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SOFTBALL: Northwestern and Superior 10U teams rally for wins

It was a busy day on the softball fields in Superior, Thursday, especially for two local 10U teams. Both Superior and Northwestern played two games in the 10U division Thursday and, of all the age divisions, some of the most exciting rallies and ...

It was a busy day on the softball fields in Superior, Thursday, especially for two local 10U teams.

Both Superior and Northwestern played two games in the 10U division Thursday and, of all the age divisions, some of the most exciting rallies and last-minute wins were found in this youngest of the four age groups.

In the opening 10U game, Superior rallied from a 5-1 deficit to take a 21-0 victory over Marinette. Elizabeth Kolanczyk got the win in relief of Katy Heinen. Heinen provided much of the offense with two hits, including an inside the park grand slam. Ari Jago also had two hits for Superior. Maizie Reif had two hits for Marinette and suffered the pitching loss.

In game two, Wisconsin Rapids launched a massive comeback to win the game 27-10 over Wausau. Wisconsin Rapids had been trailing 8-1 in the fourth, but the team then exploded offensively, scoring 26 unanswered runs.

Mollie Bortz and Taylor Flurry led the offense for Wisconsin Rapids, driving in three runs apiece. Claire Smith added a two run triple for Wisconsin Rapids, and Megan Buntrock picked up the pitching win.

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Callie Matacynski had two hits for Wausau, and Annie Tuman was tagged with the loss.

It was a local battle in game three, as Superior took on Northwestern. Superior got its offense going early again and came away with the 13-3 win.

Kolanczyk picked up another pitching win for Superior in the game, and Jessica Lindstrom pitched the final two innings for the save. Jordyn Thompson and Anna Lurndal both had three RBIs for Superior.

Madeline Spangeberg had two hits for Northwestern, and Alyssa Correll took the loss pitching.

The final two 10U games of the day were both decided by just one run.

In the earlier game, Wisconsin Rapids took on Marinette and squeaked through with a 12-11 win. Megan Buntrock got the pitching win for Wisconsin Rapids and also had two hits and three RBIs for her team. Claire Smith went 3-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs for Wisconsin Rapids.

Mack Francour suffered the close loss for Marinette, but she also led her team at the plate with two hits.

In the nightcap, Northwestern built a fast lead and then held off a charging Wausau team to get the 9-8 win. At one point, Wausau was down by eight runs, but the team rallied to force extra innings. Northwestern came through in the end, though, to win by one.

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Spangeberg pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning and earned the win for Northwestern. Lexi Janigo had two hits for Northwestern, while Tuman and Carly Maves had two hits apiece for Wausau.

12U division

Two games were played Thursday in the 12U age group.

In one game, Wisconsin Rapids defeated Menominee, Mich. 17-1. Maisie Lavgholf was the winning pitcher, while Sara Henes suffered the loss for Menominee. Emily Romonskii had a strong day offensively for Wisconsin Rapids, notching two hits, one of which was a home run.

Superior took on Wausau in the other 12-U game of the day. Wausau found its stride offensively and won the game 14-3.

Brianna Jankowski got the pitching win for Wausau, and Anna Ferderer took the loss for Superior.

Emily Betts was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. She had a triple and scored three runs for Wausau. Kari Miller went 1-for-2 for Superior.

14U division

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The 14U division was filled with lopsided wins in the opening day of softball action.

Northwestern and Merrill were tied at one apiece after the first inning in their match, but Merrill stepped up its offense as the game went on and won 26-2.

Merrill's winning pitcher, Kalie Schmeltzer, threw a three-hitter. Tiana Arseneau took the loss for Northwestern.

Collecting hits for Northwestern were Tiana Arseneau, with a double, Sarah Miller and Taylor Copp. Three Merrill players had very good games as Kalie Schmeltzer and Sarah Altman both went 3-for-3 and Kassie Pyka was 3-for-4 with a home run.

Wausau made short work of Superior in a 31-0 victory. Shanna King earned the shutout for Wausau, while Caitlin Pendleton took the loss for Superior. Wausau outhit Superior 24-2 in the match.

Marinette blanked Northwestern, 20-0, in a five-inning victory. Melissa Younk pitched a one-hitter and struck out five batters to get the win. Lynsey Anttila took the loss for Northwestern.

Both pitchers were also strong at the plate. Anttila got Northwestern's lone run, while Younk went 3-for-5 with a double and four runs scored. Taylor Huss also scored four runs for Marinette, going 4-for-5.

In the final game, Wausau won a close 6-3 contest with Wisconsin Rapids. No other stats were available from the game.

16U division

Superior picked up a pair of wins in the 16U age group.

The Fillies began the day with a 9-1 victory over Marinette. Superior took the lead with one run in the first inning and then added another five in the third inning to put the game out of reach.

Lindsay Garay pitched seven innings and struck out six for the win. Caitlin Wenzel also pitched seven innings for Marinette and took the loss, despite striking out 10 Fillies' batters.

Ashlee Olson went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI, while Emily Eisenmann was 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBIs for Superior. Chelsey Jarzin and Garay both had two hits, and Anna Pettingill added one hit and two RBIs.

Carly Michiels was 2-for-3 for Marinette with a home run and an RBI, and Caitlin Wenzel, Brittany Barrette and Shannon McGillvray each had hits.

Wausau got a 10-1 win over Northwestern behind a six-run fifth inning. Eryn Edgerton was the winning pitcher for Wausau.

Marinette's Wenzel had another strong pitching performance and she threw a no-hitter to lead Marinette to a 10-0 victory over Northwood. Tegghen Harings took the loss for Northwood.

Leading the offensive attack for Marinette were Kaylee Ninneman and Brittany Barrette, both of whom went 2-for-3 in the game.

Wisconsin Rapids shut out Wausau for the 6-0 in the final 16U game Thursday. Tasia Florence got the win, striking out nine, while Edgerton suffered the loss and struck out three.

Edgerton also led Wausau at the plate with two hits. Betsy Case went 2-for-3 for Wisconsin Rapids and had a triple.

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