The Bloomer Blackhawks softball team to regional games last week Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May23. On Tuesday Bloomer beat Barron 10–0 in five innings. Then on Thursday the girls defeated Spooner 8–2 in six and one half innings.
On Tuesday, Calley Olson pitched a no hitter against Barron striking out 13 batters and walking one. After walking the first Barron Bears batter she faced, Olson struck out the next three to end the top of the first inning.
Leading off for the Blackhawks batting Sammy Buchholtz was hit by a pitch. The next batter bunted into a ground out. With Rilee Luzinski at the plate, Buchholtz advanced to second on a wild pitch before Luzinski doubled on a line drive to left field and advanced to third on the throw while Buchholtz scored to put the Hawks on the board with one run. Next up Olson doubles on a fly ball to left field and Luzinski scores. Batting fifth, Isabella Jenneman hit a fly ball and reached on an error. Olson stayed at second. Emily Kuehl then took a walk to load the bases and set the stage for a sacrifice fly by Annabelle Wittrock to score Olson. The next batter flew out and the inning ended with Bloomer leading 3–0.
Olson struck out the next three Barron batters and the Blackhawks were back at the plate. Ashley Poirier took a walk to first and then stole second after Buccholtz let the first ball go by. Buccholtz then singled and A. Poirier went to third. The next batter struck out but not before Buccholtz stole second. Luzinski then hit a sacrifice fly, Poirier scored to make it 4–0, and Buccholtz went to third where she stayed when the next batter popped out.
Barron again went down one-two-three with a strike out, pop out and ground out.
Bloomer again scored three runs in the bottom of the third. Shantelle Ruf walked with Jenneman on second and Wittrock on first to load the bases. Then A. Poirier was hit by a pitch and Jenneman scored. Buccholtz then singled and Wittrock and Ruf went home to make it 7–0 where it stayed when the inning ended.
Olson quickly struck out the next three Barron batters to bring up the bottom of the fourth.
Leading off in the fourth inning, Olson was hit by a pitch and then stole second. She scored on a single by Kuehl for the only run of the inning.
Olson again struck out the first three Barron batters in the top of the fifth.
A. Poirier took a walk to start things off for the Blackhawks in the fifth inning. Buccholtz also walked and Kenadi Poirier singled to load the bases. With Luzinski at the plate, A. Poirier came home on a wild pitch and Buccholtz went to third and K. Poirier to second on the same pitch. Luzinski then grounded out to Barron’s shortstop and Buccholtz came home to give Bloomer the win 10–1.
At the plate on Tuesday, Buchholtz went 2x2 with two runs, two RBIs, a double, a sacrifice fly, a stolen base, was hit by a pitch and walked; K. Poirier 1x4; Luzinski 1x3 with a run, three RBIs, and a double, Olson 1x2 with two runs, an RBI, a double, a stolen base and hit by a pitch; Jenneman 1x3 with a run; Kuehl 1x2 with an RBI and a walk; Wittrock 0x1 with a run, an RBI and hit by a pitch; Ruf 0x2 with a run and a walk; and A. Poirier 0x0 with two runs, an RBI, a stolen base, hit by a pitch and two walks.
On Thursday, the Blackhawks started the game off by scoring seven runs in the first three innings and holding the Spooner Rails scoreless for the first six innings, giving up only two runs in top of the seventh.
Kuehl pitched all seven innings for Bloomer, striking out 13 batters and allowing only three hits and two runs.
In the first inning on Thursday, Buchholtz walked, then stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by K. Poirier and scored on a single by Luzinski. After Luzinski advanced to second on an error, Jenneman sent her home with a single to make it 2–0.
In the top of the second inning the first Spooner batter reached on a single but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice when the next batter grounded to the Olson at short stop who threw to K. Poirier at second base. Kuehl then struck out the next two batters to bring up the bottom of the second.
Bloomer only scored one run in the second when Wittrock reached on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ruf and stole third before Buchholtz doubled to bring her home.
After Spooner went down one-two-three in the top of the third, a single by Luzinski got things started for a four run inning for the Blackhawks. Olson then flew out but not before Luzinski stole second. Jenneman then hit a single and advanced to second on the throw while Luzinski scored. Kuehl then singled and Jenneman advanced to third. A sacrifice fly by Wittrock scored Jenneman and advanced Kuehl to second. Kylee Sedlacek came in as a courtesy runner for Kuehl. Ruf singled and Sedlacek advanced to third. With A. Poirier at the plate, Sedlacek came home on an error by the Spooner catcher and Ruf advanced to second and third on the same error. Ruf then scored on another error by the catcher. Poirier flew out and the inning ended with Bloomer leading the Rails 7–0.
Both teams came up empty in the fourth, Bloomer scored another run in the fifth when Jenneman hit a double, advanced to third on a ground out by Kuel and came home on a wild pitch.
After another scoreless inning Spooner came up with a couple of runs with two outs in the top of the seventh before Kuehl struck out the last batter to give the Blackhawks the Regional Championship.
Highlights at the plate on Thursday for Bloomer were Jenneman who went 3x3 with two runs, two RBIs and a double; Luzinski went 2x4 with two runs, and an RBI; Buchholtz 1x3 with a run, an RBI, a double, a stolen base and a walk; K. Poirier 1x3 with a double and a sacrifice; Wittrock 0x2 with a run, an RBI, a sacrifice fly and a stolen base; and Ruf 1x2 with a run and a sacrifice.
Bloomer (19-6 13-1) was scheduled to play Northwestern in Bloomer on Tuesday, May 28 in the first game of softball sectional action for the Blackhawks. If they beat the Tigers they will take on the winner of Stanley-Boyd and Prescott on Thursday, May 30 for the Sectional Championship. The state tournament is slated for Thursday, June 6, through Saturday, June 8.
Bloomer 10, Barron 0
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Barron..........000 00X X – 0 0 2
Bloomer.......313 12X X – 10 7 0
WP: Calley Olson (5IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 13K)
Hitting: Sammy Buchholtz 2x2 (2 Runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2 TBs, HBP, SB), Kenadi Poirer 1x4 (K, TB), Rilee Luzinski 1x3 (Run, 3 RBIs, 2B, 2 TBs, SF), Calley Olson 1x2 (2 Runs, RBI, 2B, 2 TBs, HBP, SB), Isabella Jenneman 1x3 (Run, TB), Emily Kuehl 1x2 (RBI, BB, TB), Annebelle Wittrock 0x1 (Run, RBI, SF, HBP), Shantelle Ruf 0x2 (Run, BB), Ashley Poirer 0x0 (2 Runs, RBI, 2 BBs, HBP, SB).
Bloomer 8, Spooner 2
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Spooner..........000 000 2 – 2 3 5
Bloomer.........214 010 X – 8 9 3
WP: Emily Kuehl (7IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 13K)
Hitting: Sammy Buchholtz 1x3 (Run, RBI, BB, 2B, 2 TBs, SB), Kenadi Poirer 1x3 (2B, 2 TBs, Sac), Rilee Luzinski 2x4 (2 Runs, RBI, 2 TBs), Calley Olson 0x3 (2K), Isabella Jenneman 3x3 (2 Runs, 2 RBIs, 2B, 4 TBs), Emily Kuehl 1x3 (TB), Annebelle Wittrock 0x2 (Run, RBI, SF, SB), Shantelle Ruf 1x2 (Run, K, TB, Sac), Ashley Poirer 0x3 (2K), CR: Kylee Sedlacek 0x0 (Run).
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