Stratford softball falls at Marathon, crushes Northland Lutheran
By Paul Lecker
The Stratford softball team dropped its first Marawood Conference South Division game of the season on Thursday to Marathon before regrouping and pounding Northland Lutheran on Friday.
Marathon defeated Stratford 6-5 on Thursday and the Tigers ripped Northland Lutheran 15-0 Friday and are now 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the Marawood South.
Stratford led 4-3 after 4½ innings against Marathon (8-3, 6-0 Marawood South after winning Friday) before the Raiders scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to chase Tigers pitcher Lorrie Luepke from the game and take a 6-4 lead.
The Tigers scored once in the top of the seventh but could not eke out the tying run.
Brittany Bredemann had two of Stratford’s seven hits and Luepke hit a solo home run in the loss.
Luepke tossed a three-inning no-hitter as the Tigers whipped Northland Lutheran on Friday. The game was halted after three innings due to Stratford leading by 15 runs at that point.
Luepke struck out three and walked one to earn the win.
Bredemann had two singles, a double and three RBIs, and Kolbeck, Jessica Schwabe, Sammy Kaiser and Macie Frueh each had two hits for the Tigers.
Stratford plays at Wausau Newman on Monday at Sunnyvale Park in Wausau.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Raiders 6, Tigers 5
Stratford 000 310 1 – 5 7 1
Marathon 201 030 x – 6 5 3
WP: B. Yahnke. LP: Lorrie Luepke.
SO: Luepke (4 1/3 inn) 4, Kiana Weiler (1 2/3 inn.) 3; Yahnke (6 inn.) 3, C. Sonnentag (1 inn.) 0. BB:Luepke 4, Weiler 0; Yahnke 3, Sonnentag 1.
Top hitters: S, Brittany Bredemann 2×3, 2B; Casey Kolbeck 2B, run; Luepke HR, RBI. M, D. Gertchen 2 RBIs; N. Hanke 2 RBIs.
Records: Stratford 10-3, 5-1 Marawood South; Marathon 7-3, 5-0 Marawood South.
Tigers 15, Wildcats 0
Stratford 11(13) – 15 14 2
Northland Lutheran 000 – 0 0 0
WP: Luepke. LP: Engelbecht.
SO: Luepke 3; Engelbrecht 0. BB: Luepke 1; Engelbrecht 9.
Top hitters: S, Jessica Schwabe 2×2, 2 runs; Dallas Adams 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Bredemann 3×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Kolbeck 2×4, 2 RBIs; Kaylee Geiger 2 runs; Valieda Crillo 2 RBIs; Sammy Kaiser 2×2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Macie Frueh 2×2, 2 runs.
Records: Stratford 11-3, 6-1 Marawood South; Northland Lutheran 0-6 overall and Marawood South.