Red Robins' lineup dissects Northland Pines with massive wins Wednesday|
The Lady Robins decimated Northland Pines on a rare Wednesday evening doubleheader that saw Antigo softball uproot, overturn and basically demoralize all of Eagle River. With wins of 22-1 in game one and 34-1 in game two, the Robins combine 56 runs were more than adequate in toppling the Eagles.
Antigo got out to an early lead in the first inning of the first game, scoring six runs including home runs from Kara Wilhelm and Alison Kondzela and a lead-off triple from Kendall Nagel. The Robins managed to get through 11 batters in the first inning alone.
Back-to-back doubles from Wilhelm and Alex Falk helped position Antigo for another explosive, seven-run second inning. Cycling through the batting order in its entirety once more, Wilhelm was good for yet another fence-clearing blast in her second at-bat of the inning.
The third inning was uncharacteristic of the trends of this particular Wednesday, with three Lady Robins up and down.
Eight scores in the fourth inning led to 22 total runs in the game before it being called by the officials, more than twofold the mercy rule quota.
Kondzela pitched extremely well in the first game, completing the game with one earned run on seven hits, striking out seven Eagles’ batters and walking none.
Coming off of its 22-1 victory, there would be seemingly nothing left to impress Antigo softball fans offensively; but, the Lady Robins gave us 34 runs this time regardless.
Antigo managed six runs once again in the first inning, with Pine’s managing to advance lead-off batters Jordan Nagel and K. Nagel on a series of wild pitches. A double by Lindsey Steger and singles from Taylor Pomasl and Maddie Matuszewski helped the Robins gain an early lead that would keep growing.
Only nine runs on nine hits in the second inning would still not be the best inning of the day for the ladies. Wilhelm and Steger each tripled to start the inning, followed by a Pomasl double and singles from Laurissa Belott, Matuszewski, Morgana Smith, J. Nagel and Steger again in her second plate appearance in the inning.
Five runs on three hits in the third inning, including yet another triple from Steger, saw the scoreboard read 21-0. The Lady Robins were not finished.
Any softball or baseball coach would most likely be elated by a 14-run, 12-hit game no less. Try an inning. On a number of wild pitches and walks that allowed Antigo to get on base, short ball production allowed the Lady Robins to become a run factory.
Hits in the fourth inning alone included: a triple from Wilhelm, doubles by J. Nagel, Belott, Kaitlyn Kondzela, and Smith, and singles from K. Kondzela, K. Nagel, J. Nagel, Steger, Shania Williams, and Brittany Beckingham.
Steger led all Lady Robin batters in game two, going a perfect 6-6 with two triples and two doubles, scoring five runs herself while batting in seven.
Smith was on the mound in game two for Antigo, pitching all four innings of the shortened game with one run allowed on four hits. Walking just one batter, she managed to strike out six.
Coach Sandi Robrecht was humbly reserved after the doubleheader blowout extravaganza. “Lots of hitting,” she said. “Good to see some younger kids come up and do well!”
The Lady Robins host Merrill on Monday at 5 p.m. With playoffs beginning next week Thursday, Antigo received the third seed in the WIAA Regionals and will take on Wittenberg-Birnamwood in its first postseason action (times to follow).
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