Krueger, Bohm lead Bears to 11-1 win over Chargers
Chris Caporale, firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior left fielder Kelsey Krueger posted three hits and four RBIs while senior Jaden Bohm added three hits as Bonduel defeated Wittenberg-Birnamwood 11-1 in six innings at home Tuesday.
The bottom four batters in Bonduel’s order accounted for eight runs, including four by Bohm, as Bonduel scored nine runs in the final three innings.
“We can’t afford to wait a couple of innings to start hitting the ball,” Bonduel head coach Chris Reinke said.
The Chargers cut the Bears’ lead to one in the fourth inning when Abby Krueger scored on an error.
“We made solid contact and made Bonduel play defense,” Wittenberg-Birnamwood head coach Charity Fraaza said.
Bonduel came right back and posted five runs in the next frame to take a 7-1 lead.
Bohm was hit by a pitch before Brynn Reinke sacrificed her over to second base. Krueger drove Bohm home on a single to center field, and then Dallas Zernicke reached base on an error. Senior Kailee Pedersen singled in a run, Brittany Wudtke walked and pitcher Cameri Gehm drove in two runs on a single to left field.
A wild pitch gave the Bears their seventh run of the game.
“They talk about wanting to go far, and that means you have to want to play heads up softball, and I don’t think they were initially awake,” Chris Reinke said. “It almost seemed like they were sleepy.”
McKenzie Wollenberg, on her first hit of the season, drove in a run in the fifth, and then a double steal extended the lead to eight at 9-1.
Krueger ended the game in the bottom of the sixth with a double that bounced directly over third base, scoring both Becca Carpenter and Bohm.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood had the bases loaded in the second inning when Lindsey McQueen hit a grounder to first base to end the inning.
The Chargers had two hits and five walks against Gehm, who also posted 10 strikeouts.
“Her rise ball was working, so that helped her,” Fraaza said.
Over the final four innings, Gehm allowed just four base runners, two of which came from errors. She finished the game by striking out the final four batters she faced.
“To be late in the game and striking kids out, that was good,” Reinke said. “I think it took her a little bit to warm up.”
Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Alexis Schaupp pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing 10 earned runs on 12 hits. She walked four and did not record a strikeout.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Witt-Birn 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1
Bonduel 0 2 0 5 2 2 11 12 2