STEVENS POINT – The Stevens Point softball team handed Wisconsin Rapids its first loss of the season, doubling up the Raiders 4-2 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference game Thursday at Woyak Field.
Zoe Fink had an RBI single in the first inning and Katelyn Klismith knocked in a run with a single in the second as Stevens Point built a 3-0 lead early.
The teams matched runs in the fourth. Sawyer Holberg led off the top half of the inning with a double for Wisconsin Rapids and later scored on a single by Megan Clary.
SPASH retaliated in the bottom of the inning as O’Neal scored on a sacrifice fly by Klismith.
Stevens Point was able to hold on from there as three pitchers combined on a six-hitter. Fink was credited with the win, striking out two in 3 2/3 innings.
Maddy Miklesh and Klismith each had two hits for the Panthers, who are now 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the WVC.
Rhiannon Carroll took the loss for Wisconsin Rapids (4-1, 1-1 WVC), striking out two and walking two. She also went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Stevens Point plays at D.C. Everest and Wisconsin Rapids will host Holmen on Friday.
Panthers 4, Raiders 2
Wisconsin Rapids 000 110 0 - 2 6 2
Stevens Point 120 100 x - 4 7 0
WP: Zoe Fink. LP: Rhiannon Carroll.
SO: Carroll 2; Maren Sauvaugeau (2 inn.) 3, Fink (3 2/3 inn.) 2, Delilah Abundiz (1 1/3 inn.) 1. BB: Carroll 2; Sauvaugeau 2, Fink 2, Abundiz 2.
Top hitters: WR, Carroll 3x4; Sawyer Holberg 2B, RBI. SP, Katelyn Klismith 2x4, 2 RBI; Maddy Miklesh 2x3; Kyla O’Neal 2 runs.
Records: Wisconsin Rapids 4-1, 1-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Stevens Point 5-1, 1-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.