Softball: Oconto Falls’ season comes to an end in sectional semi

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Error-loaded second inning hurts Panthers
By: 

Times Herald Staff

The Oconto Falls High School softball team was unable to overcome a sloppy second inning in an eventual 5-1 Division 2 sectional semifinal loss on the road against Seymour on May 28.

The third-seeded Panthers committed all four of their errors in the frame, allowing the top-seeded Thunder to grab a 3-0 lead.

Seymour added another run in the third to go up 4-0 before Oconto Falls got on the scoreboard in the fourth.

Alyson Fabry opened the inning with a double. Emma Huberty followed by putting a ball in play that Seymour was unable to handle, allowing Fabry to score and Huberty to get to second on the play.

A strikeout, flyout and groundout ended the inning without any other runs scoring.

Oconto Falls ended up with five hits to Seymour’s four in the game.

Kaelyn Allen and Fabry each singled in the first inning, but were stranded on base. Allen was also stranded after doubling with two outs in the third.

Morgan Helmle singled with one out in the seventh, but a pair of fielder’s choice groundouts ended the contest and the Panthers’ playoff run.

Oconto Falls was not able to draw a walk in the game, while striking out seven times.

Josie Tolzman was handed the tough loss in the circle. She allowed four hits and just two earned runs. She did not walk a batter or record a strikeout and needed just 66 pitches to get through six innings.

Oconto Falls finished the year with an 18-8 overall record, including shutout playoff wins over Freedom and Denmark.