Arcadia softball team drops four in CC play

The Arcadia softball team lost four Coulee Conference games and two nonconference games in a home tournament last week.

The Raiders were close in three of the conference games, but were swept in a doubleheader by Viroqua, 12-11, 4-1, before losing to Black River Falls 12-0 and West Salem 3-2. The team also lost to Blair-Taylor and Elk Mound in a tournament on Saturday (see story elsewhere in Sports).

The losses put Arcadia’s overall record at 1-12 — 1-8 in CC play — before a doubleheader at home against Westby on Tuesday of this week. They’ll head to Altoona on Thursday and La Crosse Aquinas on Friday. This coming Monday, the Raiders play at La Crosse Logan before heading to Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau to close out the regular season next week Tuesday.

Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association regional play is set to begin next Thursday.

Viroqua 12 Arcadia 11

The Raiders had a hard time getting out of the sixth inning then couldn’t quite catch up once they did.

A five-run fourth inning put the Raiders ahead 5-4, but Viroqua broke through with eight runs in the sixth.

Arcadia came back with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and had a chance to tie the game in the seventh. 

Kaitlyn Bremer led off the seventh by reaching on an error. She moved to second on a sacrifice and third on a passed ball, but consecutive strikeouts ended the game.

Arcadia had 11 hits in the game as Courtney Bjorge, Catherine Pehler and Kanah Slaby all went two-for-four. Bjorge and Slaby both had three RBIs. Brynn Aspen, Pehler and Kianna Suchla all had one RBI.

Bjorge took the loss in the circle, pitching into the sixth inning with 14 hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Bremer replaced her, striking out two in 1.1 innings. The Raiders struggled defensively as only four of Viroqua’s runs were earned.

Viroqua 4 Arcadia 1

After scoring 11 runs in the first game, the Raiders managed just one in the second.

Arcadia took an early lead off of an RBI groundout by Bremer in the second. Viroqua scored two in the fourth and two more in the sixth to get the win.

Bremer took the loss, pitching a complete game with seven hits and three walks, while striking out five. 

Arcadia’s offense managed just two hits, one by Pehler and the other by Suchla.

BR Falls 12 Arcadia 0

The Raiders managed just one hit in the game as the Tigers took control in the fourth inning.

The game was scoreless until BRF put up four runs in the fourth. They added four more in the fifth and another four in the sixth to win by the mercy rule. 

Bremer took the loss, allowing 12 hits and two walks while striking out four. The Raiders again struggled defensively as four of the runs were unearned. 

W. Salem 3 Arcadia 2

The game ended with a West Salem run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Arcadia scored the first two runs as Maggie Kujak hit an RBI single in the top of the first inning and Bjorge had one in the fifth.

West Salem tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, with one scoring on an error. After a pop up to start the eighth, the second West Salem batter singled, stole second and scored on a single. 

Bjorge took the loss, allowing six hits while striking out five without a walk. 

Arcadia had seven hits in the game with seven different players getting one.

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