RL/W competes at state tourneyAUSTIN — The Round Lake/Worthington 18-and-under fast-pitch softball team played well at the state tournament over the weekend.
AUSTIN — The Round Lake/Worthington 18-and-under fast-pitch softball team played well at the state tournament over the weekend.
RL/W went 3-2 in the two-day tournament and finished in the top eight of the 18-team tournament.
In the first game, RL/W defeated Brownton 2-0 behind a solid pitching performance by Angela Robinson.
She struck out three and walked one.
Robinson was aided by two outstanding catches by Stephanie Behrens.
Robinson helped her own cause with a trio of hits in the game, while Behrens was 2-for-3.
Brandie Timmerman drove in a run, while Katherine Kazemba and Christine Kazemba each drew two walks in the game for RL/W, which scored a run in the first and one in the sixth inning.
In the second game, RL/W continued its winning ways with a 6-4 victory.
Robinson (two strikeouts) threw four innings and Christine Kazemba threw three innings as RL/W held off Greenway.
Robinson was 4-for-4 with four singles to lead RL/W, while Katherine Kazemba was 2-for-4 with a double.
Behrens was 3-for-4 with two singles and a double while Erin Ebbers, who made an outstanding catch defensively, drew two walks.
Christine Kazemba was 2-for-4 with a double, while KC Riley had a single and drew a walk.
Timmerman reached three times after being hit by a pitch and walking twice.
Sarah Ebbers had a single, while Shaina Lonneman drew a walk and had two hits.
After a tough loss to Hawley in the third game, RL/W was back on the field to face Brownton again in its fourth game.
Just like in their first matchup, RL/W came out victorious.
Riley and Katherine Kazemba each drove in two runs as RL/W won 8-2.
Christine Kazemba, Robinson and Sarah Ebbers each drove in a run.
Robinson and Christine Kazemba each saw time in the circle.
Erin Ebbers started a trend for RL/W. She connected on the first of three consecutive doubles for the team, as Christine Kazemba and Riley then followed suit.
Timmerman had a single, while Sarah Ebbers and Katherine Kazemba each had a double in the game.
RL/W was also helped out by key defensive plays in the game.
Christine Kazemba started a slick double play from her shortstop position. She threw home to Riley who then threw to first to complete the 6-2-3 double play.
But the great defense wasn’t done yet.
Katherine Kazemba made a great stop at third and completed the throw to first, and Behrens made a big play late in the game. From left field, she threw a runner out at home that got RL/W out of a bases-loaded jam.
Playing on Sunday, RL/W suffered a 3-2 loss to Red Corvets, ending its state tournament run.
Robinson and Christine Kazemba shared the pitching duties in the game,
Katherine Kazemba connected on an inside-the-park home run in the first inning, while Riley drove in the other run for RL/W.
Christine Kazemba added a single.
Again, RL/W was aided by strong defense. Behrens completed a nice double play after making a nice catch and throw to third.
Robinson then had a key strikeout in the sixth to end a bases-loaded inning.
However, the Red Corvets scored twice in the bottom of the sixth as the RL/W team ended a fine season with a top-eight finish at state.