A two-run second inning and three-run third inning powered the Bulldog varsity softball team to an 8-0 win over the Oconto Falls Panthers on Tuesday, April 8.
The Bulldogs added one run in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth while the defense held strong to shut out the Panthers.
Shelby Sommer pitched five innings of four-hit ball, issuing just one walk and striking out six batters to earn the win. Molly O’Connell pitched two innings in relief, walking two batters but giving up no hits.
Leah Porath led the offense, going 3×3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Mickey Roland was 2×2 with two RBI, Payton Mix was 2×3 with one RBI and 2 runs scored. Abby Elsholtz was 1×3 with one RBI and one run scored. Molly O’Connell was 1×4 with one run scored. Alanna Beyer also had a hit, while Grace Mroczynski walked twice and scored one run.
In all, New London had 10 hits and committed just one error, while Oconto Falls had just four hits and committed four errors. The Panthers stranded eight runners, while the Bulldogs stranded five.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play at home at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Memorial Park.
Hortonville 10, New London 6
In a game that stretched to nine innings, the Polar Bears came out on top by plating four runs in the top of the ninth inning. New London couldn’t answer in the bottom half of the inning.
The Bulldogs led 3-2 after four innings but trailed by one after four innings. They regained the lead by a 6-5 margin going into the seventh inning, but Hortonville tied it up to force extra innings.
Hortonville scored four in the top of the ninth and held New London scoreless in the bottom half to earn the win.
Payton Mix was 4×5 with one run scored, while Morgan Gorges was 3×5 with one run scored. Alanna Beyer was 2×5 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored, while Leah Porath was 3×5 with one RBI and one run scored. Abby Elsholtz was 2×5 with one RBI and one run scored, and Mickey Roland was 1×5 with one run scored. Molly O’Connell was 1×5. The Bulldogs stranded 12 base runners.
Shelby Sommer took the loss, giving up 18 hits and nine earned runs over nine innings with three walks, four strike outs, giving up one home run.