When Sierra Holewinski stopped on second base after her three-run double, her teammates in the Mosinee dugout cheered along with the roar of their approving fans.
Holewinski’s big hit gave Mosinee a six-run lead in the first inning of a WIAA Division 2 regional championship game.
Mosinee scored four more runs to beat Medford 11-1 Thursday afternoon in five innings.
The victory gave Mosinee its third straight regional crown and Mosinee will host Northwestern/South Shore, an 8-4 winner over Rice Lake, at 5 p.m. Tuesday in a sectional semifinal.
“It’s a big deal to us (to win regoinals), because we all love this sport, and we support each other on and off the field,” Holewinski said. “My hit gave us a big spark. We knew Medford was a good team and we had to come out strong.”
Added Mosinee coach Todd Felch, “They’ve had a taste of (the sectional) the past few years, and they’re hungry and excited for the opportunity to take the next step.”
In the bottom of the first, Mosinee scored seven runs on four hits, gaining the lead for good.
Medford’s lone run came in the top of the first.
“They made us pay for mistakes,” said Raiders coach Virgil Berndt, referring to his team’s five errors. “They sure have our number down here. We’re a much better team than what we showed today.
“We won 18 games this year, and beat some quality teams. We swept Rhinelander and Rhinelander swept Mosinee.”
After the seven-run first inning, Mosinee scored three of its next four runs on Medford errors. In the second inning, the Raiders had four straight miscues to start the inning, which accounted for a pair of Mosinee runs.
Mosinee, on the other hand, played error-free ball and had a locked-in pitcher.
Rochelle Koshalek struck out 10 batters, walked one and allowed just three hits to earn the win in the circle.
“If you don’t have any errors and Rochelle on the mound, we’re going to be in every ball game,” Felch said. “Our goal is to keep the opposition to three runs, and if we do that we feel we’ll be successful.”
Most of Mosinee’s offensive output was in the first inning, but it was Kelsey Ludwig’s double that drove in the game-ending runs. Ludwig and Bailey Schultz had two hits each to lead Mosinee’s offensive attack.
“The girls went out there and shut the door,” Felch said. “They didn’t lose their composure early and played a great game.”
WP: Rochelle Koshalek (10 K, 1 BB). LP: Kayla Hartl (3 K, 2 BB). 2B: Mos, Mikayla Garski, Sierra Holewinski, Kelsey Ludwig.
Records: Mosinee 24-2; Medford 18-9.