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Hodags Softball falls to Mosinee 11-4
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 04/19/2017
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The Rhinelander High School softball team stuck around with the reigning Great Northern Conference champions, Mosinee for most of the game on Tuesday but Hodag errors and big hits from the Indians pushed them ahead 11-4 at Pioneer Park.

There was no doubt why Mosinee softball has earned the past eight GNC titles, and showed they did not plan on leaving the top of the conference anytime soon. The Indians cashed in on four big hits in the fifth, scoring five runs. Mosinee added five more in the seventh to cruise to a seven-run victory.

Rhinelander not only dropped their first GNC contest of the year (2-1 GNC), but they lost senior ace Ali Schickert in the final frame. It appeared to be a right knee injury in which she did not return and it is unknown how severe the injuries are at this time.

The Hodags played in arguably one of their most inconsistent defense games of the year, where they committed seven errors. Three of those errors led to the Indians scoring four runs. Mosinee also took advantage of a walk with the bases loaded, as well as a wild pitch to add two more runs.

But Rhinelander didn't back down, and battled offensively. The Hodags finished the afternoon with nine hits and rallied back and were only down two after six innings.

The Indians got on board in the second frame when Brooke Hintz scored on two Rhinelander errors with one out. Schickert was able to get the final two outs, the first a strikeout, and second a grounded right back to the circle. 

RHS had a chance to add runs at the bottom of the second, when Erica Counter hit a standup double to right center gap. Hope Wissbroecker singled with a hard shot between third and short to place runners on corners. But the Hodags left the two base runners stranded on a ground out to end the inning.

Schickert and the Hodags' defense went three-up-three-down in the third, but couldn’t take advantage and went without a base runner at the bottom of the frame. Schickert had a big fourth frame where she charted three strikeouts, with one walk in between. 

Makayla Kuester tried to get momentum swinging in the Rhinelander's favor, after leading off with a solo home-run to center, but the next two batters grounded out and the final batter struck out looking.

And the Indians would rally right back in the top of the fifth. Miranda Rux started with a slow roller to third for an infield single. Brooke Wierzbanowski would then reach on a bunt when things went downhill for Rhinelander's infield.
 
Two Mosinee runs would score after an overthrow to third base. McKayla Garski would follow with an RBI single to center. Garski advanced into scoring position after a bobbled ball in the outfield. A walk from Schickert loaded the bases, and a wild pitch would allow two more runs to come in, putting the Indians ahead 6-1.

But the game was far out of reach, and the Hodags once against pushed right back with momentum of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Wissbroecker and Molly Wagler hit singles to get on to start. Mikayla Evenstad had a single bunt to load the bases.

Ivy Packard followed with a bases-loaded sacrifice bunt to score Wissbroecker. Stephanie Kuester would then connect on a two-RBI double to right center to bring the Hodags within two at 4-6. But Makayla Kuester ripped a line drive to shortstop, that Wierzbanowski caught and flipped to second for a double play to end the inning and to avoid any more runs. 

Another three-up-three down sixth inning helped the Hodags, and they looked to take advantage but came up empty handed. Lindsay Juedes walked and stole second. Counter followed with a single to right field. Coach D.J. DeMeyer sent Juedes home where she was tagged out. And Wissbroecker grounded out to leave Counter stranded.

The Indians would come up with another big inning in the seventh which started with a walk and followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to put Mosinee ahead 8-4. And on the next play, Janel Logsdon hit a roller just left of the circle where Schickert appeared to slip getting the grounder. Schickert left the game, and Stephanie Kuester took over at the mound.

Rux would connect on a two-RBI double to put the Indians ahead 11-4, where they would hold the Hodags off the board at their last at bat. 

Schickert recorded the loss for Rhinelander after 6 1/3 innings of work. She allowed five earned runs on seven hits and added eight strikeouts and six walks.

The Hodags will get back on the diamond on Thursday when they travel to Antigo for another tough GNC contest and will host Northland Pines on Monday night at Pioneer Park.




Hodag golfers 4th at Marshfield Invite
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 04/19/2017
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The Rhinelander High School golf team finished in fourth place out of five times on Tuesday at the Marshfield Invite held at RiverEdge Golf Course. The Hodags shot a 371 and would only finish ahead of Antigo (386) after wet playing conditions.

Stevens Point swept the meet with a 316 and finished with four golfers in the top-six including Evan Thomas, the medalist of the invitational, shooting a 77. Host Marshfield finished in second, 23 strokes behind Point (339). D.C. Everest finished in third, shooting a 367, and Antigo in last finished 15 strokes behind the Hodags.

With the weather conditions, Rhinelander had a few golfers struggle to break 100 on the day, which was not the case less than a week ago when they shot a 350 in Ashland. The wet course proved to be a challenge where RHS missed several fairways and finished with 12 team penalty strokes. Despite the rain, team only had 30 puts, which was below the team average.

The only Hodag golfer to earn a top-10 finish on the day was sophomore Nick Twite. Throughout the afternoon Twite finished with an 85, 13-over par. Highlighting his performance was a birdie on the seventh hole (par-3). 

Zach Olds was the next best Hodag to finish with a round of 91. Olds was the only other RHS golfer to earn a birdie on the day on the 14th hole (par-5). Will England finished with a 95, Matt Reinthaler recorded a 100, and Gunnar Millot rounded out the Hodags' with a 102.

It was also a nice opportunity for Rhinelander to play at RiverEdge, where the WIAA Division 1 sectionals will be held for the 2017 season. The Hodags' will host regionals at Northwood Golf Course, and are hoping to send as many golfers’ back to RiverEdge as possible. 

Rhinelander will be back on the course again on Saturday when they take part in the Medford Invitational that will be held at Black River Golf Course.
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