PACELLI SHUTS OUT WILD ROSE 13-0 IN FIVE INNINGS
By Mike Wendlandt
WILD ROSE, WI - In their first game in almost two years, the Pacelli Cardinals scored eleven runs in the final two innings to claim a 13-0 win over Wild Rose in five innings. Sami Miller led the way offensively, driving in three while pitcher Grace Repinski dominated with eight strikeouts, only allowing three hits. For coach Ann Molski, it was a great feeling seeing her team on the diamond again.
“This was our sophomore’s first game as a Pacelli Cardinal. We’re going go one step at a time, and keep going forward after the butterflies and nerves go away,” Molski said after the game.
It took only seven batters for the Cardinals to get on the board with Hannah Trzinski getting the first RBI of the season with a single to drive in Emma Van Order in the second inning. Van Order herself got into the RBI column in the third, lining her second hit in consecutive innings over the third baseman’s head to give the Cardinals a 2-0 edge in a tight game at the time.
Then the floodgates opened for the Cardinal offense, scoring three in the fourth on hits by Briar Armatowski and Miller before plating eight in the fifth to end the game early. It was a team effort with eight of the eleven Cardinals to see the field getting a hit and eight driving in at least one run. That kind of balance is a goal for Coach Molski.
“They have the expectation of what they want to do for themselves, but they also have the expectation of what they can bring to the group collectively. I think we had a really good showing today, getting almost everyone in the game.”
With all that run support, Grace Repinski was able to close it out with a perfect fifth, striking out her eighth and final batter to end it. Repinski threw 50 of her 68 total pitches for strikes in a dominating effort.
The Cardinals play two more games this week, hosting Port Edwards (watch live at zaleskisports.com) on Thursday before traveling to Mosinee on Friday.