Tiger softball closing in on MBC title
The New Richmond softball team has taken a commanding lead in the Middle Border Conference.
The Tigers scored their tenth straight win on Friday when they beat Prescott 10-3. The Tigers now stand at 9-0 in the MBC. The only team with a chance to catch the Tigers is Ellsworth, which entered this week with a 6-2 conference record.
Prescott gave the Tigers a good battle until the bottom of the sixth inning. The Tigers led 3-0 until Prescott scored three runs on a Tiger error to tie the score in the top of the sixth inning.
It has been the Tigers' tendency to come up with a big inning late in most games. This was the case again on Friday. The Tigers answered Prescott's rally by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The big hit of the rally was supplied by senior Emily Rehurek who has been hitting the ball with authority. She drove the ball over the head of the Prescott outfielders for a grand slam homer.
"It would have cleared the 230-foot fence," said Tiger coach Jim McCullum of Rehurek's blast. "It's the hardest I've ever seen one of our girls hit a ball."
Leading the offensive production for the Tigers were Ashley O'Flanagan and Jenna Moe, who each had three hits, and O'Flanagan scored three runs against Prescott.
One of the keys for the Tigers is their ability to keep big innings going.
"There really isn't a weak spot in our lineup as far as hitting is concerned," McCullum said. The statistics bear that out. Every Tiger starter has a batting average of at least .360, with the highest total at .500.
Nikki Singerhouse earned the pitching win for the Tigers. She allowed five hits and has now struck out 71 batters in 55 innings of work in conference games.
Another B-W battle
Baldwin-Woodville was the team that gave New Richmond the toughest battle in the first half of the season. B-W was ready for the Tigers again when they met last Thursday at Hatfield Park. B-W scored five times in the fourth inning to take a 5-4 lead. The Tigers kept their composure and finished off an 8-5 win that ran their conference record to 8-0.
The Tigers had scored three times in the first inning then added another run in the third before B-W had the biggest inning scored against the Tigers this MBC season. In the first seven conference games, the Tigers had only allowed a total of seven runs.
It took the three runs in the fifth inning for the Tigers to get the game under control. The Tigers had five hits in the inning, including triples from Rehurek and Shelley Peterson.
McCullum said he wasn't surprised that this game was a battle.
"When we play Baldwin they rise to the occasion. They've got a good team," said McCullum.
The Tigers finished the first half of the MBC schedule in impressive style last Tuesday. The Tigers crushed Osceola 18-0, with two New Richmond pitchers holding Osceola hitless in the four-inning game.
Any doubt in this game was decided in the second inning, when the Tigers rang up 10 runs.
This was a huge offensive game for the Tigers, as they amassed 18 hits. The sluggish show was led by Rehurek, Ashley O'Flanagan, Libby Jensen and Shawna Tarman, who each supplied three of the hits. Jensen drove home four runs and Tarman chased home three runs. Two of Rehurek's hits were for extra bases, a double and a triple.
Singerhouse pitched the first three innings and Ashley O'Flanagan handled the last inning to combine on the no-hitter.
The Tigers can go a long way toward locking up the conference title on Thursday, when they play at Ellsworth. On Friday the Tigers play at home in a non-conference game against Hudson. The Tigers will also play at home next Monday, facing Amery. Next Tuesday the Tigers will play at Durand.
New Richmond 10, Prescott 3
Hovel lf 3-0-0, Carlson p 31-1, Huppert 3b 2-1-1, Most c 2-1-1, Morris 1b 3-0-1, Halverson 2b 3-0-0, Simones rf 3-0-1, Boleen ss 3-0-0, Lubich cf 3-0-0. Totals 25-3-5.
NEW RICHMOND (10)
J.O'Flanagan rf 3-2-1, Moe 2b 3-1-3, Rehurek c 3-1-1, Vergin cf 4-0-1, Peterson 1b 2-1-0, A.O'Flanagan ss 4-3-3, Singerhouse p 3-0-0, Jensen 3b 2-1-0, Tarman lf 2-1-0. Totals 26-10-9.
HR-Rehurek. RBI-J.O'Flanagan, Rehurek 4, Jensen 3, Tarman.
Prescott 000 003 0=3
New Richmond 110 107 x=10
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO
Singerhouse (W)7 5 3 0 1 7
New Richmond 8,
Schumacher 4-0-0, Kimberly p 4-1-1, Schlichting c 3-1-0, Rudesill 3b 3-1-2, Alf 2b 4-1-1, Lebo 1b 2-1-0, Paul rf 3-0-1, Graf lf 3-0-1, Hadley dp 3-0-0, Lee cf 0-0-0. Totals 29-5-6.
NEW RICHMOND (8)
J.O'Flanagan rf 3-1-2, Moe 2b 4-1-1, Rehurek c 4-3-2, Vergin cf 4-1-2, Peterson 1b 4-1-2, A.O'Flanagan ss 3-0-0, Singerhouse p 3-1-1, Jensen 3b 2-0-1, Tarman lf 3-0-0. Totals 30-8-11.
3B-Rehurek 2, Peterson 1. RBI-J.O'Flanagan, Rehurek, Vergin 2, Peterson 3, Singerhouse.
Baldwin-Woodville 000 500 0=5
New Richmond 301 130 x=8
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO
Singerhouse (W)7 6 5 4 2 9
New Richmond 18, Osceola 0
NEW RICHMOND (18)
J.O'Flanagan rf 4-2-2, Mulhollam rf 0-0-0, Moe 2b 0-2-0, Rehurek c 4-3-3, Vergin cf 3-1-2, Spaulding cf 1-0-0, Bygd 1b 3-2-1, A.O'Flanagan ss 4-3-3, Singerhouse p 1-2-1, Egan ph 1-0-0, Jensen 3b 3-2-3, Tarman lf 3-1-3, Lepinski lf 1-0-0. Totals 28-18-18.
Claason cf 2-0-0, A.Lewis lf 2-0-0, Felling rf 2-0-0, B.Lewis 1b 2-0-0, Jasperson dp 1-0-0, Traynor p 2-0-0, Gibbs 3b 1-0-0, Christensen ss 1-0-0, Lowney 2b 1-0-0. Totals 14-0-0.
2B-Rehurek, Jensen. 3B-Rehurek, RBI-Moe, Rehurek 2, Vergin 2, A.O'Flanagan 2, Jensen 4, Tarman 3.
New Richmond 2(10)3 3=10
Osceola 000 0=0
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO
Singerhouse (W)3 0 0 0 1 3
A.O'Flanagan 1 0 0 0 0 1