By Ken McKenzie
The SPASH girls’ softball team battled hefty winds Monday as they rolled past the visiting Wausau West team at a final score of 7-0.
The win puts the Lady Panthers undefeated 2-0 early in the season.
Aubrey Drohner threw a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts and two walks; Wausau West stranded ten runners but couldn’t get anyone past second base.
After a scoreless first two innings, the SPASH girls finally broke through for a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Brittany Flugaur opened the inning in drawing a walk. Freshman Ally Miklesh was safe on a bunt single to put runners on first and second with no outs.
Halle Pavelski added another bunt that West couldn’t pick up. With the bases loaded, Aubrey Drohner helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Flugaur. Shaylee Kluck followed with another sacrifice fly to center, scoring Miklesh for the 2-0 lead.
SPASH added two more runs in the fourth. With one out, Hannah Worzella drove a ball over the left field fence for 3-0 lead. Flugaur and Miklesh each walked to follow with Pavelski then hitting a sacrifice fly to score Flugaur to push the lead to 4-0.
Flugaur walked to open the inning with Miklesh then hitting a triple to left to drive in one run. Drohner followed with a double to plate Miklesh and push the lead to 6-0. Riley Terpstra walked and Morgan Dobratz followed with a single to center to push the lead to 7-0 before SPASH was retired.
“It was pretty breezy today and I was a little disappointed that our plate discipline wasn’t the greatest- but we still got some good things done out there,” said Coach Tom Drohner. “We should have been looking for pitches from the middle of the plate in instead of always trying to drive the ball the other way.”
SPASH now travels to Marshfield (3-0) Tuesday at Fairgrounds Park at and then will be back to host Wisconsin Rapids on April 21 at Woyak Field, with both games scheduled for 4:30 PM.