MENOMONIE — The Chi-Hi softball team bashed nine home runs on Thursday en route to a doubleheader sweep over Menomonie in a Big Rivers Conference matchup, helping Cardinals coach Jared Faherty hit a milestone in the process.
Chi-Hi (16-4, 8-2) scored wins by scores of 15-2 and 14-4 over the Mustangs, giving Faherty his 200th victory as coach of the Cardinals.
Gretchen Arneson led the hit parade by launching four home runs for the Cardinals. Autumn Olson added three and Kailey Dresel drilled two dingers in the sweep for the Cardinals.
Arneson, Olson and Dresel each hit two home runs in the first game with Arneson and Olson each driving in four runs while Dresel plated three. Kaylee Frenette had two RBIs while Mallory Sterling struck out four in seven innings for the win in the circle.
Arneson and Olson each added grand slams in the fifth inning of the second game. Brooke Rooney drove in two runs at the plate and struck out five in five innings in the circle for the victory.
Faherty is in his ninth season as head coach and has led the Cardinals to five trips to the WIAA state tournament including a Division 1 state championship in 2012.
Chi-Hi returns to action on Saturday when it hosts its annual invitational at Casper Park.
McDonell 12-11, Eau Claire Regis 2-5
At Casper Park, the Macks swept a Western Cloverbelt Conference doubleheader with the Ramblers.
McDonell scored four runs in each of the first three innings en route to a 12-2 victory in five innings in the first game. Andrea Hiess went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Lisa Bremness was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Laura Schwandt and Josie Verbick each had two hits including a double and Maddie Rietschel finished 2-for-3 for the Macks. Megan Baier struck out three in the win.
The Macks (13-3, 10-2) used a six-run seventh to help pull away to an 11-5 win in the second game. Verbick had three hits and three RBIs and Rietschel and Mariah Dorn each were 2-for-3 with an RBI. Lisa Bremness struck out two batters and walked none for the win.
McDonell hosts Osseo-Fairchild on Tuesday.
Bloomer 4, Hayward 1
At Hayward, a strong pitching performance from John Barr helped the Blackhawks tame the Hurricanes for a Heart O’North Conference win.
Barr struck out three while allowing one earned run in a complete-game victory. Jacob Kostner finished 3-for-3 with an RBI and Noah Lane went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Bloomer (9-4, 5-3).
The Blackhawks play a doubleheader at Northwestern on Saturday.
Lake Holcombe/Cornell 9, Cameron 1
At Cameron, Jeremiah Reedy led the Knights on the mound and at the plate in a win over the Comets.
Reedy struck out 11 in a complete-game win while going 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run and three RBIs for Lake Holcombe/Cornell. Matt Kostka was 2-for-3 with two RBIs while Noah Nohr was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the win.
Bloomer 3rd, Chi-Hi 10th at Rice Lake invite
At Rice Lake, the Blackhawks finished seven strokes off the lead at Turtleback Golf Course.
Noah Price shot a 77, Colin Berseth was close behind with a 78, Andrew Zillmer carded an 81 and Masen Miller shot an 85 to lead Bloomer as the Blackhawks finished with a team score of 321 points, seven behind Hudson for the top spot.
Chi-Hi finished in 10th place as a team, led by Chase Hoople with an 80. Alex Nelson shot an 86, Eric Ottevaere finished with an 89 and Bryce Elkin carded a 91 for the Cardinals.
Hudson’s Brady Minich and River Falls’ Blake Skogen each finished with a 73 for the top individual score.
Eau Claire Memorial 7, Chi-Hi 0
At Chi-Hi, the Cardinals fell to the Old Abes in a Big Rivers Conference matchup.
No. 3 singles Dominic Marticorena (3-6, 0-6) and the No. 2 doubles team of Cole Oliver and Lucas Connolly (0-6, 3-6) had the tightest matches for the Cardinals (5-16, 0-5) against the always-strong Old Abes.
“There probably aren’t many coaches out there that would be as pleased as I am with a loss like tonight but my players did everything I asked of them and more,” Chi-Hi coach Candy Jenke said. “Each match I look for improvement each player’s game — tonight was amazing. All up or down the line each player hit shots and serves I have not seen yet this season. Although we didn’t get a set there were games won and on all courts many games were very close. I am so proud of the entire team — they all stood out tonight — all playing with much effort.
Chi-Hi competes in the Big Rivers Conference tournament on Saturday at Eau Claire North.
TRACK AND FIELD
Bloomer’s Burgess wins two events at Hayward
At Hayward, Justyne Burgess won the 400-meter dash and high jump events for the Blackhawk girls team at a Heart O’North Conference quad.
Laken Jones (100), Kendall Zeman (800) and the 800 and 1,600 relays also were victorious as the Bloomer girls took second as a team with 67 points, trailing Hayward with 97 points.
Kyra Arendt took second in the long and triple jump events while Grace Post (100) and Chloee Swartz (200) each took second. Post was also third in the 300 hurdles.
Alex Conrad (1,600) and the 800 and 3,200 relay teams were victorious for the Bloomer boys as they took third as a team with 64.5 points. Hayward won the boys title with 76 points.
Jarrod Kressin was second in the 800 while the ‘Hawks had seven third-place finishers — Brandon Johnson (110 hurdles), Eli Olson (800), Paul Schumacher (200), Jonah Lehnartz (high jump), Phillip Jorstad (long jump), Gabe Naumann (discus) and Gabriel Mawby (shot put).
Lake Holcombe/Cornell girls win DSC/Lakeland Challenge
At Boyceville, the Knight girls team used a balance effort to help claim a team championship at the Dunn St. Croix/Lakeland Challenge.
Lexi Moussette (100 hurdles), Kierra Walters (400) and Sara Stender (triple jump) each won events for the Knights as they finished with 174.5 team points, well ahead of Boyceville (110.5) in second. Stender (triple jump, 100), Courtney Lundmark (discus), Jordan Geist (200), Walters (300 hurdles) and Orianna Lebal (pole vault) each finished second. Isabelle Dixon (400, triple jump), Lebal (800), Emily Vavra (3,200), Geist (pole vault) and Elizabeth Sproul (shot put) took third.
Colton Hetke picked up wins in the 110 hurdles and triple jump events to help the boys team take second with 122 points, trailing Unity (179). Hetke also had second places in the 300 hurdles and high jump while Andrew Brosted finished second in the shot put and the 800 relay team of Dakota Popp, Josh Grape, Kyle Girard and Jay Tainter took second as well.
Sam Peterson (1,600), Grape (long jump), Kyle Goltz (triple jump) and Brosted (discus) each finished third.