Lady Robins battle back from first game loss for win|
The Lady Robins found a way to correct their first-game mistakes to take one of two games away from Rhinelander in Antigo’s doubleheader Thursday evening at home. While the second game was more offensively minded in terms of runs, to say the least, the teams had a combined 49 hits in their two games played.
Alison Kondzela took to the mound in the first game, tallying a 5-1 loss that was met with virtually no run support. While giving up 12 hits to the visiting Hodags, Kondzela pitched all seven innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Four of the five opposing runs scored were earned.
Kendall Nagel scored the only run for the Lady Robins early in the bottom of the first. Reaching on an error and advancing to second following a Taylor Pomasl walk, Kara Wilhelm drove in Nagel with an RBI single.
Two Hodag runs in the top of the second and consecutive one-run innings in the sixth and seventh did little to help Antigo’s lack of run production despite its nine hits. Held scoreless for the remainder of the game, the girls looked to bounce back offensively.
Wilhelm led the Robin batters in game one, batting 3-3 with three singles and Antigo’s lone run batted in. Alex Falk and Britney Beckingham were both 2-3 with two singles, while Nagel finished her first game of the series 2-4 with a run scored.
Coach Sandi Robrecht said, after the game, “The first game was simply too little offense. Alison threw well but we didn’t give her enough run support. Rhinelander is a very good hitting team.”
In game two, the Robins managed to squeak by the Hodags 11-10 in a game that saw hits turn into needed runs for Antigo.
“(Rhinelander) started a freshman, and we were able to tag her for 10 runs in just five innings,” Coach Robrecht said of her opposition.
Lady Robins’ pitcher Kara Wilhelm recorded the win for Antigo. In seven, complete innings pitched she allowed 13 hits and 10 runs (nine of them earned), while striking out three batters and walking six.
Antigo took the lead after a one-run first inning. In the top of the third, three consecutive hits with one out by K. Nagel, Jordan Nagel, and Pomasl, including doubles from K. Nagel and Pomasl, led to three runs for the Robins.
Going into the bottom of the fifth comfortably leading 10-1 after a five-run top of the inning, Antigo gave up eight big runs to the Hodags allowing them to creep back within one. A three-run home run by Rhinelander’s Berrell was the driving force behind the potential comeback.
Kondzela scored a run for Antigo in the top of the seventh, but the hungry Hodags managed to get one in the bottom of the inning, pushing the Lady Robins lead back to just one once more. Wilhelm held tough, and the final fly out to first secured her win in the second game.
“Wilhelm kept us in it,” her coach said. “She didn’t give up and neither did the rest of the team.”
The Lady Robins were led by Kondzela’s batting prowess, going 4-4 with two doubles, two singles, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Maddie Matuszewski was 3-4 for a double and two singles. Other Robin hitters of note were K. Nagel, finishing 2-4 with two doubles, Laurissa Belot, 2-3 with two singles, and J. Nagel, going 2-4 with two singles also.
The Lady Robins move on to Marshfield for a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m.