It was a lopsided affair on Wednesday evening when the Baraboo 16U softball team hosted Reedsburg Red and won 25-7 in four innings.
Baraboo was simply the better team, as the Thunder amassed 19 hits and took advantage of numerous pitching and fielding errors from the inexperienced and winless Reedsburg squad. While the game was one-sided throughout, Baraboo coach Pat Henry said he wanted his team to stay aggressive in preparation for the upcoming Thunder Classic tournament.
“This is a group of nine that came today and we put a challenge to them — we wanted to see them pour it on,” he said. “I’m challenging the girls this weekend, so we just want to keep playing hard, swinging the bats and as long as we hit the ball, good things are going to happen.”
Reedsburg took a lead in the opening frame, scoring a run off of two errors, a groundout and a wild pitch. But Baraboo set the tone from there, scoring nine runs in the bottom half of the first inning.
Aria Schindler was hit by a pitch and she quickly stole second and went home on a throwing error on the play. Jade Parchem and Baylee Babcock reached on bloopers to center, and Macy Henry’s RBI single gave the Thunder a 2-1 lead.
Kirstyn Mathis added an RBI of her own and another run scored off a throwing error back into the infield, while an Emma Crary walk and a passed ball scored another. Reedsburg nearly stopped the bleeding with back-to-back strikeouts, but Molly Korthals kept things going with an RBI double and took third off another throwing error. Schindler drew a walk before Parchem drilled out a two-RBI double to make it 8-1. A wild pitch and an RBI from Babcock scored another.
Mathis, Crary and Jamie Olson singled to start the bottom of the second, and a wild pitch, a walk, and an RBI blooper from Schindler made it 11-1.
Parchem replaced Crary in the circle in the third, but struggled to find the strike zone with seven walks and three wild pitches. Reedsburg took advantage of Parchem’s wildness and a two-run single by Rachel Hutchens to score six runs in the inning to pull within 11-7.
Pat Henry said it was good to get Parchem some experience in the circle as she might be interested in pitching more in the future.
“We brought Jade in to pitch, and he just hasn’t pitched a lot,” he said. “She’s an awesome shortstop. She could play shortstop, she could play infield, she’s got an arm; you could put her almost anywhere. But pitching is tough. It’s a lot of keeping your head in it, you’ve got to stay focused and you can’t get rattled.”
A walk from Henry, a groundout and a couple wild pitches gave Baraboo a run in the bottom of the third to make it 12-7.
The Thunder blew things wide open in the bottom of the fourth, scoring 13 runs before Reedsburg coach Mark Barreau called his players off the field to end the game. Parchem, Henry, Olson and Babcock all recorded RBIs in the frame. Parchem had three RBIs in the inning by knocking in one with a single in her first at-bat and two more with a double when she came up to the plate again, while Babcock added an RBI triple.
“They thought it was 10 (runs) after four, but it’s 10 after five. I asked him if they wanted to (keep playing),” Pat Henry said of Reedsburg’s choice to end the game early. “But I didn’t expect the girls to keep hitting the way they were hitting; they just kept hitting the ball.”
Baraboo will look to carry the momentum into Friday, when the Thunder faces Mad City early in the morning before taking on Poynette to begin the Thunder Classic.