After only mustering five hits in a victory earlier in the week, the Wisconsin Rapids softball team broke out against Marshfield on Thursday afternoon.
The Raiders offense pounded out 12 hits, with five going for extra bases, as the Raiders rolled past the Tigers 9-2 at E.M Lee Field in Wisconsin Valley Conference play.
With the victory, the Raiders swept the regular season series with Marshfield, as they earned a 5-0 victory on April 21 in Rapids.
“We gave them a couple runs in the first, but the big difference was we got our number four hitter back,” Rapids coach Harry Babcock said. “We wanted to work on our hitting, and we were able to hit the way we know we can.”
Junior Allison Brost and sophomore Madison Bogie led the hitting barrage. The pair went 7 for 8 at the plate and all their hits went for extra bases. Brost notched three doubles, scored twice and added an RBI, while Bogie scored three runs with a double and a three-run home run to centerfield in the third inning. Sophomore Makenna Nieman chipped in for the Raiders with four RBIs.
“It was exciting to come back hot,” said Bogie who was returning from an injury. “I just had good confidence and got the hits my team needed.”
Added Brost, “At the plate I was seeing the ball out of the hand really well and saw it through the strike zone.. “I’ve been slumping lately so once I got a hit I got my confidence back.”
Conversely, Brost kept Marshfield hitters guessing. Despite allowing a pair of runs in the first inning, Brost never let the Tigers get back on the board. Brost needed just 55 pitches to get through the game.
Marshfield was led by Jessi Lyon who knocked in Miranda Baierl and Lexi Dupee in the first inning.
“We did a great job matching them in the first couple innings, but our bats fell asleep as they continued to score,” Marshfield coach Tarrah Pagel said. “The credit goes to their pitcher for keeping us off balance.”
Raiders 9, Tigers 2
WP: Allison Brost. LP: Kayla Kluge. HR: WR, Madison Bogie. 2B: WR, Brost (3), Bogie.
Records: Wisconsin Rapids 6-7 overall, 3-5 WVC, Marshfield 8-10 overall, 3-6 WVC.