Softball Pioneers Down Eagles, 2-1

Wind gusts were aplenty while runs were scarce May 6 when Sevastopol’s softball team hosted Southern Door for a Packerland Conference contest in Institute.

The game was tied at a run apiece in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bailey Rikkola hit a ball to the infield to score Naomi Rikkola in what turned out to be the winning run in the Pioneers’ 2-1 victory over the Eagles.

Sevastopol tallied seven hits, with Kayla Ranly batting 2-3 and Kristen Daubner recording a triple.

Sevastopol’s Naomi Rikkola (20) dives head first into second base to beat the tag from Southern Door shortstop Greta Gutschow. Rikkola scored both of the Pioneers’ runs in their 2-1 home victory May 6 over the Eagles. Photo by Kevin Boneske.

Naomi Rikkola gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when she reached home on a wild pitch.

Bella Price accounted for Southern Door’s only run when she scored to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth.

Sevastopol’s Libby Ash recorded the complete-game pitching victory, scattering three hits over seven innings.

“She was backed by a great defensive performance on the field behind her,” said Pioneers head coach Brooke Bittorf.

The Eagles’ Ashlyn Delfosse picked up the pitching loss.

Sevastopol improved its conference record to 4-2 – two games behind league-leading Oconto – with the Pioneers’ remaining Packerland games set for May 14 at Algoma and May 16 in the regular-season finale at home against Sturgeon Bay.

Sevastopol’s Bailey Rikkola (5) swings away to drive in the winning run in the Pioneers’ 2-1 home victory May 6 against Southern Door. Photo by Kevin Boneske.

Sev. 2, SD 1

SD 0-0-0 0-1-0 0 – 1

Sev. 0-0-1 0-1-0 x – 0

WP–Libby Ash; LP–Ashlyn Delfosse