WAUSAUKEE — A fast start combined with great pitching led to a decisive 11-1 victory for Wausaukee in its Division 5 regional final game against Goodman/Pembine on Thursday.

The Rangers jumped out with nine runs in the first inning and were guided by a one-run, four-hit pitching performance by Allison Versaskas.

A walk to Madelyn Schlies was followed by a two-run home run by Kaelyn Schlies to start the game for Wausaukee. Kylee Smith and Versaskas each singled and after a strikeout, Avery Bartles roped a base hit to load the bases. An RBI single by Amber Caylor drove in Smith and after a walk to Natalie Grutza brought in another run, Callie Orlando cleared the bases with a double to highlight the inning.

The Patriots cut the deficit to 9-1 in the third on a run-scoring single by Katelyn Nelson, but the Rangers put the game away in the fifth after Madelyn Schlies roped a triple, scored on an RBI single by Kaelyn Schlies, who came around to score on a single by Smith.

Versaskas struck out nine batters while giving up one unearned run to lead Wausaukee to the regional title.

With the victory, the Rangers advance to the sectional semifinals where they play host to Florence on Tuesday.

WP — Allison Versaskas 5IP, 1R, 0ER, 4H, 9K, 1W

LP — Kalen Berger 4 2/3IP, 11R, 11ER, 15H, 5K, 2W

Leading hitters (Wausaukee): Madelyn Schlies 3x3, 3B, 3R; Versaskas 3x3; Kaelyn Schlies 3x4, HR, 4 RBI’s; (Goodman/Pembine): Mason McLain & Sophia Wysocki 1x2

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COLEMAN — A great season came to an end on Thursday. Facing a challenging Shiocton softball team, Coleman’s offense sputtered and the Cougars fell 5-1.

Cassidy Defferding led the Chiefs with a home run and three RBI’s and both Leigha Young and Erica Gassner roped two hits, including a double.

Defferding earned the mound win as well for Shiocton, tossing seven innings while allowing just one run on three hits with seven strikeouts.

Taking the loss for Coleman was Cameron Compe, who gave up five runs on eight hits with two K’s.

WP — Cassidy Defferding 7IP, 1R, 3H, 7K, 6W

LP — Cameron Compe 7IP, 5R, 8H, 2K, 1W

Leading hitters (Shiocton): Deffering HR, 3 RBI’s; Leigha Young & Erica Gassner 2x4, 2B; (Coleman): Kailey Klimek & Meghan Fraser 1x3

BASEBALL

PESHTIGO — Taking command early, Peshtigo plated eight runs in the first three innings en route to a decisive 12-2 victory over Gillett/Suring in its WIAA Division 3 regional opener on Thursday.

Brandon Eick drilled an RBI triple and Brody Heroux roped an RBI single in the first inning to put the Bulldogs on top 2-0.

Three more Peshtigo runs came across in the second inning, led by a two-run single by Nick Nielson and another run-scoring base hit by Eick.

After Gillett/Suring cut the deficit to 5-2 in the third, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the third, led by a double by Nolan Lemke which was followed by a run-scoring sacrifice flyout by Mitch Peters and doubles by Jake Gordon and Darren Dionne.

Peshtigo put the game away with three more runs in the fifth, led by a two-run double by Heroux and finished the game with a base hit in the sixth.

Four Bulldog pitchers took the mound. Nick Nielson started the game and earned the win, tossing two innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball. Dionne allowed two runs in two innings and both Landon Lemke and Heroux tossed one scoreless inning a piece.

Peshtigo, the No. 1 seed, will play host to Northland Pines, the five seed, on Tuesday.

WP — Nick Nielson 2IP, 0R, 1H, 4K, 1W

Leading hitters (Peshtigo:) Jake Gordon 2x3, 3R; Brandon Eick 2x3, 3B; Brody Heroux 2x3, 2B; Zack Wallin 1x3

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COLEMAN — An interesting game early on turned into a blowout in favor of Coleman in its WIAA Division 3 regional opener against Menominee Indian.

Holding a narrow 2-1 lead through the first three innings, the Cougars plated four in the fourth, added two in the fifth before putting the game away with five in the sixth to finish on top 13-3 on Thursday.

Brandon Engels and Nick Teteak each roped three and drove in four runs a piece to lead Coleman.

That was more than enough offense for Seth Seefeldt, who went the distance, allowing just three runs while finishing with eight strikeouts for the Cougars. 

Coleman, the No. 2 seed, advances to the regional semifinals and will play host to No. 3-seeded Bonduel on Tuesday.

WP — Seth Seefeldt 6IP, 3R, 8K

Leading hitters (Coleman): Nick Teteak & Brandon Engels 3H, 4 RBI’s

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