Auburndale softball rallies late to beat Columbus Catholic
Soppe earns win, scores twice for Apaches
By Paul Lecker
AUBURNDALE — Auburndale scored seven runs in its final two at-bats to pull away and defeat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 11-4 in a nonconference softball game Monday at Auburndale High School.
The game was added to the schedule after Auburndale’s annual tournament scheduled for May 20 was canceled due to inclement weather.
With the game tied 4-4 through four innings, Auburndale scored three runs in the fifth inning and added four more in the sixth.
Alexis Soppe earned the victory for the Apaches, throwing three hitless innings of relief with two strikeouts.
Marissa Ponshock had a double and scored twice, and Rachael Bolder and Soppe also scored a pair of runs each for Auburnadale (10-8).
Maren Seefluth had three runs scored, and Maddie DeSmet had two RBIs for Columbus (6-12).
Columbus Catholic hosts a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Marshfield Fairgrounds against Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran. Auburndale opens postseason play Wednesday with a Division 4 regional semifinal at Markesan.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Apaches 11, Dons 4
Columbus Catholic 120 100 0 – 4 3 3
Auburndale 310 034 x – 11 7 4
WP: Alexis Soppe. LP: Maddie DeSmet.
SO: Sierra Litwaitis (2 inn.) 1, Ella Schultz (2 inn.) 0, DeSmet (1 inn.) 0, Addison Baierl (1 inn.) 1; Rachael Bolder (4 inn.) 3, Soppe (3 inn.) 2. BB: Litwaitis 3, Schultz 1, DeSmet 4, Baierl 1; R. Bolder 5, Soppe 1.
Top hitters: CC, Maren Seefluth 3 runs; DeSmet 2 RBIs. A, Marissa Ponshock 2×3, 2B, 2 runs; R. Bolder 2 runs; Soppe 2 runs.
Records: Columbus Catholic 6-12; Auburndale 10-8.