MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic softball team got its bats going in the late innings, but Greenwood/Loyal countered every punch and held on for a 14-11 win in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Monday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.
Greenwood/Loyal led 6-1 after 4½ innings before both teams really heated up.
The Dons scored 10 runs in their final three at-bats, but couldn’t catch up as Greenwood/Loyal countered with five runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh.
Hailey Zimmermann went 5-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBIs, and Alyssa Rueth had two doubles, a homer and five RBIs for the Dons, who are now 5-9 overall and 4-7 in the Cloverbelt East. The Dons finish their regular-season and conference schedule at Owen-Withee on Tuesday.
Kayle Brenner had three hits and four RBIs, and McKenna Schley and Mesa Rasmussen each drove in two runs for the Greenhounds (13-7, 10-2 Cloverbelt East).
Both teams will play WIAA regional semifinals on June 14. Greenwood/Loyal will at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau in a Division 3 matchup, and Columbus Catholic will travel to Port Edwards in a Division 5 contest.
Greenhounds 14, Dons 11
Greenwood/Loyal 104 015 3 - 14 13 2
Columbus Catholic 100 033 4 - 11 17 8
WP: Kaitlyn Lindner. LP: Hailey Zimmermann.
SO: K. Lindner 6; Zimmermann 6. BB: K. Lindner 3; Zimmermann 5.
Top hitters: GL, Aspen Hagen 2 runs; Kayla Bremmer 3x5, 4 RBIs; Gracie North 2 runs; McKenna Schley 2x5, 2 RBIs; Zaida Brock 2B; Anna Lindner 2B, RBI; Emma Slough 2x5, 2 runs, RBI; Mesa Rasmussen 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Danielle Strey 2 runs. CC, Zimmermann 5x5, 2B, HR, 3 runs, 5 RBIs; Alyssa Rueth 3x5, 2 2Bs, HR, 5 RBIs; Rhya Dieringer 2x4, RBI; Cierra Dieringer 2x5, 2 runs; Breanna Duda 2x4; Sam Casperson 2x4, 3 runs.
Records: Greenwood/Loyal 13-7, 10-2 Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Columbus Catholic 5-9, 4-7 Cloverbelt East.