Comets open season with three wins
Waupaca softball team tops Weyauwega-Fremont
By Greg Seubert
Scoring runs can be a problem for softball teams, especially early in the season.
That hasn’t been the case for the Waupaca Comets, however, as they opened the season with three straight wins.
Waupaca headed to Rhinelander High School’s Hodag Dome March 25 and returned home with a 6-5 eight-inning win over Shawano and a 25-13 five-inning win over Marathon. The Comets also handed Weyauwega-Fremont a 7-2 loss March 24.
Waupaca 5, Shawano 5 (8 inn.)
The Comets came up with a run in the eighth inning to get the win over the Hawks.
Maci Tripp had three of Waupaca’s hits; Rachel Thobaben put the Comets on the board with a home run in the first inning; and Josie Peterson went the distance to get the win on the mound.
Waupaca 25, Marathon 13 (5 inn.)
Waupaca gave up 13 runs to the Red Raiders, but was able to score 25.
Ava Degen walked four times and scored a team-high five runs; Thobaben had three hits and drove in a team-high four runs; Macie Studzinski had two hits and added three RBIs; Tripp had three hits, scored four runs and stole a pair of bases; Brooke Peterson had two hits and scored three runs; and Cecelia Harms had two hits and a sacrifice bunt.
Waupaca 7, W-F 2
The Comets took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings, but the Warhawks tied the game with runs in the third and fourth frames.
Waupaca broke the 2-2 tie with a three-run fifth inning before adding runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Degen had two hits for Waupaca, including a double; Josie Peterson scored three runs; and Emmalee Schmid stole two bases.
Josie Peterson went the distance on the mound and allowed four hits to pick up the win for the Comets, while Anna Meyer took the loss for the Warhawks.
Waupaca was scheduled to host New London March 29 and will open its North Eastern Conference schedule at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Fox Valley Lutheran in Appleton.