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Lady Wolverines’ Season Ends In Semi Final

By Staff | Jul 16, 2009

ALMOST?GOT?HER - WBM?First baseman Nicole Gearhart puts down a tag on throwdown at first during action in Monday’s Class 1A Regional Semi-final game with Newell-Fonda. The Lady Wolverines would come up short in a 17-4 loss to the Mustangs to end their season with a 21-6 mark overall. -- Dan Voigt photo

HUMBOLDT – The dream season of the West Bend-Mallard Lady Wolverines came to a close Monday night in a tough 17-4 loss to Newell-Fonda in a Class 1A Regional Semi Final tournament matchup. For the Lady Wolverines, the season ended with a 21-6 mark and plenty of promise for next year, as just two seniors depart the squad.

After retiring Newell-Fonda in order in the first, the Lady Wolverines led off with Michaela Grimm apparently being put out, only to have the base umpire call the Mustang pitcher on four consecutive illegal pitches, which prompted the Newell-Fonda coach to remove the pitcher from the game.

Grimm got on base off a walk, and stole her way to second before coming home off a single by Kayla Hartman. Hartman would plate a run on a single by Wendy Grimm after Missy Abrahamson was walked and Jessica Abrahamson got on off a fielders’ choice, but Jessica and Wendy were stranded when the inning ended.

Newell-Fonda would tie the game up in the top of the second, using an error and two hits, including a triple to accomplish the feat. The Lady Wolverines would get a hit in their half of the inning from Nicole Gearhart and a walk from Brittany Gambell, but left the pair waiting when the inning ended.

The Mustangs had a big third inning, getting four runs across the plate off a triple, double and single, along with two errors to take a 6-2 lead. In the meantime, West Bend-Mallard was retired in order to end the third inning.

Newell-Fonda got a single in the top of the fourth but no more as West Bend-Mallard settled in to bat. After a put out of Mckenzie Banwart to lead off, Gearhart rapped out a base hit and Gambell got on off a fielders’ choice play. Michaela Grimm hit a fly ball for the second out, but a single by Carrie Hefty loaded the bases and a base rap by Kayla Hartman brought Gearhart over the plate for a run before the Lady Wolverines were retired.

In the top of the fifth, Newell-Fonda led off with a solo home run to edge out to a 7-3 advantage. But, West Bend-Mallard came back in the bottom of the fifth to lead off with a leadoff triple by Wendy Grimm. A base hit by Jessica Abrahamson would score Grimm’s run to make the score 7-4.

Newell-Fonda added two runs in the top of the sixth, using a single and double, along with a walk and batter hit by a pitch to improve their lead to 9-4.

The Lady Wolverines tried to answer, getting a single from Hartman with two outs, but the senior was left waiting when the inning ended.

In the top of the seventh, the stars aligned for the Mustangs, as they scored eight runs off five singles, a double and two errors and a walk.

Now trailing 17-4, the Lady Wolverines got a double from Jessica Abrahamson with one out, but the right fielders was left waiting when Mckenzie Banwart and Gearhart were struck out to end the game and the Lady Wolverines’ season.

Michaela Grimm would be charged with the loss, as she gave up 17 runs, 14 earned, off 15 hits, with three strikeouts and two walks in seven innings of work, facing 45 Mustang batters in the contest.

For West Bend-Mallard, Wendy Grimm had a triple, while Jessica Abrahamson had a double and a single. Kayla Hartman had three hits, while Nicole Gearhart added two hits and Carrie Hefty came away with a single.

The Lady Wolverines will bid farewell to seniors Michaela Grimm and Kayla Hartman.