By Ken McKenzie
The Pacelli girls’ softball team scored nine times in the third inning Tuesday against visiting Manawa Wolves at Spud Field in Plover.
The Lady Cardinals are now 3-0 for the season, with 15 hits on the day, including home runs by Payton Hintz and Christonna Shafranski.
Christonna Shafranski and Ashleigh Fuchs led the hitting parade with three hits each, while Sami Kay Shafranski scored four times from her lead-off spot in the lineup.
Manawa took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame on a home run to left by their second baseman Johnson. Sami Kay Shafranski dropped a bunt to open the first for the Cards, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Raflik and scored on Sydney Alery’s ground ball to third to tie the game.
In the second the Wolves used two walks and bloop single to short right to load the bases and scored on a line-drive for a short-lived lead at 2-1.
Pacelli bounced right back with a lead-off home run by Payton Hintz to knot the score at 2-2. With one out, Nicole Schroeder had a bunt single, Sami Kay Shafranski walked and Taylor Raflik followed with a single to right-center to plate Schroeder. Hannah Raflik later singled up the middle to drive in both Shafranski and Taylor Raflik, giving the Cards the 5-2 lead.
Manawa scored twice in the third to narrow the lead to 5-4 before Pacelli opened up the game in the bottom half as Fuchs reached to open the inning with Christonna Shafranski following with a single to left. Hintz’s hot grounder to second froze the fielder with everyone ruled safe and the bases loaded. Emma Kulick walked to force in one run and after consecutive infield-fly pop-outs, Sami Kay Shafranski drew another walk to force the 6-4 lead.
Taylor Raflik’s hot grounder to second netted two runs and an 8-4 advantage. Alery’s pop fly to left dropped in for another run and Hannah Raflik followed with a single up the middle with runners still on first and third. Fuchs singled to right field and Christonna Shafranski’s fly allowed her to take second base. Hintz’s short fly to centerfield dropped in and the Cards had a 14-4 lead before the side was retired.
Pacelli then added seven more in the bottom of the fourth to earn the 21-4 decision for Coach Ann Molski’s squad that now travels to Wittenberg-Birnamwood (0-1) on Thursday for a 4:30 PM Central Wisconsin 8 conference game.
In other softball action Tuesday, SPASH pitcher Aubrey Drohner pitched a no-hitter in the Panthers 19-0 win at Wausau East.