2018 Varsity Softball – Est. 1988 – 31 Years

//2018 Varsity Softball – Est. 1988 – 31 Years

2018 Varsity Softball – Est. 1988 – 31 Years

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2018 Varsity Softball Roster
No.  Name / YearPosition
1 Katlyn McEssey    11OF
2 Megan Elford        12DH / OF
3 Brianna Biermann   10OF / 2B
4Jessica Pentland     122B / DH
5 Kellie Hierl              111B / SS
6Hannah Joslin         11C / OF
7Kalista Smit             11P / 3B
8Katlyn Hendricks    12INF / OF
10Morgan Flaherty      9P / 1B
11Abby Freismuth      10P / SS / 3B
12Jacy Klaske                12OF
14Nyah Odekirk          102B / OF / SS
15Lexi Nett                   10C / DH
Head Coach:        Adam Rushing
Assistant Coach:       Ed Schreiber
2018 Girls Softball Schedule
     2 – 1    1 – 0Away vs. Oshkosh West
     1 – 6    1 – 1Away vs. Oshkosh North
       1 – 2    1 – 2(H)    Hortonville    
      7 – 4     2 – 2Away vs. Neenah
     2 – 6    2 – 3(H)   Appleton North    
      14 – 4     3 – 3Away vs. Appleton West
      7 – 1    4 – 3   (H)   Kimberly
      1 – 3   4 – 4Away vs. Appleton East
     5 – 12      4 – 5(H)   Kaukauna
      2 – 12   4 – 6Oshkosh West
     2 – 24   4 – 7Oshkosh North
      6 – 12  4 – 8Away vs. Hortonville
    6 – 18    4 – 9Away vs. Appleton North
     5 – 2    5 – 9Appleton West
     3 – 10    5 – 10Away vs. Kimberly
Game4:30PMAppleton EastFond Du Lac High School
HS SB East
   0 – 10    5 – 11Away vs. Kaukauna
Monday, May 21, 2018
Game4:30PMAway vs. CedarburgCedarburg High School
Senior Day

  9 – 5                                      WIAA Regional   vs   Oconomowoc

 5 -3                                       WIAA Regional Championship vs Oshkosh North

3 – 7                                      WIAA Sectional  vs Oshkosh West

Oshkosh West pulls away from pesky Fond du Lac to win sectional semifinal softball game

OSHKOSH – It just felt like whenever the Oshkosh West softball team needed a big hit, somebody found a way to get one. Lacey Cruz broke a 3-3 tie with a clutch two-run single in the fifth and Brianna Davis drove in a pair of insurance runs with a two-out single in the sixth as the Wildcats fended off a pesky Fond du Lac squad, 7-3, in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal on Tuesday afternoon.

West, the fourth seed in the sectional can earn a trip to the WIAA State Tournament on Thursday when it faces second-seeded Slinger at Watertown at 5 p.m. Slinger knocked off Beaver Dam, 6-1, on Tuesday.

West, which last made it to state in 2013, earned the trip to the sectional final by knocking off a Fond du Lac team that beat the Wildcats late in the season and reached Tuesday’s game by surprising top-ranked Oshkosh North last week.

But the Cardinals couldn’t keep the magical run going. Fond du Lac scored first in the game and tied the game at 3 in the top of the fifth but was unable to keep West off the scoreboard in the late innings. “They got timely hits and they outhit us there at the end,” Fond du Lac coach Adam Rushing said. “We battled back and forth. It was a great game and fortunate for them they got the hits when they needed them.”

With the score tied at 3, Leah Engstrom and Alyssa Brewer led off the bottom of the fifth for West with singles and then were advanced to second and third on Davis’ sacrifice bunt. Cruz then followed with a clean single to plate both the runners and put the Wildcats ahead to stay. West then all but sealed the win in the next inning when Davis – who finished 2-for-3 and also drove in two runs with a single in the third inning – drove in two more runs to push the Wildcats’ cushion to four. The single came after Fond du Lac intentionally walked Brewer to load the bases, which gave the freshman added motivation to come through.

West’s Annika Johnson, who hadn’t pitched since early May because of an injury, then retired Fond du Lac in order in the seventh to end the game, striking out two of the three batters she faced.

Cruz was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats, striking out eight in six innings of work.She surrendered just six hits in the game and kept Fond du Lac from putting together any big innings. Cruz retired Fond du Lac in order in the top of the first, but gave up a lead-off double to Kali Smit in the second inning. Lexi Nett followed with a sacrifice bunt but an errant throw from Cruz allowed Smit to score from second with the game’s first run.

An RBI-single from Brianna Geis in the bottom of the second tied the game, but Fond du Lac moved back ahead in the third when Smit – who was 3-for-3 in the game drilled a clutch two-out single to score Jacy Klaske.

Davis’ two-run single in the fourth gave West its first lead of the game, but Fond du Lac came back in the top of the fifth when Abby Freismuth scored on the back end of a double steal with two outs.

Smit was the only player with multiple hits for Fond du Lac, but will be one of a large group of players returning next year for the Cardinals, who were making their first sectional tournament appearance since 1996.

Fond du Lac had only four seniors on its roster this year and the late-season experience the group picked up should be a benefit in the future.

“I think the couple of wins we had at the end against really good teams is going to give our sophomores and juniors the confidence they need,” Rushing said. “The experience and exposure against three very good teams, I think that will be big for them because I’m not sure we expected to be here.”

Fond du Lac 011 010 0 – 3 6 1

Oshkosh West 012 022 – 7 8 1

WP: Lacey Cruz (6 IP, 8 Ks). LP: Abby Freismuth (6 IP, 1 K).

Leading hitters: FON – Kali Smit 3×3, 2B, RBI. OW – Leah Engstrom 2×4; Alyssa Brewer 2×2; Brianna Davis 2×4, 4 RBI; Brianna Geis RBI.

Abby Freismuth helps fuel Fond du Lac’s upset win over Oshkosh North

Performer of the week

Abby Freismuth, Fond du Lac softball was the winning pitcher in three games last week, including the Cardinals’ upset of top-ranked Oshkosh North in a WIAA Division 1 regional final. She scattered eight hits and struck out six against the Spartans while driving in Fond du Lac’s first run with a well-placed bunt. She also went 2-for-2 with an RBI in a regional win over Oconomowoc and was 2-for-3 with a pair of triples in a victory over Neenah.

Fond du Lac stuns top-ranked Oshkosh North to win WIAA regional title

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Fond du Lac stuns top-ranked Oshkosh North to win WIAA regional title

OSHKOSH – It had all the makings of a storybook comeback until Abby Freismuth and the Fond du Lac Cardinals had a plot twist of their own.

Freismuth struck out Oshkosh North’s Noelle Frank with the tying runs on base for the final out and the Cardinals – who had lost to the Spartans by 22 runs earlier this month – upset the top-ranked team in Division 1, 5-3, in a WIAA Division 1 regional final on Tuesday.

The stunning loss ended the two-time Fox Valley Association champion’s season, while vaulting the eighth-seeded Cardinals into the sectional level for the first time in more than 17 years. Fond du Lac will travel to face fourth-seeded Oshkosh West on Tuesday.

“It’s outstanding. It’s something I never thought would happen but I guess we’re here and it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Freismuth said. “It’s always been our goal to beat Oshkosh North, they have been on top, and here we are now.”

Freismuth scattered eight hits and four walks in seven innings, while striking out six – including all three outs in the final frame. And those final outs came with Oshkosh North mounting the pressure.

Trailing by four runs entering the final inning, Mathena Higgins and Brooke Ellestad smacked back-to-back singles off Freismuth to open the frame. The hurler then fanned Syd Supple for the first out and struck out Sophie Averkamp for out No. 2 after Libby Neveau had walked to load the bases.

“I give our kids credit, they didn’t quit. They kept grinding all the way through. They definitely worked until the very end,” Oshkosh North coach Cindy Suess said. “It was too little, too late basically.”

Shea Thull, who went 3-for-3, delivered a two-run single to narrow Fond du Lac’s lead to two and put the tying runs on base but Freismuth registered the final out to ignite a Fond du Lac celebration.

“I went out there (in the seventh) and told them to relax, let’s get one out at a time. Just make the play and they got it done,” Fond du Lac head coach Adam Rushing said. “This feels good. These girls work very, very hard. I’m proud of them and hopefully we can keep going.”

Freismuth also plated the Cardinals’ first run of the game when her squeeze bunt brought home Megan Elford, who had smashed a one-out triple in the third inning.

But the turning point of the contest came a few innings later.

The Spartans had runners at second and third with one out and then loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth inning but failed to score. The Cardinals then answered with a four-run outburst in the top of the sixth to take a 5-0 advantage.

“That was huge,” Rushing said. “Anybody knows who has played this team, they can hit the ball very well. One wasn’t enough.”

Kellie Hierl started the inning with a single before the next three Cardinal hitters reached on misplayed sacrifice bunts and a hit batter. A passed ball in that sequence of hitters also helped Fond du Lac plate two runs.

With runners at second and third, Supple would get the first out of the inning, but Nyah Odekirk followed with a line-drive single to left field to plate two more runs.

“It felt great. I was just thinking hit the ball and that’s what happened,” Odekirk said. “We pulled it together and we played our best.”

Thull, the lone senior on the Spartans’ roster, led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to center field to get North on the board, but Freismuth retired the next three hitters she faced to prevent the Spartans from getting any closer.

“Fantastic ball movement today,” Rushing said of Freismuth. “She was hitting her spots, making them pop up and hit ground balls when we needed them.”

It was the third win in three days for the Cardinals, who knocked off Oconomowoc, 9-5, in a regional semifinal on Wednesday. Fond du Lac had just one WIAA Tournament win from 2001-17.

The loss stunned Oshkosh North, which had reached the WIAA state tournament the past two seasons and had not lost to a team from Wisconsin this season.

Thull and Ellestad each finished with three hits in the game for the Spartans and Supple struck out 11 while allowing just one earned run, but it wasn’t enough for North.

“They just flat out outplayed us. They had more energy and they outplayed us,” Suess said. “We made mistakes. We didn’t do the little things. We didn’t get bunts down. We didn’t execute like we should have and we didn’t get timely hitting. To win you have to do the little things right and we did not do a lot of little things right today.”

Fond du Lac 001 004 0 – 5 6 0

Oshkosh North 000 001 2 – 3 8 2

WP: Abby Fresimuth (7 IP, 6 Ks). LP: Syd Supple (7 IP, 11 Ks).

Leading hitters:

FDL – Megan Elford 3B

Abby Freismuth RBI

Nyah Odekirk 2 RBI

ON – Brooke Ellestad 3×4; Syd Supple 2B; Shea Thull 3×3, HR, 3 RBI.

WIAA Softball Regionals – Fond du Lac 9 Oconomowoc 5

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Fond du Lac  9    Oconomowoc  5

FOND DU LAC – Fond du Lac scored six runs in the sixth inning to rally for the victory.

Kali Smit drove in three runs and doubled for the go-ahead run for the Cardinals.

Abby Freismuth pitched a complete game to get the win. She struck out four.

Oconomowoc  102  020  0  –  5  13  0

Fond du Lac  000  036  x  –  9  12  1

WP: Abby Freismuth (7 IP, 4 K, 2 BB). LP: Kayla Preisler (6 IP, 6 K, 4 BB)

Leading hitters:

Abby Freismuth F 2×2, RBI

Kellie Hierl F 2×3, RBI

Megan Elford F 2×4, 2B, RBI

Kali Smit 2B, 3 RBI

Jess Pentland F 2B

Fond du Lac  14    Appleton West   4

APPLETON – Fond du Lac scored nine runs in its final two at-bats to pull away for the win.

Abby Freismuth was 3-for-4 with two RBI

Kellie Hierl was 3-for-4 with four RBI for the Cardinals

Fond du Lac  500  27  –  14  14  2

Appleton West  202  00  –  4  9  0

WP: Abby Freismuth (5 IP, 7 K).

LP: Emily Bourin (5 IP, 3 K).

Fond du Lac   2    Oshkosh West   1

OSHKOSH – Fond du Lac outlasted Oshkosh West in an pitching duel between Fond du Lac’s Kellie Hierl and Oshkosh West’s Annika Johnson.

Fond du Lac scored first in the second inning after Lexi Nett reached on a hit by pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Brianna Biermann.

Lacey Cruz came in relief in the top of the 10th inning for West. She recored the first out, but Jacy Klaske was then able to reach first on an infield error. Klaske advanced to second on a ground ball by Elford, then scored scored on the next play off another error by the West infield.

Kellie Hierl was able to retire West in the bottom of the 10th to record the win.

Fond du Lac  010  000  000  1  –  2  5  1

Oshkosh West  000  010  000  0   –  1  10  3

WP: Kellie Hierl (10 IP, 5 K, 2 BB). LP: Lacey Cruz (1 IP).

FDL Leading hitters:

Jessica Pentland  2×4

Brianna Biermann  1×4, RBI

Fond du Lac   5   Appleton West  2

FOND DU LAC – The Cardinals scored three runs in the sixth inning to seal the win over the Terrors.

Kali Smit had two doubles and Jess Pentland drove in two runs for Fond du Lac.

Appleton West  010  010  0  –  2  3  1

Fond du Lac  000  203  x  –  5  6  1

WP: Abby Freismuth (3 IP, 2 K)

Leading hitters:

 Kali Smit F 2×3, 2 2B

Jess Pentland F 2B, 2 RBI

Hortonville   12   Fond du Lac  6

HORTONVILLE – Miranda Stanoski went 2-for-4 and drove in five runs, while Taylor Lebeck went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in to carry the Polar Bears over the Cardinals.

Kelly Hierl went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and four runs batted in to pace Fond du Lac’s attack. 

Fond du Lac  004  020  0  –  6  7  2

Hortonville  302  223  2  –  12  11  0

WP: Taylor Lebeck (4.1 IP, 2 K) LP: Abbi Freismuth.

Kelly Hierl F 2×4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Abby Freismuth F 2×4, 2B

 Lexi Nett F 2×4, 2B, 2 RBI

Fond du Lac   7     Kimberly    1     CONGRATULATIONS   GIRLS   !!!!!!!! !

FOND DU LAC – Abby Freismuth went 3-for-4, drove in four runs and stole two bases to lead Fond du Lac to the win over Kimberly.   

Kellie Hierl was the winning pitcher allowing just 1 run on 8 hits !!

Kimberly  000  000  1  –  1  8  1

Fond du Lac  101  401  x  –  7  7  1

WP: Kellie Hierl (7 IP, 1 K, 0 BB).

LP: Lauren Elliot (4.2 IP, 1 K, 5 BB).

Leading hitters: Abby Freismuth F 3×4, 2 SB, 4 RBI.

Oshkosh West    12     Fond du Lac   2

OSHKOSH – Kali Smit and Lexi Nett each drove in runs for the Cardinals in the loss.

Fond du Lac  200  000  0  –  2  6  4

Oshkosh West  022  320  3  –  12  15  0

WP: Annika Johnson (7 IP, 9 K). LP: Abby Friesmuth (5 IP, 1 K). Leading hitters: Kali Smit F 2×3, 2B, RBI; Lexi Nett F 2×3, RBI.

Kaukauna    12     Fond du Lac     5

Kellie Hierl  was 2×4, 3B, 2 RBI

Lexi Nett  2 RBI

Megan Elford  2×4

Kaukauna  005  070  0  –  12  8  1

Fond du Lac 200 020 1 – 5 8 6

WP: Hannah Hestekin. LP: Abby Friesmuth

Appleton East     3     Fond du Lac     1

APPLETON – Megan Elford went 2-for-4 at the plate and Abby Freismuth pitched six innings for the Cardinals in the road loss.

Fond du Lac 000 000 1 – 1 5 1

Appleton East 002 010 – 3 7 2

WP: Anna Pistone (7 IP, 5 K)     LP: Abby Freismuth (7 IP)

Fond du Lac 7   Neenah   4

Abby Freismuth struck out 12 batters in pitching the Cardinals to the victory over the Rockets.

Fond du Lac scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie.

Kali Smit had two RBI for the Cardinals.

Fond du Lac 003 010 3 – 7 9 4

Neenah 004 000 0 – 4 3 3

WP: Abby Freismuth (7 IP, 12 K)

LP: Madalyn Hall (7 IP, 4 K)

Leading hitters: Megan Elford FDL 2×4

RBI; Kali Smit FDL 2 RBI

Oshkosh North   6     Fond du Lac    1

Kali Smit was 2-for-3 with a home run and a double for Fond du Lac.

Fond du Lac  010  000  0  –  1 2 0

Oshkosh North  030  003  x  –  6 8 2

WP: Syd Supple (7 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 13 K).

LP: Abby Freismuth (5 IP, 3 BB, 4 K).

Leading hitter: Kali Smit FDL 2×3, HR, 2B.

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