Tiger softball team finishes second in HON
The Northwestern High School softball team wrapped up its regular season with a 15-5 win Thursday evening at Ladysmith.
The Tigers improved to 14-5 overall and finish in second place in the Heart O’ North Conference at 12-2.
Bloomer (16-2) is on top of the HON at 13-1.
The Tigers are the No. 2 seed for the WIAA Division 3 playoffs and will host the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 7 Barron and No. 10 Webster/Siren on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s winner will play again Friday, May 25 against either No. 3 Cumberland and No. 6 Ladysmith.
Tigers pitcher Jessica Shaver struck out 13 while allowing seven hits and five runs — three earned — in a complete-game victory.
Tory Anderson led Northwestern’s offense by going 3-for-5 with a triple, double and three RBIs.
Also for the Tigers, Karsyn Jones was 3-for-4 with RBIs and Tayva Plasch tripled, singled twice and had one RBI. Sydnee Burns was also 3-for-4 and Madysin Rossman and Brecken Oswskey had RBI singles.
Jennifer Rudesill suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (two earned) on four hits in 2.2 innings. She also walked four and struck out one.
On offense for the Lumberjacks, Kezleight Vacho was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Taylor Nelson had two hits and an RBI.
Northwestern 332 300 4 — 15 14 2
Ladysmith 102 200 0 — 5 7 5
The Tigers went 2-2 last week, losing to Webster Monday, beating Barron Tuesday and splitting a doubleheader with Cumberland Thursday.
Jake Brill had Northwestern’s only hit against Webster, which won 11-0.
“Webster threw two Division I commits in Jack Washburn (Oregon State) and Rosenbaum (West Virginia), and we didn’t exactly hit them,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said.
Trevor Gustafson, also pitched two innings for Webster and three combined to strike out 10 and walk two.
Carson Holsclaw and Nolan Gustafson pitched for Northwestern.
The Tigers scored nine runs in the second inning and five more in the fourth in a 17-2 win at Barron on Tuesday.
Northwestern had 15 hits, including three from Dylan Ronchi and two apiece from Holsclaw, David Wakefield, Garvase Thompson, Dayne Evanson and Nolan Gustafson.
Evanson also had four RBIs and Wakefield had three.
Justin Sedin didn’t allow an earned run in his complete-game victory in the opener against Cumberland.
Sedin also helped his own cause on offense with a double, two singles and one RBI.
Holsclaw also knocked in four runs with a double and single; Gustafson added two hits; Brill had a hit and two RBIs; and Thompson and Ronchi both singled.
The Beavers won game two 12-5. Holsclaw had three of Northwestern’s 11 hits. Thompson also had two hits and Brill, Wakefield, Timmy Hissa, Evanson, Hayden Dupree and Ronchi had a hit each.
Northwestern, which was scheduled to play a doubleheader with Ladysmith Saturday, hosts Grantsburg in a non-conference game today before hosting Spooner in a WIAA Division 3 playoff game Thursday. Both games begin at 5 p.m.