Luepke homers for Tigers
By Paul Lecker
STRATFORD — Stratford scored all six of its runs in the first three innings and held on from there, beating Bonduel 6-2 in a WIAA Division 3 softball regional semifinal Thursday at Hilgemann Field.
Fourth-seeded Stratford (17-6) will play at No. 1 seed Oconto (22-3) in a regional final Friday.
Stratford scored twice in the first inning and added three more in the third. After Bonduel scored twice in the third, the Tigers came back with a run in the bottom of the inning and held the 6-2 lead the rest of the way.
Kiana Weiler struck out four to earn the complete-game win for Stratford as she scattered eight hits.
Lorrie Luepke hit a home run and had three RBIs, and Brittany Bredemann, Macey Kilty, and Weiler each had two hits for Stratford.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Tigers 6, Bears 2
Bonduel 002 000 0 – 2 8 1
Stratford 231 000 x – 6 12 1
WP: Kiana Weiler. LP: Gehm.
SO: Gehm (1 1/3 inn.) 1, Pederson (4 2/3 inn.) 3; Weiler 4. BB: Gehm 2, Pederson 1; Weiler 2.
Top hitters: B, Pederson 3×4, 2B; Schmidt 2×4, 2B. S, Brittany Bredemann 2×4, 2B, 2 runs; Macey Kilty 2×4; Lorrie Luepke 2×3, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Casey Kolbeck 2B; Weiler 2×3.
Records: Bonduel 11-11; Stratford 17-6.