Norse softball team tops Cardinals after three losses

It was a tough start to the week for Whitehall, but the softball team ended with a bang.

The Norse suffered consecutive mercy-rule losses to Independence/Gilmanton on Wednesday — the first of which was the conclusion of a game started on April 27 (see story elsewhere in Sports). They were close on Thursday, but Pepin/Alma had a big inning late to take an 8-2 win. On Friday, however, an eight-game losing streak was snapped as the Norse raked 21 hits in a 21-8 win over Eleva-Strum.

The win put Whitehall at 3-14 on the season before finishing the regular season with a game against Augusta on Monday. Whitehall is the ninth seed in their Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association regional bracket and played at (8) Durand on Wednesday. The winner of that game will play at Blair-Taylor this coming Monday.

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The game was close until the Eagles put up five runs in the top of the sixth.

Scoreless through three innings, P/A got on the board with a run in the fourth. After another scoreless inning, they put up five in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead.

The Norse came back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but the Eagles got both of those back in the top of the seventh.

Ashlyn Clatt had two of Whitehall’s five hits and both RBIs.

Aubrea Smieja took the loss, striking out seven while allowing nine hits and two walks.

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It was all Whitehall as the Norse led 21-3 at one point and came away with the mercy rule win.

The Norse took the lead with two runs in the second inning then added four in the third. After the Cardinals came back with one in the bottom of the third, Whitehall scored four in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 12-1 lead.

The Cardinals kept the game going with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, cutting the deficit to nine therefore delaying the mercy-rule loss. The Norse responded with a nine-run sixth inning to take a 21-3 lead.

E-S took advantage of defensive mistakes to score five in the bottom of the sixth, but the Norse still won comfortably by the 10-run mercy rule after six innings.

Ashlyn Clatt and McKenna Pientok both had four hits for Whitehall, while Brenna Clatt added three and all three had four RBIs.

Smieja got the win for the Norse, striking out five in six innings of work.

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