New Richmond softball team takes playoff loss hard
For the New Richmond girls softball team, Thursday marked the end of an era.
“It was definitely tough for them,” Tiger coach Emily Dabrowski said of seeing the anguish her team went through following the game. “They’ve played together for so long. They’re a very close-knit team.”The Tigers end the season with a 14-9 record.
In the first inning the Tigers didn’t look overmatched against Klopp, who has pitched B-W to a 20-1 record heading into this week’s sectional tournament. Sydney Kannel was able to single to leftfield in the first inning for the Tigers.
The Blackhawks struck back with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Hannah Alme homered for B-W. That hit didn’t seem to rattle the Tigers. Klopp was the next B-W hitter and she roped a sinking liner to leftfield. Tiger senior Callie Jirik made an outstanding shoestring catch to get the out. The next hitter sent another liner toward Jirik. This time, the eye-level hit glanced off Jirik’s glove for a three-base error. Before the Tigers could get the third out, B-W had scored four more runs.
“You can’t really come back from (a 5-0 deficit against Klopp),” Dabrowski said. “It should have been a close game. We definitely deserved to be there.”
The Tigers managed just one more hit in the game, a bunt single by Jirik in the third inning.
To reach the regional final, the Tigers had to beat a tenacious Altoona team last Thursday, 6-3, at the New Richmond High School field. The Tigers had to rally from a 3-1 deficit to get the win.
It took a five-run fifth inning to get the Tigers the win. The Tigers loaded the bases on a hit by Maddie Krumm, a walk by Kate Johnson and a single by Lexi Derrick. Sydney Kannel quickly tied the score with a two-run double. Kaitlynn Belisle followed with a two-run single to give the Tigers the lead. The final run came home on a single from Jirik.
Dabrowski said this game had the feel of a playoff game, with a great deal of intensity and both teams playing extremely well in field.
“That was a fun one. The girls really buckled down and played great defense,” Dabrowski said.
Derrick led the team with three hits in the win.