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    Warrior wrap-up (4-11): Rice Lake softball downed by New Richmond

    2024-04-12

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    Through much of the game the Rice Lake softball team was within striking distance until New Richmond pulled away and won 8-3 in Thursday's Big Rivers matchup in Rice Lake.

    A five-run fifth, including a grand slam, by the Tigers (5-1, 3-1) had put them ahead 8-1. The Warriors (6-3, 2-2) got a solo home run by Emily Kalina and RBI double from Kamryn Kunz in their half of the sixth, but the deficit was too large against New Richmond pitcher Kennedy Joachim. Joachim struck out 14 and didn't issue a walk. She gave up seven hits, with four of those in the final two innings.

    The first inning saw New Richmond score twice on three hits. Kalina scored a first-inning run for the Warriors to get back within one. She singled, and on a successful steal she went to third as the catcher's throw sailed into the outfield. Then during the next at-bat a Tiger error allowed Kalina to score.

    New Richmond tallied one run in the third before breaking the game open in the sixth. Two singles and a hit batter filled the bases with one down. The Tigers got a run-scoring single from Brooklyn Swanepoel and then Bella Baillargeon lifted the ball over the center field fence for a grand slam. That ended the evening for Kunz in the circle as she surrendered 11 hits and eight earned runs. She walked one and struck out two.

    Kalina led the Warriors offense going 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. Madi Rowe had a triple and Kunz a double as Rice Lake had three extra-base hits. Kunz had an RBI and Ava Anderson a run scored.

    Rice Lake is back on the field Tuesday at Eau Claire Memorial.

    Soccer

    Rice Lake 1, Eau Claire North 1

    The Warriors and Huskies played to an even score in Eau Claire.

    Saydee Davis got the Warriors (2-0-4, 0-0-2) on the scoreboard in the first half with an assist from Addison Leaf. Eau Claire North (1-0-2, 1-0-1) tied the game in the second half.

    Warrior goalkeeper Ayla Zuzek made eight saves.

    Rice Lake plays at Hayward on Tuesday.

    Baseball

    Eau Claire North 4, Rice Lake 1

    The Warriors were unable to muster much offense against starting pitcher Aidan Ecker for the Huskies. Ecker gave up one hit in five innings, striking nine and walking one.

    Rice Lake (2-3, 0-2) tallied its lone run in the sixth facing a 4-0 deficit. Three straight singles by Tanner Koltunski, Lucas Roux and Easton Stone loaded the bases against Eau Claire North reliever Kaleb Bruesewitz. Koltunski scored on a ground ball but the Huskies turned a double play for the first two outs and Rice Lake was unable to trim the margin any more.

    Eau Claire North (2-1, 2-0) had scored three of its runs in the second and one in the third. In the second, a pair of singles put two on and then an error allowed the first run to score. The Huskies then had a bunt single to load the bases. A sacrifice fly made it 2-0 and then a run-scoring single by Ben Mettler put the Huskies up by three.

    The Huskies opened the third with Tyler Barrows being hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third after tagging up on a fly ball and scored on a wild pitch.

    Koltunski was 1 for 3 with a run scored, while Stone finished 1 for 2. Roux and Brady Musil also had a hit.

    Rice Lake is back on the diamond Tuesday at Menomonie.

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