Now that winter is apparently gone for good, the Iola-Scandinavia Thunderbirds are apparently the softball team to beat in the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference.
The T-Birds improved to 10-0 with a pair of nonconference wins April 27 in Tigerton, a doubleheader sweep of Wittenberg-Birnamwood April 26 and a pair of wins over Manawa.
I-S 14, Tigerton 5
I-S held off a five-run from the Tigers in the fifth inning of the first game.
Payton Erickson went the distance to get the win. She allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out seven batters.
Brianne Huettner, Amanda Aasen and Kiara Boutwell each had three of the T-Birds’ 15 hits in the game. Aasen and Boutwell shared RBI honors with three each, while Jane Oligney added two hits and two RBIs. Kylie Johnson also drove in a pair of runs.
I-S 10, Tigerton 0
The T-Birds needed only five innings to take care of the host Tigers in the second game, as the game was called due to the 10-run rule.
Huettner tossed a complete game one-hitter to get the win on the mound. She allowed two walks and struck out seven batters.
Johnson, Oligney and Huettner each had three of the T-Birds’ 16 hits, while Oppor and Brooke Phillips added two each.
I-S 14, W-B 3
As hot as the T-Birds’ bats were against Tigerton, they were even hotter the day before against the Chargers.
I-S came up with 31 runs on 36 hits in a pair of five-inning games.
Erickson scattered six hits and struck out six batters to get the win on the mound.
Huettner, Johnson and Oppor led the T-Birds with three hits each, while Phillips added two. Huettner homered and drove in a pair of runs, while Oligney drove in three.
I-S 17, W-B 1
Huettner also went the distance in the second game to earn the victory, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six.
Oligney, Johnson, Huettner, Huettner, Phillips and Boutwell had three hits each to lead the T-Birds at the plate, while Oppor had two hits and a pair of RBIs. Phillips knocked in a team-high three runs, while Oligney, Boutwell and Karina Welch drove in two each.
I-S 3, Manawa 1
Three unearned runs helped the T-Birds defeat Manawa April 25 in a pitcher’s duel between Huettner and the Wolves’ Ansley Block.
Each pitcher mirrored each other’s effort by going the distance, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out seven batters.
Manawa struck first in the first inning, as Katelyn Langman walked, stole second and eventually scored on Block’s single.
The T-Birds responded with their own run in the bottom of the first, as Oppor reached on an error, stole second and scored on Oligney’s single.
I-S came up with two more unearned runs in the third. Phillips doubled, Oligney walked and both players eventually scored on an infield error.