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New Richmond softball claws out 8-6 win

New Richmond ‘s Lexi Derrick is forced out at home plate during the Tigers’ loss to Baldwin-Woodville last week.

Prescott kept coming back against the New Richmond softball team last Tuesday.

But when the Tigers scored two runs in the sixth inning to break a 6-6 tie, Prescott couldn’t muster another comeback. The Tigers earned an 8-6 win, their first victory in Middle Border Conference action this season.

The best aspect of this game was improved hitting from the Tigers and it started from the opening inning. Ellie Emerson and Kate Johnson started the inning with doubles and Sydney Kannel and Sydney Jones followed with singles to generate the two runs.

The Tigers got another run in the second inning. Cassie Martie singled and scored when Emerson doubled again.

“Ellie’s playing great,” said Tiger coach Emily Dabrowski. “She’s definitely comfortable in the outfield and confident at the plate.”

Prescott was hitting the ball well too. The Cards took a 6-4 lead by scoring once in the second inning, twice in the third inning and three times in the fourth inning.

The Tigers weren’t hitting the ball as well in the later innings, but alert baserunning got them the win. The Tigers rallied for two runs in the fourth inning after the first two Tiger batters of the inning were retired. A walk and a single started the charge, with both runners scoring on passed balls.

Kannel started the rally in the sixth inning with a single, later scoring the go-ahead run. The second run scored on a dropped third strike, with Meghan Chelberg hustling to first base on the play.

“Meghan didn’t hesitate for a second,” Dabrowski said. “We needed that insurance run.”

The Tigers hadn’t been able to practice on their home field until the days following this game. Dabrowski said the girls desperately needed some reps outdoors and it helped the team work on situations that can’t be done in a gym.

“Kids are staying after practice asking for help. That’s a really good sign,” Dabrowski said.

Being at top form is crucial, because the Tigers are in a stretch where they will be playing three to four games every week. That starts this Thursday when the Tigers host Amery. They will also be at home Friday, when Osceola’s Chieftains visit. Next week starts with a game at Somerset on Monday, followed by a trip to Baldwin-Woodville on Tuesday.

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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