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Spartans find out why SCF is top seed

Somerset's softball team found out Monday why St. Croix Falls received the top seed in the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament that starts this week.

Somerset hosted St. Croix Falls in a non-conference game on Monday. The Saints had a slight edge in all phases of the game, resulting in a 7-1 win for St. Croix Falls.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when the Saints bunched five hits, turning them into five runs. The Saints added two more runs the next inning.

Somerset got its only run in the fifth inning when Roxy Martin tripled to right field, later scoring on a single to right field by Mariah Belisle.

The Somerset coaches had high praise for St. Croix Falls.

"They're as good as any team in our conference," said coach Jane Driscoll.

The Saints' pitcher throws a hard, rising pitch that made it practically impossible for the Spartans to get their bunts down, and that takes away a big part of Somerset's attack.

"We usually try to get a run or two out of the bottom of the order by bunting the ball," Somerset coach Dick Stout said.

Somerset didn't get many other chances to score in the game. Katie Lindner led off the first with a single and reached third base. Ashley Hatch and Aleesha Peterson made it to third and second base in the fifth inning, but the Spartans couldn't get a hit to bring them in. The Spartans didn't get a baserunner in the final two innings of the game.

If the Spartans win their opening tournament game at St. Croix Central on Thursday, they likely would be facing St. Croix Falls in the second round of the WIAA Division 3 regionals.

Big innings beats Amery

The Spartans and Amery were tied 3-3 last Tuesday after four innings. The Spartan bats then took over the game, leading Somerset to a 13-4 win.

Six straight hits to open the fifth inning broke the game open for the Spartans, with all six of those hitters eventually scoring. Katie Lindner, Roxy Martin, Erin Dodor, Mariah Belisle, Kendra Steinlicht and Katie Potting each singled during the six-run rally.

In the sixth inning the Spartans started the inning with four straight hits. A triple by Dodor and a double by Camille Larson were the big hits of the inning.

Kaitlin Johnson gave up three runs to Amery in the first inning, but her pitching was nearly untouchable the rest of the game. She finished with a seven-hitter, walking three and striking out two.

The Spartans start WIAA Division 3 regional tournament this Thursday. The Spartans will be playing at St. Croix Central in the regional opener. Somerset is the fifth seed in the regional, with Central getting the fourth seed. The winner of this game will likely face St. Croix Falls, the top seed in the regional, next Tuesday.

Somerset 13, Amery 4



Lindner lf 4-3-3, Martin 3b 5-3-3, Dodor c 5-2-3, Mariah 1b 5-1-2, Steinlicht cf 4-2-2, Potting ss 3-1-1, Peterson 2b 0-1-0, Larson dp 3-0-1, Blue rf 3-0-0. Totals 32-13-15.


Lathrop lf 4-1-1, Bowen 2b 3-1-0, Grant c 4-1-1, Stontz ss 4-1-1, Hansen 3b 3-0-2, Peterson 1b 3-0-0, Roy p 2-0-0, Nielson cf 3-0-0, Loverude rf 2-0-0. Totals 28-4-7.

2B-Larson, Lindner. 3B-Dodor. RBI-Martin, Dodor 3, Belisle 2, Potting, Steinlicht, Peterson, Larson 3, Blue.

Somerset 102 064 0=13

Amery 300 010 0=4



Johnson (W) 7 7 4 4 3 2

St. Croix Falls 7, Somerset 1



Schrock ss 2-1-1, LaMirande 2b 3-1-1, Lundgren c 2-1-1, Redlich p 4-1-1, Woltz rf 4-0-1, Muchinski lf 4-0-0, Tretsven 3b 3-0-0, Mewes cf 3-1-1, Busby 1b 1-2-0. Totals 26-7-6.


Lindner lf 2-0-1, Martin 3b 2-1-1, Belisle 1b 3-0-1, Dodor c 3-0-0, Steinlicht cf 3-0-1, Potting ss 3-0-0, Hatch 2b 2-0-0, Peterson cf 2-0-1, Blue rf 0-0-0. Totals 20-1-5.

3B-Martin. RBI-Belisle.

Elk Mound 000 000 0=0

St. Croix Central 000 000 0=0



Johnson (L) 7 6 7 6 4 3

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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