Tigers are perfect in MBC for 2006
After locking up the Middle Border Conference championship with three games left to play, the New Richmond girls softball team set its focus on another goal, finishing the MBC season with a perfect record.
The Tigers achieved that goal too. Wins over Durand and Osceola last week propelled the Tigers to a 14-0 final record in the MBC for the 2006 season.
Last Tuesday the Tigers won at Durand, 3-0. They finished off the undefeated season last Thursday, winning in a wind-swept game at Hatfield Park in New Richmond, 10-0.
The horrific wind and wet conditions Thursday mainly affected Osceola's pitcher. She struggled to find the strike zone. So much so, that it wasn't until the Tigers' 14th batter of the game that New Richmond hit a ball into fair territory. Of the first 13 Tiger batters, nine walked and four struck out.
The Tigers scored four runs off the walks in the first inning. Once they started hitting in the second inning they added four more runs, with Jena O'Flanagan and Nikki Singerhouse each singling home two runs.
In the third inning the Tigers added another run. They closed out the game with a run in the fifth inning. That run was produced when Joan Mulhollam rocketed a double over the head of the Osceola left-fielder. She scored on a single by O'Flanagan.
The pitching of Singerhouse was a large factor in both of the wins last week, as it has been in all 14 of the Tigers' conference wins. She threw a no-hitter against Osceola in five innings and she held Durand to one hit in seven innings.
The Tiger offense was a bit sluggish in the win at Durand. The Tigers scored all three runs during the fifth inning of the game. A walk by Libby Jensen, a single by Jenna Moe, a double by Shelley Peterson and a single by Emily Rehurek produced the three runs.
The dominance the Tigers showed in the win column is reflected in the eye-popping statistics they rolled up in MBC games this season.
In the 14 conference games, Singerhouse pitched 86 innings and struck out 117 batters, while walking 18. She had a microscopic 0.65 earned run average in conference play.
The Tiger hitters also had a huge year in conference action. Emily Rehurek led the team with a .489 batting average, with Shelley Peterson right behind at .486. Rehurek led the team with 18 runs batted in, followed by Libby Jensen and Jena O'Flanagan with 17 each and Ashley O'Flanagan with 16. Rehurek led the team with 20 runs scored, followed by Jenna Moe with 18 and Peterson with 17.
The trip to Pepin has become an annual tradition, where the Tigers face some of their best competition of the season to get ready for the playoffs. By the way they played in Saturday's Pepin tournament, you can stamp the Tigers "playoff ready."
The Tigers lost 4-3 to Red Wing in the tournament, then beat Pepin 3-1 in the second round.
In each of the past two years, Red Wing ten-runned the Tigers in the tournament. This year, Red Wing needed an unearned run in the sixth inning to beat the Tigers. The Tigers scored two runs in the fourth inning. Emily Rehurek and Jena O'Flanagan singled and they both scored on Ashley O'Flanagan's triple. The Tigers scored their third run in the fifth inning when Libby Jensen tripled and scored on a passed ball.
Pepin is one of the top programs in western Wisconsin. McCullum estimated that the Tigers have beaten Pepin "two or three times" in the 17 years they've met in the tournament.
Leadoff hitter Jenna Moe sparked the Tiger offense against Pepin. She singled to lead off the first, moved to third on an error and scored on Shelley Peterson's sacrifice fly.
Moe scored again in the third. She singled, stole two bases and scored on Rehurek's ground out.
The final run came in the sixth when Rehurek blasted a triple and scored on Jena O'Flanagan's single.
"It was a great weekend, I'm really proud of how the girls played," said McCullum.
New Richmond starts play in the WIAA Division 2 regional tournaments next Tuesday, after drawing a bye in the opening round of regionals.
The Tigers' first tournament game will be next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Hatfield Park. The opponent will be the winner between this Thursday's game between Ellsworth and Baldwin-Woodville. New Richmond received the top seed in the regional. Ellsworth is seeded fourth and Baldwin-Woodville is seeded fifth in the regional.
New Richmond 10, Osceola 0
Claason cf 2-0-0, A.Lewis lf 1-0-0, Felling ss 2-0-0, B.Lewis 1b 2-0-0, Jasperson rf 2-0-0, Traynor p 1-0-0, Larson dp 1-0-0, Gibbs 3b 2-0-0, Lowney 2b 1-0-0, Meyer c 0-0-0. Totals 14-0-0.
NEW RICHMOND (10)
Moe 2b 2-2-0, Peterson 1b 2-2-1, Rehurek c 1-2-1, Bygd ph 1-0-0, Vergin cf 4-0-0, J.O'Flanagan rf 3-2-2, A.O'Flanagan ss 0-1-0, Spaulding ph 1-0-0, Singerhouse p 2-0-1, Jensen 3b 2-0-0, Egan ph 1-0-0, Tarman lf 0-0-0, Mulhollam ph 1-1-1. Totals 20-10-6.
2B-Mulhollam. RBI-J.O'Flanagan 3, A.O'Flanagan, Singerhouse 3, Tarman.
Osceola 000 00=0
New Richmond 000 000 0=0
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO
Singerhouse (W)5 0 0 0 3 11
New Richmond 3, Durand 0
NEW RICHMOND (3)
Moe 2b 4-1-1, Peterson 1b 3-1-1, Rehurek c 3-0-1, Vergin cf 4-0-0, J.O'Flanagan rf 3-0-0, A.O'Flanagan ss 0-0-0, Singerhouse p 2-0-0, Jensen 3b 1-1-0, Tarman lf 3-0-2. Totals 23-3-5.
Hoyt lf 3-0-1, Weiss 3b 2-0-0, Anibas c 3-0-0, Sabelko ss 3-0-0, Anderson cf 3-0-0, Bauer 1b 2-0-0, Chilson rf 2-0-0, Richardson 2b 2-0-0, Wolf p 2-0-0. Totals 22-0-1.
2B-Peterson. RBI-Peterson 2, Rehurek.
New Richmond 000 030 0=3
Durand 000 000 0=0
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO
Singerhouse (W)7 1 0 0 0 13