Wolves repeat as softball champions
Gast hits three home runs in two games
By Greg Seubert
A win over Marion was all the Manawa softball team needed to clinch its third straight Central Wisconsin Conference North Division championship.
The Wolves headed to Marion June 3 and returned home with a 13-7 win over the Mustangs.
The win came two days after Manawa handed Tigerton an 11-4 loss.
Manawa 13, Marion 7
Alaina Gast hit a two-run home run for Manawa and drove in a team-high three runs for Manawa.
Gast, Kennedy Rosin, Meg Westphal, Brystal Beyer and Brooklyn Zielke had two hits for the Wolves, while Rosin and Kelsey Rosin scored twice and Westphal drove in a pair of runs.
Westphal also scattered five hits over 6 2/3 innings and struck out seven batters while getting the win on the mound.
Manawa 11, Tigerton 4
The Wolves and Tigers headed into the game with identical 5-1 records in division play.
Manawa opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Tigers answered with two runs in the third.
The Wolves tied the game in the third and added to their lead with four runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Tigerton came up with runs in the fifth and seventh.
Gast had four of Manawa’s 13 hits and hit a pair of home runs, including a solo shot in the third and a two-run home run in the fourth.
Jessica Velie, Hailee Fenske and Westphal had two hits.
Manawa received a No. 7 seed in Division 4 for the WIAA State Softball Tournament. The Wolves opened tournament play June 9 by hosting No. 10 Crandon. The winner of that game will play at No. 2 Algoma Monday, June 14.