By Steve Maves, Marshfield – Senior Day couldn’t have gone any better for the Marshfield Tigers softball team. They swept the Wausau East Lumberjacks on Tuesday afternoon, 10-0 and 18-2.
In game one, Megan Donahue was perfect in the pitching circle throwing five innings and striking out 12 Lumberjacks batters. Offensively, the Tigers were unable to be stopped, scoring once in the first inning and exploding for eight runs in the second inning, and did not look back after that.
Tigers head coach Danny Kosta talked about how well his team played and how nice it was to win in 5 innings.
“Any time we can play less innings, save Megan’s arm and save our legs getting close to playoff times is a good thing,” coach Kosta said.
The Tigers improved to 16-3 on the season after the 10-0 win in game 1.
Game two was all about the Tiger offense again and the scoring came in bunches for Marshfield.
The game was scoreless heading into the top of the second inning when Marshfield had four hits and drew 2 walks scoring five times. The Tigers got two two RBIs singles in the inning one from Megan Donahue and another from Emily Draeger.
The Lumberjacks would hold Marshfield for the remainder of the inning and even up to the top of the fourth when Donahue hit a 1-0 fastball over the right field fence for a solo homerun.
Wausau East would eventually put pressure on Marshfield in the bottom of the fourth when they were able to score their first and only run of the day. They were close to scoring again, but Lumberjack’s Gracie Stimac grounded out to end the bases loaded threat.
Then in the top of the fifth the flood gates opened and Marshfield closed the game out with an 11 run fifth inning.
In the inning Marshfield sent 16 batters to the plate and the first eight batters all scored in the inning and Marshfield was able to scratch across three more to lead 18-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth.
The Lumberjacks were able to get a run across in the bottom of the inning but were well beyond reach of the Tigers.
Senior and game two winning pitcher Kate Konnrardy talked about how well her teammates played in the doubleheader offensively.
“As a team we hit very good, we took advantage of every opportunity we had,” Konnrardy said. “When we had hits we took those extra bases; we did not let up on the hitting at all.”
The Marshfield Tigers improve to 17-3 on the season and will play a doubleheader against Wausau West on Thursday before the seeding meeting takes place this weekend to determine where and who the Lady Tigers will play in the playoffs.