STRATFORD – A comeback attempt from the Stratford softball team fell a run short as the Tigers fell 5-4 to Wausau Newman Catholic in a Marawood Conference South Division game Tuesday at Hilgemann Field.
Newman Catholic (4-4, 2-3 Marawood South) scored two runs in both of the opening two innings to take a 4-1 lead.
Trailing 5-1, Stratford scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. Maria Schoenfuss delivered an RBI single, a groundout by Bailey Linzmaier plated Tessa Berg, and Schoenfuss scored on an error before Newman Catholic got out of the inning.
Newman pitcher Stevie Samuels tossed a three-up, three-down bottom of the seventh with a pair of strikeouts to finish off the victory.
The two teams will play again Thursday at Sunnyvale Park in Wausau.
Cardinals 5, Tigers 4
Newman Catholic 220 001 0 - 5 7 4
Stratford 100 003 0 - 4 3 1
WP: Stevie Samuels. LP: Ally Zuleger.
SO: Samuels 4; Zuleger 2. BB: Samuels 4; Zuleger 5.
Top hitters: WNC, Samuels 2x4, 3B, RBI; Lily Zemitz 2x4, RBI; Anna Brown 3B; Paige Gold 2 runs, RBI. S, Maria Schoenfuss 1x3, 2 runs, RBI.
Records: Wausau Newman Catholic 4-4, 2-3 Marawood Conference South Division; Stratford 3-10, 0-5 Marawood South.