; Sammy Griesbach 2×4; Sammy Kaiser 4×4, 2B, RBI; Madisyn Daul 2 runs. M, Wierzbanowski 2×4, 2B, RBI; Garski 2B, RBI; Rux 2B; Johnson 2×3, RBI.
Records: Stratford 5-3; Mosinee 6-2.

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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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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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Stratford softball blasts Rib Lake

Posted on 18 April 2017 by paul

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RIB LAKE – The Stratford softball team pounded out 12 hits and went on to rout Rib Lake 11-1 in a nonconference game Tuesday.

Stratford scored six runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back to improve to 5-1 this season. Rib Lake is 1-4.

Sammy Griesbach went 4-for-5 and scored three times, and Brittany Bredemann and Kiana Weiler each had two hits for the Tigers.

Weiler earned the win, striking out eight in a six-inning, complete-game effort. A day after pitching a five-inning perfect game, Weiler allowed just two hits and one walk on Tuesday.

Stratford plays a Marawood Conference South Division game Friday at Pittsville.

Tigers 11, Redmen 1
Stratford 610 022 – 11 12 3
Rib Lake 001 000 – 1 2 1
WP:
Kiana Weiler. LP: Vlach.
SO: Weiler 8; Vlach 0. BB: Weler 1; Vlach 6.
Top hitters: S, Brittany Bredemann 2×4, 2 runs; Sammy Griesbach 4×5, 3 runs; Weiler 2×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Val Licciardi 2 runs; McKenzie Ford 2 RBIs.
Records: Stratford 5-1; Rib Lake 1-4.

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Weiler tosses five-inning perfect game as Stratford softball wipes out Newman Catholic

Posted on 17 April 2017 by paul

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STRATFORD – Kiana Weiler tossed a five-inning perfect game, striking out seven, to lead the Stratford softball team to a 16-0 win over Wausau Newman Catholic in its Marawood Conference South Division opener Monday at Hilgemann Field.

Shalynn Griesmer had three hits and five RBIs, and Brittany Bredemann had two hits and scored three times for Stratford, which is now 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Marawood South.

Newman pitcher Elise Brown walked nine batters and the Cardinals committed seven errors behind her.

Stratford’s next game is Tuesday at Rib Lake.

Tigers 16, Cardinals 0
Newman Catholic 000 00 – 0 0 7
Stratford 265 3x – 16 10 0
WP:
Kiana Weiler. LP: Elise Brown.
SO: Brown 2; Weiler 7. BB: Brown 9; Weiler 0.
Top hitters: S, Brittany Bredemann 2×3, 2B, 3 runs; Sammy Griesbach 2 runs; Sammy Kaiser 3 runs; Cassidy Vanderleest 2B; Val Licciardi 3 runs; Shalynn Griesmer 3×4, 5 RBIs; Madisyn Daul 2 runs, 2 SBs.
Records: Wausau Newman Catholic 0-2 overall and Marawood South; Stratford 4-1, 1-0 Marawood South.

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Stratford softball whips Loyal

Posted on 07 April 2017 by paul

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LOYAL – Brittany Bredemann had four hits and three RBIs, and Kiana Weiler tossed a two-hitter as the Stratford softball team whipped Loyal 11-1 in a nonconference game Friday at Loyal High School.

The game ended after five innings via the 10-run rule.

Bredemann was 4-for-4, which included a double, and scored four times out of the leadoff spot for the Tigers (3-1).

Sammy Kaiser was 3-for-4 with five RBIs, and Sammy Griesbach and Weiler each had two hits for Stratford.

Weiler struck out seven and did not walk a batter to earn the win on the mound for the Tigers.

Stratford opens its Marawood Conference South Division schedule Monday at Wausau Newman Catholic.

Tigers 11, Greyhounds 1
Stratford 140 42 – 11 14 1
Loyal 000 10 – 1 2 0
WP:
Kiana Weiler. LP: Rowley.
SO: Weiler 7; Rowley (4 inn.) 1, Morgan Reinwand (1 inn.) 3. BB: Weiler 0; Rowley 4, Reinwand 0.
Top hitters: S, Brittany Bredemann 4×4, 2B, 4 runs, 3 RBIs; Sammy Griesbach 2×2, 2 runs; Weiler 2×3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Sammy Kaiser 3×4, 2B, 5 RBIs; Shalynn Griesmer 2B, 3 runs. L, Wilke RBI.
Records: Stratford 3-1; Loyal 0-2.

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Stratford softball splits two at Poynette

Posted on 01 April 2017 by paul

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POYNETTE – The Stratford softball team split a pair of games at Poynette on Saturday, losing to the host Pumas 7-1 and beating Monona Grove 4-2.

Kiana Weiler started both games on the mound for the Tigers, who are now 2-1 on the young season.

She struck out one in five innings against Poynette, suffering the loss. Courtney Kaiser was 3-for-3 with the lone RBI, and Brittany Bredemann was 2×4 for Stratford.

In the victory over Monona Grove, Weiler threw a complete game, striking out seven. She did not walk a batter in either game.

Bredemann, Sammy Griesbach, Weiler, Cassidy Vanderleest and Shalynn Griesmer all went 2-for-4 for the Tigers in the victory as Stratford pounded out 13 hits.

Stratford plays at Tomahawk on Monday.

Pumas 7, Tigers 1
Poynette 210 100 3 – 7 12 0
Stratford 000 001 0 – 1 8 1
WP:
Bredeson. LP: Kiana Weiler.
SO: Bredeson 14; Weiler (5 inn.) 1, Val Licciardi (2 inn.) 2. BB: Bredeson 2; Weiler 0, Licciardi 1.
Top hitters: P, Renz 2×4; Brookins 2 runs; Radewan 3×4, 2B; Tomlinson 2B, 2 runs; Doherty 2×3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Knuteson 2×4, 2B. S, Brittany Bredemann 2×4; Courtney Kaiser 3×3, RBI.
Records: Poynette 1-0; Stratford 2-1.

Tigers 4, Silver Eagles 2
Stratford 202 000 0 – 4 13 1
Monona Grove 011 000 0 – 2 9 1
WP:
Weiler. LP: Guerton.
SO: Weiler 7; Guerton (5 inn.) 3, Remus (2 inn.) 2. BB: Weiler 0; Guerton 0, Remus 0.
Top hitters: S, Bredemann 2×4, 2B; Sammy Griesbach 2×4, Weiler 2×4, 2B; Sammy Kaiser 2B; Cassidy Vanderleest 2×4, 2B; Shalynn Griesmer 2×4. MG, Gerothanas 2×4; Miller 2B; Garey 2×4.
Records: Stratford 2-0; Monona Grove 0-1.

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Stratford outlasts Spencer in softball opener

Posted on 31 March 2017 by paul

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SPENCER – Stratford scored three runs in the top of the first inning and held off a late rally to beat Spencer 5-2 in a nonconference softball game Friday at Spencer High School.

The game was the season-opener for both teams.

Stratford pushed its lead to 5-0 with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Spencer scored twice in the bottom of the seventh but came up short in its comeback bid.

Brittany Bredemann went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, and Sammy Griesbach and Courtney Kaiser each had two hits in the win for the Tigers.

Kiana Weiler tossed a complete game, striking out six and allowing five hits and one walk to earn the win for Stratford.

Tiffany Meinders struck out 11 for Spencer.

“We got off to a bit of a rough start, but we played better as the game went on,” Spencer coach Jason Gorst said. “Stratford played a very fundamentally solid game. They should be a good team this year.”

Stratford makes a quick turnaround and plays a doubleheader at Poynette on Saturday against Poynette and Monona Grove.

Spencer hosts Eau Claire Regis in nonconference action on Monday.

Tigers 5, Rockets 2
Stratford 300 110 0 – 5 11 1
Spencer 000 000 2 – 2 5 3
WP:
Kiana Weiler. LP: Tiffany Meinders.
SO: Weiler 6; Meinders 11. BB: Weiler 1; Meinders 2.
Top hitters: ST, Brittany Bredemann 4×4, 2B, 2 runs; Sammy Griesbach 2×4, run; Courtney Kaiser, 2×4; Cassidy VanderLeest 2B. SP, Lexi Baehr 2B.
Records: Stratford 1-0; Spencer 0-1.

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Stratford, Auburndale well-represented on Marawood South all-conference baseball and softball teams

Posted on 18 June 2016 by paul

Stratford third baseman Kaylee Geiger was one of three Tigers named to the first team of the 2016 all-Marawood Conference South Division softball team. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford third baseman Kaylee Geiger was one of three Tigers named to the first team of the 2016 all-Marawood Conference South Division softball team. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Stratford’s Bredemann unanimous first-team pick to softball team
Stratford junior catcher Brittany Bredemann was one of four players unanimously selected to the All-Marawood Conference South Division softball team.

Bredemann hit .460 (23 of 50) with eight doubles, three triples, and 19 RBIs for the Tigers, who were 10-2 in the Marawood South.

Senior third baseman Kaylee Geiger and senior pitcher/designated player Lorrie Luepke were also named to the first team for Stratford.

Geiger led the Tigers with a .556 batting average in conference play (25 of 45) and topped the Marawood South with nine doubles, three home runs, and 24 runs scored. She also had 18 RBIs.

Luepke hit .444 (20 of 45) with seven doubles and 13 RBIs, and was 5-0 with a 2.07 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.

Senior first baseman Casey Kolbeck and junior outfielder Sammy Griesbach were second-team picks, and sophomore pitcher Kiana Weiler and freshman shortstop Macey Kilty were honorable mention selections for Stratford.

Auburndale had three all-conference performers, with senior Sydney Schmutzer named to the second team, and junior Brooke Anderson and senior Robyn Brokish earning honorable mention status after the Apaches finished 6-6 and in fourth place in the standings.

Schmutzer hit .500 (15 of 30), while Anderson had a team-high 14 runs scored and batted .394, and Brokish hit .281 and went 3-0 pitching with a 3.00 ERA.

2016 All-Marawood Conference South Division Softball Team
First team:
Taylor Nelson, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Erin Sullivan, so., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; *Ellie Schill, so., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Allison Stieber, sr., Marathon; *Amanda Kind, jr., Marathon; *Julia Anderson, sr., Marathon; Lauren Fech, jr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Lorrie Luepke, sr., Stratford; Kaylee Geiger, sr., Stratford; *Brittany Bredemann, jr., Stratford. (* unanimous selection)
Second team: Macyn Krings, sr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Sydney Schmutzer, sr., Auburndale; Cameron Sonnentag, sr., Marathon; Courtney Ford, sr., Marathon; Jayce Blume, sr., Marathon; Taylor Jankowski, sr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Cassie Bieneck, sr., Northland Lutheran; Steph Kohl, sr., Pittsville; Casey Kolbeck, sr., Stratford; Sammy Griesbach, jr., Stratford.
Honorable mention: Claire Preuss, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Colette Stoflet, so., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Brooke Anderson, jr., Auburndale; Robyn Brokish, sr., Auburndale; Sasha Hornung, so., Marathon; Paige Kurtz, jr., Marathon; Brogan Kimball, sr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Mikayla Tomsyck, sr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Hallie Engelbrecht, jr., Northland Lutheran; Cassidy Maroszek, fr., Northland Lutheran; Carly Solatycki, sr., Pittsville; Skye Klein, jr., Pittsville; Kiana Weiler, so., Stratford; Macey Kilty, fr., Stratford.

Stratford has pair of all-Marawod South baseball team
Stratford juniors Cole Hoffman and Dylan Peterson, and Auburndale junior Logan Willfahrt were among the first-team selections to the 2016 All-Marawood Conference South Division Baseball Team, as voted on by the seven conference coaches.

All three local players were unanimous selections as nine of the 10 first-team picks were chosen unanimously by the coaches.

Stratford finished 8-4 and in a tie for second place with Pittsville in the conference standings behind champion Marathon. Auburndale was 6-6 and in fourth place.

Hoffman led the Marawood South in batting average, hitting .500 (20 of 40), with two home runs, eight RBIs, 16 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases. He also went 5-2 on the mound with a 1.10 earned-run average, which was second in the conference.

Peterson batted .409 (18 of 44) with a team-high 12 RBIs.

Willfahrt led the conference with 11 stolen bases, and hit .343 (12 of 35) with 11 runs scored and eight RBIS.

Auburndale junior Caleb Weinfurter and Stratford junior Dakota Singer were among the second-team selections.

2016 All-Marawood Conference South Division Baseball Team
First team:
*Brady Baltus, sr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; *Logan Willfahrt, jr., Auburndale; *Ryan Gassner, sr., Marathon; *Noah Dirks, jr., Marathon; *Landen Williamson, sr., Marathon; *Karter Underwood, sr., Marathon; *Paul Downs, sr., Pittsville; Aron Masanz, sr., Pittsville; *Cole Hoffman, jr., Stratford; *Dylan Peterson, jr., Stratford. (*unanimous selection)
Second team: Joe Grunhoffer, so., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Caleb Weinfurter, jr., Auburndale; Ben Martin, sr., Marathon; Hunter Schara, jr., Marathon; Connor Wulf, so., Wausau Newman Catholic; Noah Panzer, sr., Northland Lutheran; Clay Schult, so., Northland Lutheran; Dakota Landphier, so., Pittsville; Jacob Neve, jr., Pittsville; Dakota Singer, jr., Stratford.
Honorable mention: Brandon Birkhauser, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Nathaniel Clark, sr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Colton Wright, fr., Auburndale; Ryan Isaacson, so., Auburndale; Riley Anderson, so., Marathon; Carter Hanke, fr., Marathon; Cade Kimball, fr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Kasey Kalafice, fr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Connor Schubring, so., Northland Lutheran; David Gustovson, jr., Northland Lutheran; Aidan Masanz, jr., Pittsville; Ryan Zickert, fr., Pittsville; Kade Ehrike, fr., Stratford.

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Laconia silences Stratford bats in WIAA Division 3 softball sectional final

Posted on 02 June 2016 by paul

Stratford third baseman Kaylee Geiger makes a throw to first after fielding a bunt during the Tigers' 2-0 loss to Laconia in a WIAA Division 3 softball sectional final Thursday at Spud Field in Plover. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford third baseman Kaylee Geiger makes a throw to first after fielding a bunt during the Tigers’ 2-0 loss to Laconia in a WIAA Division 3 softball sectional final Thursday at Spud Field in Plover. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford catcher Brittany Bredemann throws out a runner trying to steal during the second inning of the Tigers' 2-0 loss to Laconia in a WIAA Division 3 softball sectional final Thursday at Spud Field in Plover. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford catcher Brittany Bredemann throws out a runner trying to steal during the second inning of the Tigers’ 2-0 loss to Laconia in a WIAA Division 3 softball sectional final Thursday at Spud Field in Plover. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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PLOVER – The Stratford softball team knew it would have its hands full against Laconia pitcher Kayla Schwebke, and the Spartans’ right-hander was up to the task.

Schwebke no-hit the Tigers, striking out 13, as Laconia topped Stratford 2-0 in a WIAA Division 3 softball sectional final Thursday at Spud Field at Woyak Park.

Despite not getting a hit, Stratford took the outcome of the game to the bitter end. Macey Kilty walked and Lorrie Luepke reached on an error to start the top of the seventh against Schwebke.

After getting two out, Schwebke walked Val Licciardi to load the bases. However, Sammy Kaiser struck out looking to end the game.

Laconia (27-0), the defending Division 3 state champion, returns to the WIAA State Softball Tournament in Madison next weekend. The Spartans will take on Mishicot in the second of two D-3 semifinals on Friday, June 10, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Grantsburg and Poynette will play in the first semifinal.

“We talked about how you have two options (against Schwebke),” Stratford coach Mandy Pankratz said. “You can put yourself in the front of the box and try to catch up with it, but we thought we’d be better off back in the box, try to crowd the plate a little bit and lay off the rise ball.”

Laconia scored once in the first and again in the fourth against Stratford pitcher Kiana Weiler. The Tigers’ sophomore was strong on the mound as well, giving up six hits – three in the first inning – and finished with four strikeouts and two walks.

Anna Wagner had an RBI single in the first. She led off the fourth with another single and scored on a two-out double by Melanie Hopp to provide the game’s only runs.

Kilty walked with out in the first inning and no Tiger reached base again until the seventh as Schwebke retired 17 straight batters, 11 by strikeout.

Despite the offensive struggles, Pankratz said she had faith.

“We fouled a lot of pitches off in there and I was just kind of waiting for that one to go through,” Pankratz said. “I thought we were aggressive and still attacked good pitches. I wasn’t doubting there, I was like, ‘Here we go.’ But credit to them, they’re a great ball team. It’s not an easy situation for our girls to be in, but they put the ball in play. It just didn’t go our way today.”

Stratford’s season ends with a 19-7 record after it reached its first sectional final since 2007 with an impressive nine-inning win over Marawood South-rival Marathon on Wednesday. Marathon had knocked the Tigers out of the playoffs in each of the past five seasons.

“This is an incredible group of kids,” Pankratz said. “We talk about how we create memories every day. This isn’t your fondest memory losing here, but they made it here and that’s something a lot of the teams in the state can’t say they did.

“It was big (beating Marathon). It’s kind of a little bit of a mental situation for us the last couple of years.”

Spartans 2, Tigers 0
Stratford 000 000 0 – 0 0 1
Laconia 100 100 x – 2 6 1
WP:
Kayla Schwebke. LP: Kiana Weiler.
SO: Weiler 4; Schwebke 13. BB: Weiler 2; Schwebke 3.
Top hitters: L, Payton Kastenschmidt 2×3, 2 2Bs; Anna Wegner 2×3, run, RBI; Melanie Hopp 2B, RBI. S, Macey Kilty 2 BBs.
Records: Stratford 19-7; Laconia 27-0.

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Stratford tops Marathon in nine innings to win WIAA Division 3 softball sectional semifinal

Posted on 01 June 2016 by paul

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NEILLSVILLE – It took about 25 hours, but the Stratford softball team finally was able to put a postseason win on the board against conference-rival Marathon.

The game, which started Tuesday, resumed Wednesday afternoon in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied at 2-2 after rain forced the WIAA Division 3 softball sectional semifinal to be suspended.

The Tigers scratched out a run in the top of the ninth and held on to beat Marathon 3-2 to advance to a sectional final Thursday at Plover. Stratford (19-6) will take on No. 1-ranked and defending D-3 champion Laconia (26-0) in a sectional final at 4:30 p.m. at Woyak Park. The winner advances to the 2016 WIAA State Softball Tournament in Madison on June 9-11, a tournament Stratford has never played in.

Marathon had beaten Stratford twice during the regular season to outlast the Tigers for the Marawood Conference South Division championship, but more remarkably, had knocked Stratford out of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs in each of the past five seasons.

Casey Kolbeck singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sammy Griesbach, and scored on a single by Brittany Bredemann to put Stratford in the lead in the ninth.

After Kenya Kaldunski singled to lead off the bottom of the inning for the Raiders, Stratford pitcher Kiana Weiler struck out a batter. Kaldunski was then gunned down by Bredemann, the Tigers’ catcher, trying to advance on a ball in the dirt, and Weiler got the final batter to ground out to end it.

Weiler pitched all nine innings for Stratford, scattering five hits and allowing just the two runs, both coming in the second inning.

Lorrie Luepke drove in a run on a ground out in the third and Bredemann delivered an RBI single in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2 for the Tigers.

Stratford got out of a jam in the eighth with a double play and took advantage by plating the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth.

Tigers 3, Raiders 2
Stratford 001 010 001 – 3 5 4
Marathon 002 000 000 – 2 5 4
WP:
Kiana Weiler. LP: Cameron Sonnentag.
SO: Weiler 3; Sonnentag 3. BB: Weiler 3; Sonnentag 4.
Top hitters: S, Brittany Bredemann 2×4, 2 RBIs; Sammy Griesbach 2×3, 2 runs; Lorrie Luepke RBI.
Records: Stratford 19-6; Marathon 15-6.

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