Raider softball finds late offense in playoff win over Nekoosa

The Arcadia Raiders found their scoring touch when they needed it most in their first playoff softball game under coach Taylor Haines, a 9-5 win over Nekoosa last Thursday.

Arcadia (5-15 this season) played to a 3-3 tie with the eighth-seeded Papermakers (4-12) through six innings before the visitors exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh and final inning.

The win sends ninth-seeded Arcadia to the second round for a matchup with top-seeded Baldwin-Woodville (16-4) this Tuesday.

Justine Sonsalla gave the Raiders a 4-3 lead on an RBI single from Brynn Aspen, and Arcadia got four straight runs on errors and walks to build a comfortable lead in the seventh inning last week.

A sacrifice fly from Sonsalla closed the Raiders’ scoring for a 9-3 advantage.

Nekoosa added a pair of runs before Arcadia ended the game.

Jordan Walters led the Raiders with a pair of hits, and Arcadia finished with eight as a team. 

Kaitlyn Bremer hit a triple for the visitors and also pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs while striking out seven batters and walking four others.

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