The Reedsburg softball team was its own worst enemy on April 10 when the Beavers hosted Baraboo and committed eight errors in an 8-4 Badger North Conference loss at Nishan Park.
Cold temperatures didn’t help Reedsburg’s case in the season opener, but head coach Andy Gesteland said the errors were still costly nonetheless.
“We had eight errors, and that’s just too many errors. Nothing glaring though, but what it was is an error put a kid on base, and then all of a sudden (Baraboo) got a hit here or there and they were able to get (those extra runs). So they ended up being a little costly for us so we have to clean that up a little bit.”
Reiley Schyvinck pitched a complete game for Reedsburg, ending the contest with three strikeouts but had to shake off some rust in the opening frame. A couple of walks and an RBI single from Baraboo pitcher Jovanna Blum gave the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead before Schyvinck threw back-to-back strikeouts.
Reedsburg took its only lead of the night in the bottom of the second, with Mallory Stingley nearly hitting one out of the park toward center field but the ball hit the top part of the fence and Stingley settled for a triple. She crossed home plate on a wild pitch, and a walk from Darriane Sobojinski and a base hit from Tresajo Koopmeiner put another runner in scoring position. An RBI groundout gave the Beavers a 2-1 lead.
“I think Mallory just picked up where she left off last year, batting around .600. She was two-for-two tonight with the one that should been a home run but hit off the top of the pole,” Gesteland said.
After another successful defensive outing from Reedsburg in the third, Schyvinck connected for a single in the bottom half but a 4-6 double play from Baraboo ended the opportunity. The T-Birds started to get hot at the plate in the next couple of innings, scoring four unanswered runs. Baraboo catcher Kelly Andrews led off with a triple in the top fourth while a walk, a wild pitch, and an RBI groundout scored two runs, while another triple and two RBI singles in the fifth gave Baraboo a 5-2 advantage.
Reedsburg didn’t go away, as Maddy Selje led off the bottom fifth with a double but a couple more strikeouts from Blum and a fly out left her on. Baraboo added another run in the sixth with a couple of base hits and a double, and added two more in the seventh off of a couple of errors and two RBI singles. Reedsburg kept things close by scoring two more runs in the final innings, with Stingley circling the bases on what initially looked to be an inside the park home run to right field in the sixth, but an error on the cutoff officially marked the run as a triple and an error. Schyvinck cracked out an RBI double in the seventh to score Reedsburg’s final run.
“Hitting-wise I thought we hit the ball well. Couple of good, timely hits there. And I thought Reiley pitched a pretty good game for us,” Gesteland said.
The Beavers ended the contest with eight hits, with Stingley going 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while Schyvinck went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Koopmeiner added two hits as well.
“Everybody that came in contributed in a positive way so it was a good sign for us,” Gesteland said.
Reedsburg (0-1 overall, 0-1 Badger North) will be back in action on April 12 when the Beavers travel to DeForest for another conference game.