Plueger, Derousseau pitch Stix to title
The Tomah Stix U16 softball squad eclipsed double digits three times to score three straight victories en route to capturing the team title in its own tournament at Gerke Field Saturday.
Tomah opened the round-robin tourney with a 13-6 victory over Reedsburg and moved to 2-0 on the day with a 12-0 shutout over Onalaska Luther in the second round.
With two wins already under its belt, all Tomah needed was a third-round win to capture the championship, and the Stix delivered with a 13-5 defeat of Wisconsin Rapids.
Tomah 13, Reedsburg 6
Reis Derousseau, Shay Lyden and Grace Pokela combined to drive in 10 runs and lift Tomah to an easy win in the opener.
Derousseau belted a two-run homer and Pokela added a RBI double to fuel a four-run rally for the Stix in the top of the first.
Reedsburg answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit to 4-3, before Tomah tacked on two more runs in the second when Josie Mathison double and scored on a wild pitch and Lyden followed with a RBI double to extend the Stix advantage to 6-3.
Derousseau had a two-run single, while Pokela, Meghan Perry and Shay Lyden added RBI singles to ignite a six-run outburst that gave Tomah a 12-3 lead after three innings.
Two Reedsburg errors led to another Tomah run in the top of the fourth.
Reedsburg scored three times in the bottom of the frame to cut the Stix lead to 13-6, but Tomah was able to hold on for the win.
Derousseau went 2-for-3 with four RBI, Shay Lyden was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI and Pokela had a double, a single and three RBI to lead Tomah at the plate, while Ivey Lyden added a double and Mathison and Perry each finished with a single for the Stix.
Ella Plueger allowed just four hits and recorded three strikeouts to earn the victory on the mound for Tomah.
Tomah 12, Luther 0
Derousseau gave up just one hit and allowed only two Luther batters to reach base, leading Tomah to a five-inning shutout victory over the Knights in the second round.
Mathison led off the game with a solo shot to give Tomah a 1-0 lead in the first and Pokela doubled and scored on an error to increase the Stix advantage to 2-0 after two innings.
Tomah effectively put the game away in the top of the third, scoring six runs to forge an eight-run cushion.
Derousseau ignited the Stix rally with a lead-off double and Taylor Gular followed with a RBI double, before Perry and Ivey Lyden came through with back-to-back doubles that gave Tomah a 6-0 lead.
Allyssa Whaley tacked on a two-run single to extend the Tomah advantage to 8-0.
Derousseau came through with another lead-off double to fuel a two-run rally for Tomah in the top of the fourth, before Whaley and Derousseau led to two insurance runs in the fifth to give Tomah a 12-0 lead.
Derousseau set Luther down in order in the bottom of the fifth to end the game because of the 10-run rule.
Derousseau went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead Tomah at the plate and Whaley had two singles and two RBI, while Mathison added a home run and Perry finished with a double and two RBI.
In addition, Gular, Pokela and Ivey Lyden had a double apiece for the Stix.
Tomah 13, Wisconsin Rapids 5
Tomah used a five-run rally in the top of the sixth to break open a close game and capture the tourney title with its third straight win of the day.
Two-out singles by Gular and Shay Lyden and back-to-back Rapids errors led to a trio of runs for Tomah in the top of the first.
Rapids answered with a solo run in its half of the first to cut the deficit to 3-1.
After a scoreless second inning, Tomah pushed three more runs across in the top of the third thanks to a two-run double off the bat of Savannah Murphy and a RBI single by Pokela that put the Stix on top 6-1.
Rapids bounced back again, this time with a four-run rally that cut the deficit to 6-5 after three innings of play.
Mathison doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Gular’s sacrifice fly to right to extend the Tomah lead to 7-5 in the top of the fourth.
Pokela doubled, moved to third on Sherwood’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a groundout off the bat of Perry in the top of the fifth, as Tomah increased its advantage to 8-5.
Doubles by Gular, Ivey Lyden and Sherwood and singles by Whaley and Pokela led to a five-run rally in the top of the sixth that put the Stix in the driver’s seat with a 13-5 cushion.
Plueger went the distance on the mound for Tomah, allowing six hits and recording one strikeout to earn her second victory of the tourney.
Pokela was 2-for-3 with a double and Mathison and Gular each had a double and a single to lead Tomah on offense, while Shay Lyden finished with two singles and Murphy and each added a double and two RBI.
In addition, Ivey Lyden had a double, Whalen added a single and Perry drove in a pair of runs.