Witt-Birn Chargers pose threat to Lady Robins, Wilhelm homer wins it|
Antigo came to life when it absolutely had to in its WIAA Regional Softball Qualifier against the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Chargers Thursday evening.
Down 7-4 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Robins pulled six runs out of the bag and defeated the Lady Chargers to the tune of 10-7.
Scoreless on both side in the first four innings, Coach Sandi Robrecht frowned when Witt-Birn got on the scoreboard first in the top of the fifth.
“Just solid defense on both ends through four innings,” Robrecht said. “(The Chargers) had well-placed hits in the fifth to get runs.”
Antigo answered Witt-Birn’s two-run top of the inning with three of its own in the fifth. Kendall Nagel was walked to start the inning. With an RBI double from Kara Wilhelm and a two-RBI single from Alex Falk, the Lady Robins took their first lead of the day.
A run apiece in the sixth inning set the stage for the dramatic seventh. The Lady Chargers managed four runs in the top of the inning, giving them a seemingly inescapable 7-4 lead over the Robins.
After a Taylor Pomasl ground to shortstop and subsequent first out, things looked rather bleak for the Lady Robins to begin their epic comeback. A single from Laurissa Belott and two consecutive errors to Lindsay Steger and Kaitlyn Kondzela got things going on the right track with two quick runs.
A K. Nagel double brought in K. Kondzela, leaving the winning run on second with one out. A J. Nagel walk brought up Wilhelm to the plate, whose fantastic three-run homer to center brought in the Lady Robins winning run. And then some. And another. The girls defeated the Chargers 10-7 to live another day in the world of cutthroat, postseason softball.
Wilhelm finished her fantastic comeback outing for Antigo 2-5, including her monster home run and a single. She recorded four RBIs and two runs scored herself.
Catcher Belott was also 2-3 with a walk, hitting a double and a single with one run scored. Alex Falk finished 2-4 on the evening with two singles and three runs batted in for the Lady Robins.
Both of the Nagels each had one hit on the day, combining for six walks and five of Antigo’s hard-fought runs.
Alison Kondzela claimed the win on the mound for Antigo, despite allowing seven runs (six of them earned) on 10 hits in all seven innings pitched. She had three strikeouts and walked one Charger batter.
“We had smart base running today,” Robrecht added. “You could see the girls come to life.”
Antigo now advances to face GNC foe Medford Tuesday in Medford. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
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