Indians hand T-Bird girls first loss
A matchup between two of the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference’s top softball teams turned out to be not much of a matchup after all.
Kelsey Akey tossed a complete game one-hitter April 29, as Weyauwega-Fremont handed Iola-Scandinavia an 11-0 loss in Weyauwega. The loss dropped the Thunderbirds to 2-1 in league play and 10-1 overall, while W-F improved to 5-1 in the CWC-8 and 10-8 overall.
The T-Birds also picked up a pair of nonconference wins April 27 in Tigerton, swept a doubleheader from Wittenberg-Birnamwood April 26 and defeated Manawa twice.
W-F 11, I-S 0
WEYAUWEGA – Akey had a no-hitter going until Brianne Huettner’s double in the bottom of the seventh inning dropped just out of reach between shortstop Macey Schoenick and left fielder Miranda Potratz.
“She doesn’t get many strikeouts, but she gets them to pop up and had a couple groundouts,” W-F coach Todd Breuer said of Akey. “She had her changeup going and kept her fastball down. She didn’t walk anybody and that’s her job.”
Meanwhile, the Indians took advantage of three T-Bird errors and scored three runs in the third and sixth innings before sealing the win with a five-run seventh.
Payton Erickson went the distance and took the loss for the T-Birds. She gave eight hits and two walks and struck out a pair of batters.
“The defense didn’t help her out with three errors,” I-S coach Tom Anderson said. “Also, the aggressive bunting and baserunning by Weyauwega-Fremont kept our defense on its heels all game. We came into the game with a .401 team batting average, but Akey kept us off-stride all day with change of speeds and great location.”
After two scoreless innings, Weyauwega-Fremont came up with three unearned runs on a two-out throwing error in the third. Akey also helped her cause with a double in the inning.
The Indians added three more runs in the fifth on only two hits, including Schoenick’s double. Four consecutive bunts and aggressive base running kept the inning alive.
W-F came up with five more hits in the seventh off of Erickson, including RBI doubles from Mariah Hulbert and Brandi Dain.
The T-Birds also played without catcher Jane Oligney, who injured her shoulder during the Tigerton doubleheader.
Breuer hopes his team can build on the win.
“We had a tough loss (April 27) against Wrightstown,” he said. “We beat Shiocton last Thursday, but we had a lot of errors in that game. We’ve been talking about cleaning things up and taking it to the next level. If this doesn’t give them confidence, I don’t know what’s going to.”