Softball: Wingers win two in Wisconsin
Heading over the state border on Friday for a pair of games, the Red Wing softball team got to .500 after beating two ranked opponents.
Playing in Pepin, the visiting Wingers beat Pepin/Alma 10-0 in five innings, then completed the night with a 5-1 victory against Shell Lake.
“It was definitely a couple nice wins,” said Red Wing head coach Jon Bohmbach. “Both are highly competitive over in Wisconsin and both are ranked at their level over there (Pepin/Alma 10th, Shell Lake fourth in Division 4). We gave them some errors but we were able to tighten it up.”
The Wingers’ offense went off for 11 hits against Pepin/Alma, with Kelsey Reding, Maria Furlong and Hailey Kuhl each accounting for two hits apiece. Reding scored three runs and had two RBI, and Kuhl chipped in with two runs and an RBI. All but one player in the starting lineup finished with a hit in the game.
Against Shell Lake in the nightcap, the Wingers took advantage of three errors, scoring four runs in the third inning despite getting just three hits in the game.
Providing a much-needed spark in both games was Emily Boxrud, who got the win in both contests. She had five strikeouts with three hits and one walk allowed in Game 1, then limited Shell Lake to three hits and two walks in Game 2.
“We talked with her about getting ahead of batters,” Bohmbach said about Boxrud. “You hear it all the time, but for her, it’s so important with the kind of pitches she throws.”
Red Wing (3-3) returns to Missota Conference play Monday when they are slated to host Farmington.