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The Antigo Red Robins softball team played two exciting Great Northern Conference games with Medford at Lake Park Thursday, taking a game one thriller, 8-7 in nine innings, before falling 11-8 in the finale.

GAME ONE

The opening contest started off as a game of missed opportunities, with the Robins stranding two base runners in the first before loading the bases in the second with no one out, and failing to plate a run.

Antigo pitcher Kendall Smith managed to shut down the Raiders’ bats during the dry spell however, retiring the first nine batters she faced.

Luckily Kendall kept us in the game on the mound, Head Coach Sandi Robrecht said. We had a lot of opportunities with runners on but just didn’t get around to score.

The Robins slowly built a 5-1 lead heading into the sixth, highlighted by a two-run homer from Smith in the third, and a two-run blast by Abby Robrecht in the fifth.

Medford however, got things going in the top half of the sixth inning, scoring six times to take a 7-5 lead. The Raiders plated their six runs on only two base hits, as two Antigo errors, two wild pitches, a walk, and a hit batsmen all aided Medford in its comeback.

The wheels came off a bit in the sixth, Robrecht noted. Going into the bottom of the seventh we needed two runs to tie.

Tie is exactly what the Robins would do, as key hits from Lizzy West, Robrecht, and Taylor Arrowood set up a game tying RBI single from Laynie Weix to force extra innings.

Following a scoreless eighth, Arrowood led off the bottom of the ninth for the Robins with a single. Meghan Bussiere laid down a nicely executed sacrifice bunt to move Arrowood into scoring position, and following a fly out by Alicia Turunen, Weix came through with the game winning hit for the walk-off win.

Weix, Robrecht, and Arrowood led Antigo with three hits each, while Emily Brettingen, Smith, and Alison Peters all collected two base knocks. Weix, Smith, and Robrecht all drove in two runs in the win.

Both pitchers went the distance, with Smith getting the win for Antigo, allowing seven runs but only one earned on six hits. She walked one and struck out six.

Medford’s Rachel Mudgett took the loss, while Christa Gothhardt led her team with two hits.

GAME TWO

Antigo did not start slow in game two. Serving as the visiting team on the scoreboard, the Lady Robins plated two runs in the first and four in the third for an early 6-3 lead.

The four-run third was highlighted by a three-run home run by Smith.

The Raiders comeback began in the fourth, scoring four runs all with one swing of the bat. Mac Fries’ grand slam gave Medford a 7-6 lead. A trio of singles in the fifth, along with a Bryn Rau double and an Antigo error added up to three more runs, and Hailee Clausmitzer’s solo shot in the sixth, finished off the Medford scoring.

We jumped out to a lead, but couldn’t maintain it, Robrecht said. Medford was able to get timely hits with runners on and we just couldn’t quite get back up.

Antigo did score once in the sixth courtesy of a Brettingen RBI single, and once in the seventh on a run-scoring groundout by Robrecht, accounting for the 11-8 final.

Turunen and Brettingen had two hits each to lead the Robins.

Fries led Medford with three hits in the win, while Gothhardt was the winning pitcher in relief.

Brettingen took the loss on the mound, going five innings and giving up 10 runs, seven earned on 11 Medford hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out two. Robrecht gave up one run in relief.

We are getting more confident in the box, Robrecht added. Our pitching is coming around, we just need to shore up a few things defensively.

With the twin bill split, Antigo is now 6-5 on the season, 5-4 in the Great Northern Conference.

Medford stands at 6-9, 3-5 in conference play.

The Robins are off until Tuesday, when they will host GNC rival Rhinelander in another doubleheader at Lake Park.
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Red Robins split exciting softball twin bill with Raiders
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The Antigo Red Robins softball team played two exciting Great Northern Conference games with Medford at Lake Park Thursday, taking a game one thriller, 8-7 in nine innings, before falling 11-8 in the finale.

GAME ONE

The opening contest started off as a game of missed opportunities, with the Robins stranding two base runners in the first before loading the bases in the second with no one out, and failing to plate a run.

Antigo pitcher Kendall Smith managed to shut down the Raiders’ bats during the dry spell however, retiring the first nine batters she faced.

Luckily Kendall kept us in the game on the mound, Head Coach Sandi Robrecht said. We had a lot of opportunities with runners on but just didn’t get around to score.

The Robins slowly built a 5-1 lead heading into the sixth, highlighted by a two-run homer from Smith in the third, and a two-run blast by Abby Robrecht in the fifth.

Medford however, got things going in the top half of the sixth inning, scoring six times to take a 7-5 lead. The Raiders plated their six runs on only two base hits, as two Antigo errors, two wild pitches, a walk, and a hit batsmen all aided Medford in its comeback.

The wheels came off a bit in the sixth, Robrecht noted. Going into the bottom of the seventh we needed two runs to tie.

Tie is exactly what the Robins would do, as key hits from Lizzy West, Robrecht, and Taylor Arrowood set up a game tying RBI single from Laynie Weix to force extra innings.

Following a scoreless eighth, Arrowood led off the bottom of the ninth for the Robins with a single. Meghan Bussiere laid down a nicely executed sacrifice bunt to move Arrowood into scoring position, and following a fly out by Alicia Turunen, Weix came through with the game winning hit for the walk-off win.

Weix, Robrecht, and Arrowood led Antigo with three hits each, while Emily Brettingen, Smith, and Alison Peters all collected two base knocks. Weix, Smith, and Robrecht all drove in two runs in the win.

Both pitchers went the distance, with Smith getting the win for Antigo, allowing seven runs but only one earned on six hits. She walked one and struck out six.

Medford’s Rachel Mudgett took the loss, while Christa Gothhardt led her team with two hits.

GAME TWO

Antigo did not start slow in game two. Serving as the visiting team on the scoreboard, the Lady Robins plated two runs in the first and four in the third for an early 6-3 lead.

The four-run third was highlighted by a three-run home run by Smith.

The Raiders comeback began in the fourth, scoring four runs all with one swing of the bat. Mac Fries’ grand slam gave Medford a 7-6 lead. A trio of singles in the fifth, along with a Bryn Rau double and an Antigo error added up to three more runs, and Hailee Clausmitzer’s solo shot in the sixth, finished off the Medford scoring.

We jumped out to a lead, but couldn’t maintain it, Robrecht said. Medford was able to get timely hits with runners on and we just couldn’t quite get back up.

Antigo did score once in the sixth courtesy of a Brettingen RBI single, and once in the seventh on a run-scoring groundout by Robrecht, accounting for the 11-8 final.

Turunen and Brettingen had two hits each to lead the Robins.

Fries led Medford with three hits in the win, while Gothhardt was the winning pitcher in relief.

Brettingen took the loss on the mound, going five innings and giving up 10 runs, seven earned on 11 Medford hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out two. Robrecht gave up one run in relief.

We are getting more confident in the box, Robrecht added. Our pitching is coming around, we just need to shore up a few things defensively.

With the twin bill split, Antigo is now 6-5 on the season, 5-4 in the Great Northern Conference.

Medford stands at 6-9, 3-5 in conference play.

The Robins are off until Tuesday, when they will host GNC rival Rhinelander in another doubleheader at Lake Park.
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