Hoffman throws no-hitter in victory over Eagles

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Chris Caporale, sports@wolfrivermedia.com


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Hailey Hoffman attempts to grab a ground ball hit in the fourth inning of Friday’s 23-0 road victory over Menominee Indian. Hoffman threw a no-hitter for the Wildcats.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Mackenzie Hoffman fields a grounder before throwing the ball to second base for a fielder’s choice in Friday’s victory in Keshena. Hoffman added three runs on one hit and three walks at the plate.

Gresham junior Hailey Hoffman threw a no-hitter in Friday’s 23-0 road victory over Menominee Indian.

Hoffman struck out two batters over four innings. The Eagles’ only base runner reached base on an error.

Hoffman is getting more mound time as junior Kamille Davids recovers from an injury.

“I think she’s stepping up,” Gresham head coach Amanda Reindl said. “She was really excited today. She said, ‘I want to pitch the whole game.’ And she just pitched the whole game yesterday, and that was seven innings. I think she really is loving it.”

At the plate, Gresham drew 19 walks and collected nine hits against three different Menominee Indian pitchers.

Karisa Nietzer and Kennedy Hoffman led the Wildcats with two hits apiece. Kiersten Fischer and Nietzer both scored four runs.

“They all played as a team,” Reindl said. “I told them to be patient, and we played Menominee before, so they know they have to be patient sometimes, but when the pitchers are on, they are good.”

Reindl also appreciates the play of Mackenzie Hoffman, who plays both catcher and shortstop for Gresham. On Thursday, during a 7-2 win over Bowler, and again on Friday, she made consistent plays in the field.

“She just flows. She’s effortless over there,” Reindl said. “She doesn’t make errors. She makes good throws. She can scoop anything up.”

Gresham (10-5, 10-5 Central Wisconsin Conference-10), which finished with nine wins last season, has three conference games remaining, including a big showdown Monday at home against Almond-Bancroft.

Team 1 2 3 4 R H E

Gresham 7 6 1 9 23 9 1

Menominee Indian 0 0 0 0 0 0 2