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SOFTBALL: Wisconsin Rapids claims all but one title

Wisconsin Rapids was dominant in more than one age division at the Babe Ruth State Softball Tournament in Superior over the weekend. Two Superior teams, meanwhile finished in third place, and the Marinette 14U team finished strong to claim the ti...

Wisconsin Rapids was dominant in more than one age division at the Babe Ruth State Softball Tournament in Superior over the weekend. Two Superior teams, meanwhile finished in third place, and the Marinette 14U team finished strong to claim the title in their age division.

In 16U play Saturday, Wisconsin Rapids got into the championship game with a 4-3 win over Wausau.

Jada Straub was the winning pitcher for Wisconsin Rapids, and Tasia Florence came in to pitch the seventh inning and get the save. Eryn Edgerton took the loss for Wausau.

Both Ashley Stubbe and Amy Thompson had a hit apiece for Wausau. Stubbe also had an RBI, and Thompson scored a run.

For Wisconsin Rapids Jenny Hess went 2-for-3 and scored one run. Caitlin Benbow had a double and the tying RBI in the seventh inning, while Amber Cook was 1-for-3 and had the game-winning RBI in the seventh inning for Wisconsin Rapids.

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The Superior Fillies knocked Marinette out of the tournament with a 6-3 win in a double elimination game Saturday.

Superior scored two runs in the second and three in the to take and keep the lead the entire game.

In the second inning, Britnee Blake led off with a double. Anna Morgan then reached second on a passed ball third strike and Blake scored. Morgan eventually scored on another passed ball.

Ashlee Olson led off the third with a triple and scored on Lindsay Garay's double. Garay scored on Emily Eisenmann's one out single, and Eisenmann came in on Morgan's triple. Both teams also scored one run in the seventh.

Garay was the winning pitcher for Superior, striking out seven and walking none. Caitlin Wenzel took the pitching loss. Wenzel also had a triple and scored one run.

For the Fillies, Blake was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Garay went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI, and Anna Morgan was 1-for-2 with a triple and RBI.

On Sunday, the Fillies faced Wausau in an elimination game, with the winner going on to play Wisconsin Rapids in the championship match. Superior couldn't quite come up with the runs it needed as Wausau won 11-3.

Edgerton was awarded the win for Wausau, while Garay took the loss. Sara Kohlepp went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Edgerton did her part as well, going 2-for-4 and scoring four runs.

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Blake did well at the plate again for Superior, going 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Garay and Alayna Moe also collected hits in Superior's third place finish.

In the championship game, Wisconsin Rapids shut out Wausau, 5-0. Tasia Florence pitched a one-hitter to get the win and Edgerton took the loss.

Wausau's Niki Zimick had a single in the fifth inning, which erased the chance of a perfect game. Brittney Brock was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for Wisconsin Rapids, and she also scored one run.

10U division

Superior also came up just shy of the championship round in 10U play, finishing third. Wisconsin Rapids lost the first championship game to Wausau but then recovered in game two to win the title.

In the first double elimination game Saturday, Wisconsin Rapids shut out Northwestern, 11-0. Winning pitcher Megan Buntrock pitched a no-hitter with seven strikeouts. Ella Gordon took the loss for Northwestern.

At the plate, Claire Smith, Jessica Flewellen and Allison Brost each had two hits apiece.

Superior took on Wausau in game two, with Wausau getting by, 13-10, in eight innings. Wausau had been down, 10-3, in the fifth inning but came back to tie and eventually win in extra innings.

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Jasmin Samz came in on relief of Carly Maves to get the win. Samz had six strikeouts in three innings. Relief pitcher Elizabeth Kolanczyk took the loss for Superior. Callie Matacynski and Natalie Zipper each had two hits for Wausau, and Katy Heinen and Ari Jago both had two hits for Superior.

Wisconsin Rapids handed Wausau an 11-1 loss in game three to move into the championship round. Buntrock got the pitching win, and Taylor Jankowski suffered the loss for Wausau.

Samz's inside-the-park home run was the only hit for Wausau. Buntrock and Vicki Getsinger had two hits apiece for Wisconsin Rapids.

In game four, Superior beat Northwestern 11-0 to take Northwestern out of the tournament. Rachal Fregin was the winning pitcher and combined with Kolanczyk for a no-hitter. Alyssa Correl was the losing pitcher for Northwestern.

Getting hits for Superior were Tina Lurndal, Gabby Gidley, Ari Jago, Jordyn Thompson and Savannah Russom.

Wausau knocked Superior out of contention in game five, 6-3. Maves got the win and Samz earned the save for Wausau. Jessica Lindstrom took the loss for Superior.

Matacynski had two hits for Wausau, and Annie Tuman had one hit and two RBIs. Thompson and Fregin each had a hit apiece for Superior.

Wausau defeated Wisconsin Rapids, 4-2, in the first championship game, but Rapids came out strong in the second meeting to win 6-1 and take the title.

Wausau's Olivia Zipper had the big hit in the first game, a two-run single in the fifth. She also scored in the inning to put Wausau in front.

In the second game, Buntrock struck out five to get the win for Wisconsin Rapids. Smith and Brost had two hits each for Rapids, and Flewellen and Getsinger both had RBI singles.

12U division

Wisconsin Rapids defeated Marinette 14-4 on Saturday in 12U double elimination action. Maisze Langholff was the winning pitcher for Wisconsin Rapids, while Bobbi Reiff took the loss for Marinette.

Offensively, Stacy Lehman went 2-for-4 for the winning team, and Hannah Romanesko had one hit and scored one run for Marinette.

Wausau also got a win in its first double elimination game as it defeated Merrill, 13-3.

In its second game Saturday, Wausau took on Wisconsin Rapids, which came out with the 8-1 win. Lehman was the winning pitcher for Rapids, and Brianna Jankowski suffered the loss for Wausau.

Rapids had a number of players who excelled at the plate in the game. Mariah Richardson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Leena Hagen was 2-for-3 with one run scored. In addition to pitching, Lehman added a hit for her team and scored two runs.

For Wausau, Paige Heinrich was 2-for-3 and scored two runs.

In Saturday's final 12U double elimination game, Marinette knocked Merrill out of the tournament with an 11-1 victory. Picking up the pitching win for Marinette was Sara Courtois, while Kelsey Messerschmidt took the loss for Merrill.

On Sunday, Wausau took Marinette out of contention in the last double elimination game, winning 7-2. Sara Laatsch was the winning pitcher and S. Curtis took the loss for Marinette.

Wausau needed a win against Wisconsin Rapids to force a second championship match, but Rapids won 14-1 to take first place in the 12U division.

Langholff got the pitching win for Wisconsin Rapids and Jankowski took the loss. Leena Hagan and Shelby Steinke both went 2-for-3 for Wisconsin Rapids, and Steinke had an in-the-park home run. Emily Betts and Lizzy Meier each had two hits for Wausau.

14U division

Wisconsin Rapids was going for the sweep with first place in all four age groups, but Marinette stood in the way in the 14U division.

On Saturday, Marinette got off to a rough start in double elimination play, falling to Wausau 4-1. Breezy Jehn was credited with the win for Wausau, and Melissa Younk took the loss for Marinette.

Makenzie Fisher had a triple for Wausau, and Carolyna McDonall and Taylor Zillman both had singles. For Marinette, Marina Canne had two hits.

Wisconsin Rapids cruised to a win in its early game, 11-3 over Merrill.

Wausau gave Wisconsin Rapids a little more trouble, though, in a low scoring game. Rapids managed to squeak through with a 1-0 win. Erica Langhoff got the win for Rapids, while Jehn suffered the loss for Wausau.

Brittney Ziegel, formerly of Iron River, was 2-for-3 for Rapids, and Stephanie Shannon scored the winning run. Ashley Marshall went 1-for-2 for Wausau.

Marinette got back to winning in the final double elimination game Saturday, claiming a 10-0 victory over Merrill in five innings. The loss eliminated Merrill.

It was a rematch between Wausau and Marinette in the final double elimination game Sunday. The winner, already with one loss in double elimination play, would go on to face Wisconsin Rapids (which advanced to the championship round with no losses) in the championship game. The contest was close again, but this time Marinette came out on top with a 3-0 win.

In order to claim the title, Marinette needed to win its first game against Wisconsin Rapids in the championship round and force a second match. Marinette did just that, topping Wisconsin Rapids 9-4.

Marinette continued its winning streak in the second title game, winning 10-1 over Rapids and earning the 14U championship title.

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