COLBY – The Columbus Catholic softball team wrapped up third place in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division with a 13-3 win over Colby/Abbotsford on Tuesday at Colby High School.
The Dons scored eight runs in the fourth inning to bust open a scoreless game and cruised from there behind pitcher Hailey Zimmermann, who struck out 11 and walked three in a complete game.
Cierra Dieringer had a home run and four RBI, Zimmermann had three hits and an RBI, and Sam Casperson had two hits and an RBI for Columbus Catholic (11-7, 8-4 Cloverbelt East).
Halie VanLuven had three of Colby/Abbotsford’s six hits. The Hornets finish the regular season at 5-8 overall and 5-7 in the Cloverbelt East.
Colby/Abbotsford will play a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal at Rhinelander on Thursday.
Columbus Catholic will open postseason play with a Division 5 regional semifinal at Thorp on May 24.
Dons 13, Hornets 3
Columbus Catholic 000 803 2 - 13 10 2
Colby/Abbotsford 000 011 1 - 3 6 5
WP: Hailey Zimmermann. LP: Tatum Bargender.
SO: Zimmermann 11; Bargender 6. BB: Zimmermann 3; Bargender 4.
Top hitters: CC, Cierra Dieringer 2x4, HR, 2 runs, 4 RBI; Sam Casperson 2x4, 2 runs, RBI; Zimmermann 3x5, RBI; Brianna Duda 2 runs. CA, Halie VanLuven 3x4.
Records: Columbus Catholic 11-7, 8-4 Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Colby/Abbotsford 5-8, 5-7 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.