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Rear’s grand slam lifts Brodhead
Softball pitcher mound

By Natalie Dillon


BRODHEAD — Brodhead had just a 2-1 lead over Turner headed into the bottom of the second when freshman Leah Rear lined a two-out grand slam over the center field fence en route to a 9-3 victory on Tuesday, April 9. 

Rear led the No. 1 Cardinals over the No. 8 Trojans, going 2-for-3 with six RBIs. Ava Risum also recorded a multiple-hit game, going 2-for-2 with two walks. In the circle, she pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on seven hits. Risum struck out nine and walked three.


BRODHEAD — With three errors, the Cardinals relied on their 20 hits to overcome the Cheesemakers in a conference crossover win on Monday, April 8. Brodhead scored in all but the fifth inning, and all but one starter recorded a hit.

At the top of the order, Sophia Leitzen went 5-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Allie Dahl also played a large role, going 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. In the circle, Risum pitched a complete game, giving up one earned run on four hits. She struck out nine and didn’t issue a walk.

Brinley Roidt had one of Monroe’s hits — an RBI double in the first. Kaegann Paulson suffered the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits in two innings of work. Prior to the game, she had given up just two hits and one earned run.


MONROE — Chesney Slotten walked off Evansville in the bottom of the tenth with an RBI single left in a Rock Valley Conference crossover on Tuesday, April 9.

Slotten finished the game 1-for-4 with the game-winning RBI and a walk. Roidt and Olivia Feller recorded multiple-hit games to lead the offense. Paulson pitched a complete game, giving up just one earned run on 12 hits. She struck out 10 and walked two.


BLANCHARDVILLE —  No. 8 Juda-Albany’s Avary Briggs and Alana Durtschi were thorns in Pecatonica’s side in a Six Rivers East game on Tuesday, April 9. 

The seniors were not retired in each of their four at bats, going a combined 7-for-7 with four RBIs, four runs scored and a walk. Emerson Briggs and Kierra Cleasby also had multiple-hit games, and Cleasby drove in four runs. In the circle, Avary Briggs pitched a complete game two-hitter. She struck out eight and walked two.

Maddie Hirsch and Diana Hendrickson accounted for Pecatonica’s only hits, whereas Hendrickson had the lone RBI. She suffered the loss in the circle, giving up just two earned runs on 13 hits. Hendrickson struck out seven and walked two. The Viking defense committed four errors.


BLANCHARDVILLE — A two-run sixth for the Zephyrs was the difference in a Six Rivers crossover game on Monday, April 8. Prior to the inning, the game was knotted at two runs each.

Hendrickson, Alyssa Cassidy and Katelynne Jorenby accounted for the Vikings three hits. Jorenby drove in the only run — an RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth.

Hendrickson was the pitcher of record, giving up two unearned runs on three hits. She struck out 12 in 5 2/3 innings of work.


BOSCOBEL — The No. 7 Bulldogs received a stellar pitching performance from Gretta Grassel in a SWAL victory on Monday, April 8. The senior threw a perfect game and her second no-hitter of the 2024 season, tallying 18 strikeouts in the affair.

Sophie Wiegel suffered the loss, giving up two earned runs on 10 hits. She struck out one and walked one.



DARLINGTON — The Redbirds scored their first runs of the 2024 season in a SWAL loss on Tuesday, April 9.

Maddy Corley led off the second inning with a walk, Lilly Ritchie reached on an error and Raynie Norgard drove them both home with a 2 RBI triple to right center.

Sophie Wiegel suffered the loss, giving up nine earned runs on 12 hits.