Stix softball squad bows out early in season finale

The Tomah Stix U16 squad opened with a lopsided victory, but struggled with back-to-back losses that lead to an early exit in a summer fastpitch softball tournament at Arkdale over the weekend.
Tomah brought the big bats in the pool play opener Friday night, hammering 17 hits – including five for extra bases – on its way to a 15-1 victory over the Wautoma Sting.
The Stix, one week removed from a an ASA Class C championship, played solid ball in its next two games, but suffered one-run losses in both.
Tomah fell 4-3 to the La Crosse U18 River City Rage team in the second round and bowed out of the tourney after a 6-5 loss to 906 out of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Tomah 15, Wautoma 1
Abby Sherwood drove in four runs with a double and a single to lead Tomah to an easy victory over Wautoma in the tourney opener.
The Stix jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Josie Mathison and Reis Derousseau led off the inning with back-to-back doubles to account for Tomah’s first run and Savannah Murphy drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to give the Stix a two-run cushion.
After a scoreless second inning, Tomah rallied to score five times in the top of the third.
Derousseau belted her second double of the game to ignite the Stix outburst, while Ivey Lyden singled and Meghan Perry was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Tomah.
Derousseau scored when Murphy drew a walk and Sherwood followed with a two-run single to put Tomah on top 5-0.
Murphy scored on a single off the bat of Allysa Whaley and Sherwood scored on a sacrifice fly by Mathison to 7-0.
Wautoma scored its only run in the bottom of the third, before Tomah answered with an eight-run rally in the top of the fourth to seal the win.
Gular opened the inning with a double and stole third base and Ivey Lyden walked and stole second to put a pair of Stix runners in scoring position.
Murphy drove Gular home with a single, Sherwood followed with a two-run double to plate Lyden and Murphy and Whaley came through with a RBI single to score Sherwood and extend the Tomah lead to 11-1.
Journey Smith singled one out later and Derousseau drew a walk to load the bases, before a walk to Shay Lyden sent Whaley home and a single by Ivey Lyden scored Smith and Derousseau.
Ivey Lyden advanced to second on the play and scored on a RBI single off the bat of Perry to put Tomah on top 15-1.
Wautoma went scoreless in its half of the frame and the game ended after four innings of play.
Sherwood went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI, Derousseau had a pair of doubles and Whaley finished with three singles and two RBI in three at-bats to lead Tomah at the plate, while Murphy, Ella Plueger and Ivey Lyden had two hits apiece and Mathison and Gular each added a double.
In addition, Perry and Smith finished with a single apiece.
River City 4, Tomah 3
A solo run in the top of the seventh broke a 3-3 deadlock and gave the Rage a one-run victory in a the second round of pool play Saturday morning.
After two scoreless innings, River City scored a solo run in the top of the third to open up an early 1-0 lead.
Tomah answered in its half of the inning, scoring a pair of runs to take its first lead of the game at 2-1.
Smith singled and stole second to fuel the Stix rally and Mathison followed with a RBI single to knot the score at 1-1.
Derousseau was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second and both Stix moved into scoring position when Gular grounded out to second, before Mathison scored when Ivey Lyden reached on a Rage error.
River City wasted little time regaining the lead, as the Rage scored twice in the top of the fourth to pull in front 3-2.
Tomah forced another tie in the bottom of the sixth, when Ivey Lyden belted a lead-off double and scored on Perry’s RBI single to center to knot the score at 3-3.
The Rage answered again, this time with a solo run in the top of the seventh to regain the lead at 4-3.
Tomah put a runner on second with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a strikeout ended the threat and gave River City the narrow victory.
Sherwood and Smith both went 2-for-3 to lead Tomah at the plate, while Ivey Lyden finished with a double and Mathison, Perry and Shay Lyden added a single apiece.
906 6, Tomah 5
A three-run rally in the fourth erased a two-run Tomah lead and lifted 906 to a one-run victory in the third round of pool play Sunday morning.
906 jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and a solo run in the second.
Tomah’s answered in the top of the third, scoring five runs with two outs to take a 5-3 lead.
Smith came through with a two-out single to ignite the Stix outburst and Mathison followed with a RBI double to drive in Tomah’s first run of the game.
Derousseau singled to score Mathison and advanced to second on the play and Gular followed with a RBI single to knot the score at 3-3.
Ivey Lyden singled and Perry drew a walk to load the bases and set the stage for Shay Lyden, who belted a two-run single to give the Stix a 5-3 advantage.
After holding Tomah in check in the top of the fourth, 906 rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the frame to escape with a one-run win.
Derousseau was 2-for-3 with a double and Smith and Shay Lyden were both 2-for-2 to lead Tomah at the plate, while Mathison added a double and Gular, Sherwood, Perry, Plueger and Ivey Lyden each finished with a single.

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