Powerful Oaks beat EL-G in regional finals

OAKFIELD – Perennial softball power Oakfield banged out 18 hits to key a 10-3 win over the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters in the Division 5 regional finals here Friday afternoon.

The Oaks, ranked No. 6 in the Wisconsin Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association, improved their record to 21-4. The Resorters, who defeated Oakfield in a D-5 sectional semifinal last year, ended their season at 10-8.

Oakfield advanced to the sectional semifinals where they downed Catholic Central (Burlington), 5-4, Tuesday, May 29.

Elkhart grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Ciarra Hassinger cracked a leadoff single and scored when Maddie Schneider followed with a double. Aryka Klemme then doubled in Schneider.

The Oaks answered with six unanswered runs over the next four innings to build a 6-2 lead.

The Resorters tallied a run in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Schneider and Klemme to start the frame which made it 6-3.

Oakfield broke the game open with a three spot in the bottom of the fifth to go up 9-3. Aryn Uttendorfer and Avery Conger had an RBI single each and Alexia Flury hit a sacrifice fly which accounted for the three runs.

“We got off to a good start – scoring two runs in the first – which was crucial,” said Resorter head coach Brian Feldmann.

“We hit the ball well but a lot of them were right at them. Oakfield is so good hitting and fielding.”

The Resorters collected nine hits but missed some scoring chances as they stranded seven runners on base. Hassinger, Schneider and Klemme led the Elkhart attack with two hits each. Klemme had a team-high two RBIs.

Schneider paced her team in runs with two.

“I felt we were never out of the game. We were making contact. The girls kept battling,” said Feldmann.

Feldmann thought senior Megan Waage pitched well. Waage went the distance and allowed seven earned runs and only one walk to go with zero strikeouts. The coach said his defense showed improvement in this game.

Oakfield had seven batters with at least two hits, led by Mya Lamonska and Meghan Laning with three each. Brianna Sabel and Lamonska had a team-best two RBIs each. Lamonska belted a leadoff home run in the third.

The winning pitcher was Conger who surrendered three earned runs and no walks while striking out four en route to a complete game.

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