The Reedsburg Blue softball team saw a couple of tough results against its rivals on July 9 and July 10 when Reedsburg took on Baraboo and was outmatched in both contests.
On July 9, Reedsburg played host to the Thunder and fell 10-3. Errors were abundant as both teams committed six on the night, but Baraboo had the hit advantage as Reedsburg was outhit 8-4.
Reedsburg pitcher Olivia Fry set Baraboo down in the top of the first inning, and the momentum translated into a run in the bottom half. Renee Tourdot and Tresa Jo Koopmeiner set the table with a pair of two-out singles, while Miranda Sobojinski singled to right field to score Tourdot. Koopmeiner was thrown out at home plate on the play by Baraboo’s Aubrey Penberthy.
Baraboo took a one-run lead in the third, with Jamie Olson and Bailey Babcock singling while Aria Schindler beat out an infield single to score Olson. Callie Hammermeister followed with an RBI of her own.
The Thunder added to their lead with a two-out rally in the top of the fourth, as Penberthy walked and came around to score on an Olson single to make it 3-1. Reedsburg loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fourth, but only mustered up one run. Caylee Fry led off the frame with an infield single and stole second, while Tourdot reached on an error. Baraboo recorded an out at home before Jordan Meinhardt drew a bases-loaded walk to bring Reedsburg within one at 3-2. A strikeout from Baraboo’s Emma Crary and a popup ended the opportunity for more.
Baraboo broke the game open in the fifth. Haley Hannagan got it started and Baraboo eventually loaded the bases before Jade Parchem came through with a two-run single that gave the Thunder a 5-2 lead. Addie Filus singled to reload the bases with no outs. Reedsburg recorded an out before Crary added a two-run single to give Baraboo a 7-2 advantage. Penberthy and Olson singled to drive in the final run of the inning. Reedsburg got one back in the fifth off a Sam Altizer single and a Karly Elder fielder’s choice, but Baraboo answered with a two-run sixth to provide the final score of 10-3.
Despite the loss, Fry had an outstanding day in the circle, recording nine strikeouts through four innings.
Baraboo 11, Reedsburg 1
The two teams were back at it again about 24 hours later when Reedsburg traveled to Baraboo and fell 11-1 in six innings.
Reedsburg continued to struggle in the field, committing eight errors while also being outhit 8-5. Baraboo committed only one error on the day, which all made for a one-sided contest.
Reedsburg threatened with two outs in the opening frame, as Tourdot and Koopmeiner hit back-to-back singles while a walk juiced the bases, but a strikeout from Crary ended the chance.
Parchem and Filus walked with two outs in the bottom half and advanced on a wild pitch, before Hammermeister drilled out a two-RBI triple in the right-center field gap to give Baraboo a quick 2-0 lead. Two walks thrown from Olivia Fry in the second led to an RBI single to left field from Hannagan, while Parchem followed with one of her own to make it 4-0. Reedsburg had a couple of chances in the third and fourth but failed to score. Daylia Barreau and Altizer walked in the third but a 9-3 double play put that to rest, while Meinhardt recorded a blooper to right field in the fourth but was stranded after back-to-back groundouts.
Reedsburg’s lone run of the night came in the fifth. Lexi Selje singled and advanced on a wild pitch, before scoring on a blooper to right field from Barreau.
Baraboo pulled away in the bottom half, scoring four runs to take an 8-1 lead. Reedsburg will look to bounce back on July 12 when it hosts Sauk Prairie.