THORP — The McDonell softball team wrapped up an outright Western Cloverbelt Conference championship on Tuesday by scoring an 8-3 win at Thorp.
The Macks (13-1, 12-0) scored the first three runs of the game, including three apiece in the third and fifth innings to take control.
Liz Rietschel finished 2-for-3 with an RBI while Cassie Sorensen was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs driven in.
Megan Baier tripled and drove in one while Maggie Craker, Abby Opsal and Carly Jenson each drove in runs as well.
Baier struck out 10 in a complete-game win for McDonell.
Thorp scored three times in the seventh inning. Kaitlyn Tyznik had three hits including a double and Cassidy Stroinski had two hits for the Cardinals (12-7, 8-5).
Thorp hosts Altoona on Thursday while McDonell is off until hosting Osseo-Fairchild on Friday.
Chi-Hi 15-3, Menomonie 1-0
At Menomonie, a pair of stellar pitching performances powered the Cardinals to a doubleheader sweep of the Mustangs.
Mallory Sterling tossed a five-inning no-hitter in game one, a 15-1 victory. Sterling struck out 10 while allowing no walks and an unearned run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
Kaylee Frenette was 4-for-4 with four runs scored, three runs batted in and a double while Sterling had three hits and two RBIs, Brooke Rooney had two hits and three runs scored and Autumn Olson was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, two runs scored and a double.
Sophie Heller and Abby Staves doubled as well for the Cardinals.
Nicole Crumbaker was dominant in the second game for Chi-Hi, a 3-0 win. Crumbaker struck out 10 batters while allowing four hits and a walk in the shutout.
Brooke Rooney and Alisia Palms each had two hits while Palms had a double for the Cardinals (16-4, 9-1).
Chi-Hi hosts Rice Lake in a doubleheader on Thursday and can clinch an outright conference title with a sweep.
Altoona 22, Cadott 5 (5 inn.)
At Cadott, the Hornets fell to the Railroaders in Western Cloverbelt play.
Jenn Sonnentag and Autumn Bremness each had three hits for Cadott with Bremness doubling and driving in two. Meadow Barone was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Maddie Wahl had two hits and McKenzie Ryan had a double and two runs driven in for the Hornets.
Tied 3-3 after one, Altoona scored seven times in the second inning and three times in the third before scoring nine runs in the fifth.
Cadott plays at Eau Claire Regis on Friday.
Stanley-Boyd 11, Osseo-Fairchild 7
At Stanley, the Orioles picked up a Western Cloverbelt win over the Thunder.
Kaylee Nye, Arianna Mason and Bailey Straskowski each had two hits for Stanley-Boyd. Straskowski had two doubles while Kate McLoone tripled and drove in one. Nye had three RBIs and Katie Swope drove in two for the Orioles.
Ashly Zastrow struck out five in a complete-game win for Stanley-Boyd (4-10, 3-10).
Stanley-Boyd hosts Fall Creek on Friday.
Thorp 10, McDonell 2
At Thorp, the Cardinals scored in five different innings in a Western Cloverbelt win over the Macks.
Mike Scheidler was 2-for-3, Joe Schwetz doubled and Kendren Gullo drove in a run for McDonell.
Ryan Stunkel finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, Wyatt Denzine was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and one batted in and Chris Komanec had two hits, two runs scored and a double with one RBI.
Carter Karaba struck out six in 6.1 innings for the win.
Thorp hosts Altoona on Thursday and McDonell hosts Osseo-Fairchild on Friday.
Spooner 12, Bloomer 6
At Spooner, the Railroaders doubled up the Blackhawks in Heart O'North Conference play.
Zach Ruf was 3-for-4 with two triples, two runs scored, two runs batted in and a double for the Blackhawks. Ethan Rothbauer and Leif Iverson each had two hits.
Bloomer hosts Hayward in a doubleheader on Friday.
Altoona 19, Cadott 2 (5 inn.)
At Cadott, the Railroaders scored six runs in each of the first three innings in a Western Cloverbelt win over the Hornets.
Dylan Davis was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs driven in for Cadott while Andrew Gunderson was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
Cadott plays at Eau Claire Regis on Friday.
Cameron 9, Lake Holcombe/ Cornell 5
At Holcombe, a tough third inning doomed the Knights against the Comets.
Cameron scored six runs in the third inning to jump out to an 8-1 lead.
Brady Webster was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and Caleb Balow added two hits for the Knights (4-5).
Lake Holcombe/Cornell plays at Flambeau on Thursday.
Stanley-Boyd 11, Osseo-Fairchild 1
At Stanley, the Orioles scored four runs in both the third and fourth innings in a Western Cloverbelt win over Osseo-Fairchild.
Brandon Wright was 3-for-3 for Stanley-Boyd with two runs scored. Noah Gillingham scored three times as he went 1-for-4. Brandon Herrick, Ben Turner, and Trenton Whisnant each scored two runs.
Gillingham earned the win on the mound going five innings and striking out eight. The only run that crossed the plate was unearned.
The Orioles play on Friday as they welcome Fall Creek to their place.
McDonell/Regis second at Cloverbelt Championship
At Black River Falls, the Saints took second at the Cloverbelt Conference championships at Skyline Golf Club.
McDonell/Regis finished with a 348, one stroke in front of Neillsville/Loyal for second. Osseo-Fairchild won the title at 335 with Cadott fourth (397), Stanlye-Boyd fifth (408) and Thorp sixth (417).
Andrew Reis shot an 83 to tie for second place individually as Altoona’s Grant Curtis earned medalist honors at 73. Ethan Petersilka and Myles Fish each shot 84s and Afton Fedie carded a 97 for the Saints. Sam Briggs shot a 94, Cole Sopiarz and Coy Bowe each had 98s and Brant Bowe shot a 107 for the Hornets. Jason Brunner led Stanley-Boyd with a 93, followed closely by Milo Koenig with a 94. Theo Chwala carded a 107 and Nick Braden shot a 114. Alex Tyznik (96) led Thorp with Tyler Buss (105), Riley Frankewicz (106) and Jon Slagoski (110) as the other scoring Cardinal golfers.
McDonell/Regis was also second in the final team season standings with 90 team points as Osseo-Fairchild won the title with a 99. Cadott (63) took fourth, Stanley-Boyd (61.5) was fifth and Thorp (29) took ninth.
Reis, Petersilka and Adam Waldusky earned all-conference team honors for their season play while Fish was an honorable mention. Curtis won the conference player of the year award.