The Rhinelander High School softball team needed a big win on Thursday on the road paired with a Mosinee loss to Antigo to share the Great Northern Conference, but unfortunately neither happened. The Hodags fell to Tomahawk 6-5 in nine innings, marking their second loss to the Hatchets this season. And the Indians earned the GNC title after edging the Red Robins 7-6 the same night.
Both teams took some time to get their bats warmed up, and Tomahawk finally got on board in the third inning, as the plated three runs to take the lead.
The Hatchets would hold the 3-0 lead until Rhinelander responded in the sixth frame and was sparked by Makayla Kuester. First Kuester connected on an RBI single to put the Hodags' on the board. And then again in the top seventh frame, she connected on a grand slam to give RHS their first lead of the night at 5-3.
Makayla finished the night with five RBI’s and went 2-for-3 at the plate. While leadoff Ivy Packard also went 4-for-5 on the night and scored two runs for Rhinelander.
But with one out, the Hatchets came back with a hit and walk. Katy Volz would follow up plating two runs on a single to tie the game up 5-5 and force extra innings.
The Hodags had some chances to put the game away, but were unable to capitalize. Tomahawk’s Holly Winker hit a walk-off single to push the Hatchets ahead 6-5.
In the circle, Ali Schickert allowed three earned runs on three hits. She finished with six strike outs.
Rhinelander fell to 8-4 in the GNC standings and are now 12-9 overall. The Hodags' now shift their focus to the first round of the WIAA playoffs. RHS will host Merrill on Wednesday at Pioneer Park, with first pitch set for 4:30PM.
The Rhinelander High School baseball team hosted Tomahawk on Thursday in a Great Northern Conference matchup held at Stafford Field. The Hodags rallied to score all nine runs in the first three innings of work in route of a 9-1 victory.
Although Rhinelander only finished the night with seven hits including one extra-base hit, they took advantage of Tomahawk mistakes and charted three runs on passed balls. Tyler Blomdahl, Brad Comer, and Brad Quade finished with two RBI’s each in the win.
Comer earned the win on the mound for RHS, pitching six innings and only allowing one run on five hits. He finished with five walks and six strikeouts. Tait Spencer would come in and pitch the final frame for Rhinelander.
The Hodags didn't waste any time when Easton Senoraske led off with a double. Brad Quade would reach on error, allowing Senoraske to score. And two batters later, Tyler Blomdahl would draw a walk to load the bases. After a Hatchet double play, Alec Modrow reloaded the bases. And with two outs, Brad Comer connected on a two-RBI single to put RHS up 3-0.
Tomahawk would respond in the top of the second frame, and would record their only run in the inning. Nick Baacke led off with a single and two passed balls would advance him to third base. And Eli Wurl would drive in Baacke on a RBI single to left field. Justin Jarvensivu walked to load the bases, but starting pitcher Comer used a strikeout to get out of the jam.
Wyatt Kupper took the loss for the Hatchets after pitching for the first inning, and Jakob Kahle came in for relief. But that didn’t slow up Rhinelander, as they added two more runs in the second frame.
Matthew Rudolph reached on error followed by a single to left from Senoraske. Jacob DeMeyer drove in Rudolph on an RBI single, and runners advanced into scoring position on the throw home. And a wild pitch allowed Senoraske to score, and the Hodags took a 5-1 lead.
RHS would tack on four more runs in the bottom of the third to give them an eight-run victory. Tait Spencer singled between first and second base while Rudolph reached on a fielder's choice. Senorasked followed with a walk to load the bases and a passed ball with DeMeyer at the plate allowed a run in. Blomdahl ripped a two-RBI single up the middle. And Quade would reach on error, allowing the Hodags' final run to score.
Comer earned the win after six innings of work and only allowed one earned run on five hits. He walked six and also struck out six. Spencer pitched the final inning, and did not allow a run or hit. Only two Hatchets got on base in the seventh on a walk and an error.
With Antigo still ahead in the conference standings, the Hodgas' will have to win the rematch with the Robins on Monday paired with an Antigo loss to keep their hopes of alive to sharing the 2017 title. RHS is now 8-2 in the GNC and 13-4 overall.
The Hodags were originally scheduled to host a doubleheader against Rice Lake on Saturday but was cancelled due to the weather. Rhinelander's next game will then be the showdown against Antigo on Monday at 5:00PM at Hodag Park.
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