Fast start keys Resorters’ sectional win

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


RAECHEL GRUNEWALD of Elkhart Lake lays down a bunt for a single in the second inning of Tuesday’s sectional softball game versus Oakfield. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley RAECHEL GRUNEWALD of Elkhart Lake lays down a bunt for a single in the second inning of Tuesday’s sectional softball game versus Oakfield. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley OAKFIELD – A very confi- dent Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah softball team seized a 4-0 lead in the first inning to fuel a 7-2 win over state-ranked Oakfield in the Division 5 sectional semifinals here Tuesday afternoon.

The No. 3-seeded Resorters raised their record to 18-6. The No. 1-seeded Oaks, ranked No. 6 in the latest D-5 poll, finished 19-6. Oakfield is a traditional powerhouse, having won four state titles in the past eight years.

Elkhart’s bats heated up in the top of the first. Sonia Schubert slammed a leadoff triple to the center-field fence. Claire Feldmann followed with a towering blast over the center-field fence for a two-run homer and a 2-0 Elkhart lead.

One out later, Ciarra Hassinger lashed a single. Hassinger took second on Holly Zorn’s sacrifice bunt and later scored on Hannah Donhauser’s single. Donhauser took second when her hit got by the right fielder for an error. Mandy McLaughlin followed with a line-drive single which drove in Donhauser for the fourth run.


SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake drills a single in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s sectional softball game versus Oakfield. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake drills a single in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s sectional softball game versus Oakfield. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Elkhart went up 5-0 in the second when Feldmann, who had singled earlier, scored on an infield error.

The Oaks cut the deficit to 5-2 with two runs in the fourth. Alexia Flury knocked in the first run with a double. The other run scored on a dropped pop fly in the infield.

The Resorters tallied single runs in the sixth and seventh to build a 7-2 lead. In the sixth, Raechel Grunewald delivered an RBI single. In the seventh, Maddie Schneider came through with a line-shot single for an RBI.

Elkhart pounded out 13 hits, led by Schubert’s four. Feldmann, Grunewald and Donhauser added two each. Feldmann had a team-high two RBIs.

Zorn twirled a three-hitter as she earned the victory. The senior right-hander allowed one earned run and five walks to go with one strikeout.

“Our confidence [in hitting] was pretty high. We knew we could do it,” said Feldmann, a senior center fielder.

“Our first two hits set the tone and that carried over to the rest of the team,” said Schubert, a senior shortstop.

“We were all focused. It was a very huge team effort.”

“The two seniors [Feldmann and Schubert] set the tone and came out firing right away,” said Resorter head coach Brian Feldmann.

“To come out like that [in the first inning with four runs] was incredible. The kids were fired up. We had a great week of practice.

“We’re clicking real well. We just have to keep hitting the ball,” said coach Feldmann.

The coach was very pleased with Zorn’s pitching performance.

“Holly had her drop ball working tonight. The wind was in our favor [for Zorn’s pitches] and it was pushing it [ball] down,” he said.

“She does move it around well and she hits her spots. They’re a good hitting team and we had to keep mixing it up on them. Our defense was solid.”

“Holly is an amazing pitcher. She knows what she has to do and she does it,” said Claire Feldmann.

The losing hurler was Mikayla Newton who went the distance and surrendered six earned runs and two walks while striking out fi ve.

Oakfield had no batters with multiple hits.

Elkhart was scheduled to play Wausaukee in the sectional finals June 1 at New Holstein with a state berth on the line.


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