Tigers drop to 6-3 in WVC
By Paul Lecker
MARSHFIELD — D.C. Everest scored three times in the top of the first inning, and it proved to be enough as the Evergreens topped Marshfield 5-1 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference softball game Thursday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.
Marshfield scored once in the bottom of the first inning and had plenty of other chances to make it closer but could not convert.
The Tigers had two runners on in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings but could not muster another run against D.C. Everest pitcher Miranda Gajewski.
Two dropped pop-ups in the bottom of the seventh kept Marshfield alive before Everest was finally able to record the final out. Gajewski finished with seven strikeouts and scattered six hits in the complete-game effort.
“She’s (Gajewski) been great all four of our years,” Marshfield coach Dan Costa said. “I’m biased because I think (Megan) Donahue is the best pitcher in the league, but if Donahue’s not, (Gajewski) is. She throws hard, has a good changeup, spins it well off the plate, and they do a good job mixing it up inside and outside.”
Kaitlyn Konrardy had a double for the Tigers, who fall to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Everest is now 11-8 and 8-2 in conference play.
Marshfield will play at the Escanaba (Mich.) Invitational on Saturday.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Evergreens 5, Tigers 1
D.C. Everest 300 000 2 – 5
Marshfield 100 000 0 – 1
WP: Miranda Gajewski. LP: Megan Donahue.
Top hitters: DC, Rachel Plautz 2×4, 2 runs; Miranda Ostrowski 1×3, 2 RBIs. M, Kaitlyn Konrardy 2B.
Records: D.C. Everest 11-8, 8-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 10-4, 6-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference.