Spencer’s run ends a game shy of state
Marshfield bounced from post season
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD — The season for the Spencer softball team ended as the month of May ended.
The Rockets lost a Division 4 sectional semifinal contest with Stevens Point Pacelli at Markesan on May 31. The final score was 1-0.
Karah Kluck tossed a two-hit shutout for Pacelli. Sadie Mercier and Tiffany Meinders had the two hits for the Rockets, who were limited to just five baserunners for the whole game. Still, that stingy Spencer defense allowed just one run on five hits and stranded seven Pacelli baserunners. An RBI base hit by Teesa Shafranski in the sixth inning won the game for the Cardinals, as they returned to the state tournament for the eighth time since 2002—winning state championships in 2003, 2012 and 2015.
Kluck recorded eight strikeouts and did not walk anyone in getting the win. Meinders took the loss for Spencer in a terrific pitching performance against a team that had outscored its playoff opponents 33-2 heading into that contest.
Spencer finished the season 16-6.
The Marshfield Tiger softball team was eliminated from the Division 1 playoffs on May 29, with a home loss to Chippewa Falls in the sectional semifinal round. The Tigers lost at the Marshfield Fairgrounds 7-2. A five-run seventh inning won the game for the Cardinals, as Marshfield was eliminated in the sectional semifinal round for the third year in a row.
Marshfield scored its only runs of the game in the fourth inning, on a two-run double by Morgan Nordbeck.
Megan Donahue took the loss for the Tigers. She struck out nine batters and issued seven walks in a losing effort. Donahue also went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Marshfield ends its season 22-5.