By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD — With the WIAA softball regionals getting underway this week, area softball teams wrapped up their seasons during the week of May 14.
The Marshfield softball team will host a regional final on May 25, after wrapping up its regular season on a high note this past week. Marshfield defeated Medford on May 18, by a score of 16-1. Taylor Barwick was the winning pitcher. The day before, the Tigers defeated Wausau West 14-4. Megan Donahue got the win while striking out 13 batters. The Tigers beat Wausau East on May 15, in both games of a doubleheader. The Tigers won the first game 10-0. Donahue got the win in that one as well, throwing a perfect game. Megan struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced, and allowed no hits or walks. Marshfield won game two 18-2. Kate Konrardy picked up the win in that game. The Tigers enter the postseason 21-4.
The Columbus Dons’ softball team ended its regular season with a loss at Spencer May 17, 9-0. Addison Baierl was tagged with the loss. Columbus began the final week of the regular season with a loss to Medford 10-6. Maren Seefluth had two singles and a double. The Dons went into the playoffs as a No. 6 seed in Division 5.
The Rockets are winners of the Eastern Cloverbelt Conference for the fourth year in a row. After beating Marshfield Columbus on May 17, the Rockets beat Gilman the following afternoon by a score of 4-3. Tiffany Meinders got the win. She went all seven innings. She gave up three earned runs on nine hits and struck out five. Tiffany also doubled and drove in a run. Spencer won at Colby on Tuesday, May 15 5-2. Meinders got the win in that game as well. Lexi Baehr doubled and drove in two runs for Spencer. The Rockets are a No. 4 seed in the Division 4 playoffs, and were slated to host No. 5 Bangor in the regionals.
The high school baseball season is entering its final week, and teams are positioning for the postseason.
The Tigers split two games with Wausau East last week. On May 15, Marshfield lost to the Lumberjacks 21-10 at Hackman Field. The game was tied at one after two innings, but East scored seven runs in the third to make it 8-1. The Tigers came back, scoring a run in the third and four in the fourth to make it 8-6. But the Lumberjacks used a 13-run fifth inning to put the game away, despite four runs in the bottom of the fifth by the Tigers. The Tigers used five pitchers in the fifth inning alone in the game. Antonio Anaya had two basehits and three runs batted in for Marshfield. Brandon Montalvo had a single, a triple and an RBI.
In the rematch on May 17 in Wausau, the Tigers won 4-1. Mason Coffren got the win. He went six-and-a-third, and allowed no earned runs on six hits while striking out four and walking none. Anaya and Isaiah Baierl each had two RBIs.
The Dons ended the regular season losing back-to-back games. On May 17, Columbus lost at Spencer 11-7. The Dons were led by Jarred Mandel, who had two singles, two doubles and two runs batted in. Eden Jacobson had a single and a double, and Noah Tayler had a double and an RBI. The following day, Columbus lost at Neillsville 8-2. Taylor and Nick Malovrh each had a single and an RBI for the Dons. Columbus began the week losing to Gilman 6-3, in a game shortened by rain in the sixth inning. Nick Malovrh had a pair of hits and drove in two runs. Calvin Brown took the loss. He went all seven innings, and gave up six runs on eight hits. Columbus is a No. 5 seed heading into the Division 4 playoffs, and will play at No. 4 Greenwood on May 24.
The Rockets head into the playoffs on a high note. Spencer won three games last week. On May 15, the Rockets won at Owen-Withee 12-9. Caden Schillinger got the win. He also had two singles, a double, a home run and four RBI’s. Austin Bacon and Hunter Luepke each drove in a pair of runs. On May 17, Spencer won again, beating Marshfield Columbus 11-7. Schillinger again picked up the win. He also doubled and drove in two runs. Colten Schillinger had a pair of doubles and drove in four runs, while Luepke had two basehits and three runs batted in. Spencer beat Gilman this past May 18, 8-6. The Rockets are a No. 5 seed going into the Division 3 postseason tournament, and will play at No. 4 Neillsville on May 24.
The Tigers beat Chequamegon and Wisconsin Rapids Assumption twice last week, as the regular season end draws near. In a May 15 game in Stratford, the Tigers beat Assumption 2-1. Lance Heidmann got the win, pitching all seven innings, giving up one run on eight hits while striking out four. Devyn Palmer had the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Tigers the win. The Tigers beat the Royals again two days later, in an 8-0 win at Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids. Eli Drexler was the winning pitcher. He went five innings, and pitched a one-hit shutout. He also tripled and drove in two runs. Matt Handrick also had two RBI’s. The Tigers wrapped up the week with a win over Chequamegon 9-5 on Friday. Chandler Schmidt got the win. He threw six innings and struck out seven batters. Matt Handrick doubled and drove in three runs and Devyn Palmer homered.
No. 3 Stratford will host No. 6 Colby in a Division 3 regional quarterfinal contest on May 24. The winner will play at No. 2 Auburndale on May 29.