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Edgar pitcher Makayla Wirkus struck out 11 as the Wildcats defeated Stratford 3-1 on Thursday at Hilgemann Field in Stratford on Thursday. (Photo by Paul Lecker/Zaleski Sports)

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STRATFORD – Edgar plated two runs in the top of the seventh inning out outlast Stratford 3-1 in a Marawood Conference South Division softball game Thursday at Hilgemann Field.

In the second-straight pitchers’ duel this week between Edgar’s Mikayla Wirkus and Stratford’s Laney Pankratz, Wirkus again got the best of her counterpart, allowing just a first-inning run, one walk and four hits while striking out 12.

Wirkus struck out 11 in a 2-1 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.

Stratford's Tessa Berg successfully steals second base during the fourth inning of Thursday's game against Edgar at Hilgeman Field in Stratford. (Photo by Paul Lecker/Zaleski Sports)

Pankratz suffered the loss, striking out two and scattering seven hits for the Tigers.

Maycie Yonker had a double and two RBI, and Wirkus added a pair of hits for Edgar, which improves to 9-6 overall and clinches a second-place finish in the Marawood South, finishing at 8-2.

Tessa Berg had two hits and scored Stratford’s lone run. The Tigers fall to 7-9 and 2-7 in conference play.

Stratford plays a nonconference game at Rib Lake on Friday before finishing its Marawood South schedule at home against Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Tuesday.

Edgar will travel to Park Falls for a nonconference game against Chequamegon on Friday.

Wildcats 3, Tigers 1

Edgar 000 100 2 - 3 7 1

Stratford 100 000 0 - 1 4 2

WP: Mikayla Wirkus. LP: Laney Pankratz.

SO: Wirkus 12; Pankratz 2. BB: Wirkus 1; Pankratz 1.

Top hitters: E, Wirkus 2x4, 2B; Maycie Yonker 1x4, 2B, 2 RBI. S, Tessa Berg 2x3, run.

Records: Edgar 9-6, 8-2 Marawood Conference South Division; Stratford 7-9, 2-7 Marawood South.

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