Earning Marawood North Conference honors from the Chequamegon High School softball team in 2015 were: front row from left, Mackenzie Dane, Remi Orr and Emily Ernest; and back row from left, Megan Mader, Emily Mader, Danielle Masterson and Morgan Hilgart.
Seven Screaming Eagles earn MNC softball honors
Seven members of the Marawood North Conference champion Chequamegon Screaming Eagles softball team earned MNC honors this season.
The Screaming Eagles had four players earning unanimous first-team honors: seniors Morgan Hilgart, Megan Mader and Danielle Masterson, and junior Emily Mader. Sophomore Remi Orr and freshman Mackenzie Dane were named to the second team. Junior Emily Ernest earned honorable mention. Coach of the year honors went to the Screaming Eagles coaching staff of Ken Dischler, Tom Masterson, Dave BeBeau and Dan Herbst.
Masterson, who was a second-team selection as a freshman, was named to the first team for the third straight season. She hit .618 in conference play with no errors in 38 chances. She had eight doubles, a triple and a home run, slugging 1.000 with an on-base average of .674 with 17 runs batted in. She was second in the conference in batting average, third in doubles, sixth in RBI and eight in runs scored.
Overall, Masterson led the Screaming Eagles with a .487 average.559 on-base average, .855 slugging percentage, 37 hits, 14 walks and 26 RBI, and shared the team lead with four home runs. She scored 24 runs and had 13 doubles.
Masterson hit .447 for her career with 126 hits, including 29 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs, driving in 77 runs and scoring 98 in 94 games.
Megan Mader earned MNC honors for the fourth time. She was a first-teamer as a freshman and sophomore and second-teamer as a junior. She was 8-1 in the circle in conference games, fanning 42 and walking just six in 48 MNC innings. She hit .300 with a .500 on-base averages with 12 walks and 12 RBI.
Overall this season, Megan Mader went 10-6 in the circle with a 2.80 ERA. She struck out 71 and walked just nine in 89-2/3 innings with a 1.39 WHIP.
Mader played in 96 of 100 games the Screaming Eagles played over the past four seasons. She posted a career mark of 35-18 in the circle, striking out 245 and walking just 76 in 300-2/3 innings.
Hilgart, who was a second-team selection as a sophomore and earned honorable mention as a junior, hit .590 in MNC play, slugging 1.051 with 15 doubles and a home run. She had 18RBI and a .614 on-base average. She ranked first in the MNC in doubles and third in batting average, RBI and runs scored.
Hilgart hit .438 overall this season with a team-high 20 doubles. She had 35 hits and drove in 24 runs, fielding .923 at second base.
Emily Mader, a second-teamer as a sophomore, was stellar behind the dish witllh just one error in 69 chances, allowing just one passed ball, and only one stolen base. She cut down four runners attempting to steal. She hit .476 in conference games with a .551 on-base average, and 23 runs scored from her leadoff spot (14 by courtesy runners).
Overall, Mader hit .393 and fielded .992 with just one error in 122 chances. She had just one passed ball, allowing eight stolen bases and cutting down six runners attempting to steal.
Orr earned second-team honors for the second straight season. She hit .412 with two doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI. She tied for the MNC lead in home runs and tied for third in RBI, fielding .976 at first base.
Orr hit three home runs and drove in 21, hitting .352. She fielded .972 at first base.
Dane had an impressive freshman campaign as a Screaming Eagle, hitting .559 with six doubles, a triple, a home run and 16 RBI with a .615 on-base average. She was fifth in the MNC in batting average, tied for fourth in doubles and tied for seventh in RBI. She went 3-0 in the circle with 18 strikeouts in 17 innings, a 1.00 WHIP, .179 batting average against and 2.47 earned run average.
Dane was 7-2 on the season with an ERA of 2.71, a WHIP of 1.29, and a .263 batting average against. She struck out 41 and walked 25 in 62 innings. Dane hit .443 with 23 runs batted in.
Ernest, who moved from right field as a sophomore to third base this season, hit .308 in MNC play with six doubles and a home run, and a .400 on-base average.
She hit .360 overall, sharing the team lead with four home runs.
Athens’ Kyncaide Diedrich was honored as MNC player of the year for the fourth straight season. Fellow senior Emily Czech also earned first-team honors for Athens. Rounding out the first team were sophomore Morgan Edwards and freshman Lorren Sauter of Phillips, Senior Shelly Kneifl of Abbotsford, and senior Mariah Zettler of Edgar.
Others named to the second team were junior Makala Williams and freshman Ashley Kilty of Phillips, senior Autumn Schreiner of Abbotsford, junior Hanna Ellenbecker, sophomore Berenice Lira and freshman Kaitlyn Brooks of Athens, sophomore Lindsey Schneeberger of Edgar, and senior Brianna Dunbar of Prentice/Butternut.
Also earning honorable mention were: junior Brooke Spacek and sophomore JoJo Baratka of Phillips; senior Alyssa Waller and junior Ariana Branstiter of Abbotsford; sophomore Paige Denzine and Alexa Gajewski of Athens; juniors Christina Riehl and Kassie Goodwin of Edgar; junior Hanna Parisi and sophomore Sheridan Kalander of Prentice/Butternut; and junior Regan Dobbs and freshman Hailey Wudi of Rib Lake.
Masterson earns all-district honors
Chequamegon High School shortstop Danielle Masterson has earned a first-team spot on the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association North Central District team.
Masterson was named to the Marawood North Conference first team the past three seasons and was a second-team selection as a freshman. She played on four MNC and three regional championship teams.
Masterson led the Screaming Eagles this season with a .487 average, .559 on-base average, .855 slugging percentage, 37 hits and 26 RBI, and shared the team lead with four home runs. She scored 24 runs and had 13 doubles.
Masterson hit .447 for her career with 126 hits, including 29 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs, driving in 77 runs and scoring 93 in 94 games.
“Being named to the all-district team is a tremendous honor for Nellie,” Screaming Eagles’ Coach Ken Dischler said. “The North Central District ranges from as far south as Wisconsin Dells through central Wisconsin up to Lake Superior and includes a lot of Div. 1 and 2 schools. To be recognized as one of the top 24 players in the district is quite a tribute, and well-deserved.”
The North Central District team, other all-district teams and the all-state team can be found on the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association website, www.wfsca.org.
Screaming Eagles wrap up MNC title, #1 seed
The Chequamegon High School softball team wrapped up its fourth straight Marawood North Conference championship this past week with a doubleheader sweep of Prentice/Butternut on Tuesday, May 19, at the Park Falls Athletic Complex.
The Screaming Eagles also were awarded the #1 seed for regional play, which opened this week.
Chequamegon swept Prentice/Butternut 15-0 and 20-1 to finish 11-1 in MNC play and with the title outright after sharing it with Athens the previous three seasons. The Screaming Eagles have posted a record of 37-5 in MNC games over the past four seasons.
In last Tuesday’s opener, Chequamegon tallied seven times in both the first and second innings before Maggie Miller's RBI single in the third ended the game via the 15-run rule. Morgan Hilgart was 3-for-3 with two doubles and Emily Mader was 2-for-2 with a double and three runs batted in. Danielle Masterson, Megan Mader and Kayla Herbst each drove in a pair of runs.
Megan Mader notched the win, allowing two hits, both in the first inning, which ended in a 4-3-6 twin killing. Mader fanned four of the 10 batters she faced.
As the visitor in game two, the Screaming Eagles again tallied seven runs in the first. They added five in the second and eight in the third.
Masterson was 2-for-2 with a solo home run and three runs batted in. Remi Orr was also 2-for-2. Makayla Casey was 1-for-1 with three RBI and Trista Cegielski ripped a three-run double.
Mackenzie Dane allowed two hits and struck out five with no walks for the win.
It was a different story on Thursday, May 21, when Chequamegon batters fanned seven times in five innings and managed only a single by Emily Mader in a 17-0 loss to Northwestern.
Northwestern rapped 17 hits, including six doubles, a triple and three home runs, blowing open a 2-0 game with four runs in the third inning and eight in the fourth.
Chequamegon finished the regular season with a record of 17-7. Five of those losses were to teams currently ranked in their respective divisions by The Fastpitch Chronicle. Chequamegon, ranked 16th in Div. 3, also has wins over three ranked teams. Chequamegon has wins over Div. 3 11th-ranked Spencer and Div. 4 10th-ranked Cochrane-Fountain City, and split with Div. 4 3rd-ranked Athens. Chequamegon’s losses to ranked teams were to Div. 3 15th-ranked Stratford and 20th-ranked Marathon, Div. 4 2nd-ranked Pacelli, and Div. 2 19th-ranked Northwestern.
That body of work led to the Screaming Eagles earning the top seed in their regional and a first-round bye on Tuesday, May 26. Quarterfinal games slated for Tuesday were #7 Washburn/Bayfield at #2 Phillips, #6 Ladysmith at #3 Cameron, and #5 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser at #4 Hurley. Semifinal games were slated for Wednesday, May 27, with the regional championship slated for Friday, May 29.
Chequamegon will host the sectional semifinal game at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, at the Park Falls Athletic Complex.
Screaming Eagles cap 4-1 week with win over Phillips
The Chequamegon High School softball team went 4-1 this past week to improve its season record to 15-6.
Chequamegon 8, Hurley 1
Three home runs to back the five-hit pitching of Mackenzie Dane powered the Screaming Eagles to an 8--1 victory over Hurley on Tuesday, May 12, at the Park Falls Athletic Complex.
Danielle Masterson blasted a two-run homer in the fifth and capped a 3-for-4 night with a grand slam in the sixth. Emily Ernest opened the scoring in the game with a two-run dinger in the third inning. Emily Mader went 3-for-4 on the night with two doubles. Megan Mader had two hits, including a double. Chequamegon had 12 hits on the night, including two by Ernest,who also scored three runs.
Dane walked just one and fanned two.
Marathon 11, Chequamegon 1 (5)
Marathon rapped 11 hits to go along with a healthy mix of Chequamegon errors in an 11-1 home victory on Thursday, May 14. On the flipside, the Screaming Eagles managed just a pair of hits -- back-to-back singles by Megan Mader and Remi Orr -- which led to their only run in the second.
Chequamegon 12, Cochrane-Fountain City 8
Ernest had a 6-for-9 day with a double, home run and five runs batted in as the Div. 3 16th-ranked (The Fastpitch Chronicle)Screaming Eagles defeated Div. 4 12th-ranked Cochrane-Fountain City 12-8 and Neillsville 7-3 in round-robin play on Saturday, May 16, in Neillsville.
Dane and Megan Mader allowed just one earned run on the day.
“Both pitchers threw well and we hit the ball pretty well,” Screaming Eagles’ Coach Ken Dischler said. “We had one stretch where we couldn’t catch a cold and some other errors popped up to bite us. Fortunately, we were able to overcome them.”
Chequamegon plated a solo run in the first against C-FC (15-4) on a walk to Emily Mader and Morgan Hilgart’s sacrifice fly. Ernest singled in the third ahead of Hilgart’s RBI double and Megan Mader’s RBI single. Chequamegon built its lead to 7-0 with a four-run fourth. After two were out, Orr and Dane singled and Makayla Casey and Korrie Herbst walked to plate a run. Emily Mader followed with an RBI single and Ernest capped the frame with a two-run double.
Four errors fueled a six-run fourth for C-FC, and an unearned run in the fifth tied the score. Both teams tallied solo runs in the sixth.
Dane singled and Klaudia Swanson walked to open the Chequamegon seventh. Herbst reached on an error to load the bases and Emily Mader and Ernest followed with RBI singles. Two outs later, Megan Mader rapped a two-run single.
“The girls did a great job riding out the storm. Bruiser (Dane) stayed the course in the circle and the bottom of our order made some things happen in the seventh ahead of clutch hits by Pudge (Emily Mader), EE (Ernest) and Fuzz (Megan Mader),” Dischler said.
Ernest and Megan Mader drove in three runs each and Emily Mader and Hilgart drove in two each. Ernest was 4-for-5 and Emily Mader, Hilgart, Megan Mader and Dane had two hits each.
Dane allowed only one earned run on six hits and four walks, fanning five.
Chequamegon 7, Neillsville 3
The Screaming Eagles jumped on Neillsville for six first-inning runs. Emily Mader led off with a single ahead of a two-run homer by Ernest. Masterson singled and Hilgart rapped an RBI double. After a walk to Megan Mader, Orr singled and Dane lifted a sacrifice fly. After an RBI ground out by Casey, Maggie Nesbit singled home the final run of the inning.
A double by Orr and two-out RBI single by Nesbit accounted for a run in the fourth.
Neillsville (9-9) scored twice in the third and once in the seventh.
Megan Mader allowed six hits and two walks, striking out four. All three runs against her were unearned.
Emily Mader, Ernest, Masterson, Orr and Nesbit had two hits each. Ernest and Nesbit drove in a pair of runs.
Cochrane-Fountain City edged Neillsville 8-7 in the day’s opening game.
Chequamegon 20, Phillips 2
The Screaming Eagles capitalized on errors and walks en route to a 20-2 victory over Phillips on Monday, May 18, at the Park Falls Athletic Complex. Chequamegon improved to 9-1 in the Marawood North Conference.
The Loggers tallied a solo run in the first inning, but Chequamegon answered with five in its half of the inning, capped by a two-run double by Orr and RBI single by Casey.
The Screaming Eagles tacked on four in the second with Dane and Korrie Herbst singling home runs.
Orr's three run homer and a three-run double by Hilgart fueled an 11-run third inning for the Screaming Eagles.
Megan Mader notched the win, allowing six hits and fanning two.
Orr and Hilgart were both 3-for-4 on the night with Orr driving in five runs and Hilgart four.
Chequamegon closes its regular season today, Thursday, May 21, with a 5 p.m. home game against the Northwestern Tigers. WIAA regional play begins on Tuesday, May 26.
Screaming Eagles go 4-2 on week; improve to 8-1 in MNC play
The Chequamegon High School softball team went 2-0 in Marawood North Conference action this past week and 1-2 at the Gilman-Thorp SlamFest. Starting the week with a win at Drummond, Chequamegon is 11-5 overall and sits atop the MNC standings with a record of 8-1.
Mackenzie Dane tossed a five-hitter with three walks and four strikeouts in a 13-3 win at Drummond on Tuesday, May 5. Kayla Herbst and Remi Orr had two hits apiece to lead the 10-hit effort by the Screaming Eagles. Orr and Korrie Herbst drove in two runs each.
Chequamegon took a 2-0 lead in the third with Korrie Herbst and Emily Mader driving in runs, but Drummond answered to knot the score in the bottom of the frame.
Klaudia Swanson led off the Chequamegon fifth with a triple before Korrie Herbst was hit by a pitch. Makayla Casey drove in a run and Herbst scored later in the frame to give the Screaming Eagles a 4-2 lead. Back-to-back singles by Megan Mader and Orr led to runs scored by Ally Derr and Kayla Herbst in the sixth.
Chequamegon tacked on seven in the seventh, with Kayla Herbst starting and capping the rally with singles and Orr rapping a two-run double. Dane added an RBI single.
The Screaming Eagles rapped four doubles and two home runs to back the six-hit pitching of Megan Mader in an 11-1 five-inning victory over Edgar on Friday, May 8, at the Park Falls Athletic Complex. Mader fanned four and walked none.
Emily Mader led off the Chequamegon first with a double and courtesy runner Swanson scored on Danielle Masterson's single. Morgan Hilgart doubled and Megan Mader singled home a run to close the frame. Masterson belted a three-run, two-out double in the Chequamegon second.
Emily Mader led off the Chequamegon fourth with her third hit of the night and Swanson scored her third run on an RBI double by Emily Ernest. Megan Mader plated a run with a suicide squeeze and Dane lined a two-run homer to cap the five-run inning.
Ernest hit a two-out dinger in the fifth to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Chequamegon beat Glenwood City and lost to Stevens Point Pacelli and Arcadia at the Gilman-Thorp SlamFest on Saturday, May 9.
The Screaming Eagles opened the day with a 10-2 victory over Glenwood City behind the pitching of Dane. Chequamegon rapped 12 hits in the game, including two each by Masterson, Megan Mader and Korrie Herbst. Chequamegon broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning, highlighted by Ernest's three-run triple.
Pacelli (15-3), ranked fourth in Div. 4 by the Fastpitch Chronicle, scored solo runs in each of the first three innings and three in the fourth to open a 6-0 lead over Chequamegon in game two. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Hilgart and Megan Mader cut the deficit to 6-2, but Pacelli tacked on two unearned runs in the fifth to lead 8-2. Singles by Masterson and Megan Mader set the table for RBI singles by Orr and Dane in a three-run sixth for Chequamegon. Masterson, Mader and Orr each had two hits in the game.
Five errors fueled Arcadia's 12-8 victory over the Screaming Eagles in the day's final game. Chequamegon fell behind 6-1 before putting up a five-spot in the third, with Dane drilling a three-run triple and Casey following with an RBI single. Arcadia regained the lead with four runs in the fourth and two in the fifth. Masterson had three doubles in the game and Casey had three hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs.
"We hit and pitched well enough to probably win all three games, but made some uncharacteristic mistakes on defense, including errors and not getting to some balls we maybe should have," Screaming Eagles' Coach Ken Dischler said. "We had committed 21 errors in 13 games heading into Saturday's second game, but had five each against Pacelli and Arcadia. Fourteen unearned runs in two games is tough to overcome."
Masterson went 7-for-12 on the day and Megan Mader was 5-for-9.
"There were a lot of really good things," Dischler said. "Nellie (Masterson) and Fuzz (Mader) had big days at the plate and our starters hit pretty well throughout the line-up. Fuzz and Bruiser (Dane) pitched pretty well through some adversity and against some pretty good line-ups. We got some valuable game experience for many of our reserves. We have a few players nursing some aches and pains and had some girls step in and up. We grew up a little today."
Megan Mader fanned 11 in a five-inning four-hitter, backed by 15 hits, as the Screaming Eagles defeated Rib Lake 15-1 in MNC action on Monday, May 11.
Dane went 4-for-4 on the night with seven runs driven in. She had a two-run single in the first inning, RBI singles in the second and fourth innings, and a three-run double in the fifth. Ernest, Masterson, Hilgart and Megan Mader added two hits each for the Screaming Eagles, with Hilgart driving in three runs. Shelby Zillmer scored three times.
Chequamegon travels to Marathon for a 4:45 p.m. game today, Thursday, May 14 and to Neillsville on Saturday, May 16, to play Cochrane-Fountain City at noon and the host school at 1:30 p.m.
It’s back to MNC play on Monday, May 18, when the Screaming Eagles host Phillips at 4:45 p.m. Prentice/Butternut is at Chequamegon at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, to wrap up the MNC slate with a pair of games. Chequamegon will close the regular season on Thursday, May 21, hosting Northwestern at 5 p.m.
Screaming Eagles win three to move into first-place tie in MNC
Staring at a 4-1 deficit with only four outs remaining, the Chequamegon High School softball team rallied for four runs after two were out in the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead, and tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning for a 7-5 victory at Athens on Monday, May 4.
With the win, the Screaming Eagles moved into a first-place tie in the Marawood North Conference with the Div. 4 5th-ranked Bluejays, each with conference records of 6-1. Chequamegon is 7-3 overall.
Danielle Masterson's RBI single plated Emily Mader in the top of the first inning. Athens tallied four unearned runs after two were out in the bottom of the second.
A two-out error in the sixth scored Morgan Hilgart, who had doubled, and Mackenzie Dane followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Both runners scored on Makayla Casey's grounder, which was booted. A walk to Kayla Herbst and single by Emily Mader loaded the bases ahead of an RBI single by Emily Ernest which plated Casey with the go-ahead run.
After a 1-2-3 sixth, Hilgart reached on an error, Orr singled, and Dane followed with an RBI single. Orr scored on Casey's RBI grounder to give the Screaming Eagles a three-run cushion. Athens tallied once in the bottom of the seventh.
“Bandit (Casey) had some huge at bats,” Screaming Eagles’ Coach Ken Dischler said. “She had singled in the fifth, then put the ball in play in both the sixth and seventh innings to make things happen. Down 4-1 with two outs in the sixth, it would have been easy for the girls to tuck their tails and hide, but they kept battling and battling and took the lead. Play Hard. Honor God.”
Ernest, Hilgart and Dane had two hits each to spark the Screaming Eagles' 10-hit attack.
“Mo (Hilgart) is really swinging the bat well, Double-E (Ernest) is hitting the ball really well, and Bruiser (Dane) just keeps coming up with big hits. This past week, the girls have hit the ball well from top to bottom,” Dischler said.
Megan Mader tossed a six-hitter with four walks and four strikeouts and was backed by a pair of double plays on liners to Masterson at shortstop. She allowed only one earned run.
Chequamegon 12, @Abbotsford 1
The Screaming Eagles pounded out 14 hits to back the four-hit pitching of Dane in a 12-1 victory at Abbotsford on Friday, May 1.
Dane walked and struck out three, throwing just 91 pitches over her seven innings of work.
“Bruiser (Dane) was pretty much in charge the whole way. She faced five or fewer batters in each inning and nothing was hit hard off of her,” Dischler said. “For the second game in a row, Pudge (Emily Mader) gunned down a would-be base stealer in the first inning. Those are huge outs.”
Orr's two-run homer cracked the scoreboard in the Chequamegon second inning. The Screaming Eagles tacked on four in the third on a single by Emily Mader, double by Ernest, sacrifice fly by Masterson, RBI single by Hilgart, an error, a walk and a two-run single by Kayla Herbst. Hilgart doubled and Orr drove in two more runs in a three-run fourth. A three-run seventh was highlighted by an RBI single by Hilgart and two-run single by Megan Mader.
“Remi got us going early with a deep blast to right center. The girls were swinging the bats with confidence,” Dischler said.
The Screaming Eagles had hits in eight of the nine spots in the batting order, including a 3-for-4 night for Hilgart and two hits each by Emily Mader, Masterson, Orr and Herbst . Herbst had three RBI on the night and Hilgart scored four times.
Chequamegon 7, @Phillips 1
Megan Mader held the Phillips Loggers in check and the Screaming Eagles erupted for five runs in the fourth inning en route to a 7-1 victory at Phillips in MNC softball action on Thursday, April 30.
Mader didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and only two into the seventh before three Logger singles led to their only tally. Mader scattered five hits, fanned five and walked one, inducing 13 ground ball outs, including five come-backers.
“Megan was really sharp and fielded her spot very well,” Dischler said.
Masterson and Hilgart led off the Chequamegon fifth with back-to-back doubles, Mader singled home a run, Orr singled and Dane followed with the first of her two run-scoring doubles on the night. Klaudia Swanson and Korrie Herbst each had RBI ground outs to cap the scoring in the inning.
“We got some productive at bats all the way through the order. We’ve moved some speed to the eight and nine holes and will try to capitalize on that,” Dischler said.
Masterson, Hilgart and Dane had two hits each for the Screaming Eagles and Dane drove in a pair of runs. Ally Derr and Hilgart each scored twice.
The Screaming Eagles travel to Prentice/Butternut today, Thursday, May 7, for a 4:45 p.m. MNC start and host Edgar at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Park Falls Athletic Complex.
On Saturday, Chequamegon will play three games in the Gilman/Thorp SlamFest, facing Glenwood City at 10 a.m. at Gilman High School; Stevens Point Pacelli at 2 p.m. at Thorp High School; and Arcadia at 4 p.m. at Thorp High School. Pacelli is the second-ranked Div. 4 team in the state.
The Screaming Eagles travel to Rib Lake on Monday, May 11, for a 4:45 p.m. MNC game, and host Hurley at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12.
Screaming Eagles notch pair of MNC wins; edged at Stratford
The Chequamegon High School softball team improved to 3-1 in Marawood North Conference action with a pair of MNC victories this past week before falling to Stratford in a match-up of highly ranked teams.
Chequamegon 10, Edgar 7
The Screaming Eagles erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning en route to a 10-7 MNC victory at Edgar on Thursday, April 23.
Aided by a couple of Wildcat errors, the Screaming Eagles rapped eight hits in the inning, including doubles by Emily Ernest, Morgan Hilgart and Danielle Masterson, and a two-run dinger by Remi Orr.
“We had some good at bats early, but things really came together in the fifth and the girls hit some shots,” Chequamegon Coach Ken Dischler said.
Chequamegon led 9-2 after the fifth before allowing two Edgar runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Megan Mader pitched the first five innings for the victory, surrendering two runs, fanning four and walking none. Her defense backed her with two 6-4-3 double plays.
Emily Mader had three hits and scored three times for Chequamegon. Ernest, Masterson and Hilgart had two hits each.
Chequamegon 14, Rib Lake 0 (5)
Chequamegon's Mackenzie Dane struck out eight and walked one in a five-inning, two-hit victory over Rib Lake in MNC action on Friday, April 24, at the Park Falls Athletic Complex.
The Screaming Eagles pounded out 11 hits and drew seven walks on the night. Masterson had a triple among her three hits, Hilgart double twice and Emily Mader had two hits, including a double. Masterson, Hilgart and Dane each drove in a pair of runs.
Stratford 3, Chequamegon 2
The Fastpitch Chronicle's 10th- and 16th-ranked Div. 3 teams met up in Stratford on Monday, April 27, with the No. 16 Tigers emerging with a 3-2 victory on their home field.
The Screaming Eagles opened the game with consecutive singles by Emily Mader, Ernest and Masterson to open the scoring before a line-out double play.
“We had a great shot there to break the game open early. They made a good play on a hard-hit ball,” Dischler said. “We had another opportunity in the third with bases loaded and one out but didn’t come up with the big hit.”
Stratford scored an unearned run in the third and added solo tallies in the fourth and sixth to take a 3-1 lead.
Emily Mader blasted a two-out homer in the seventh for Chequamegon. Ernest singled before Masterson drilled a liner to right which was caught on the shoe tops to end the game.
Emily Mader and Ernest had three hits each for the Screaming Eagles.
“It was a pretty well-played game between evenly matched teams. They got a couple of clutch hits and we didn’t deliver when we had opportunities. Megan (Mader) threw well; we just didn’t get the timely hits,” Dischler said.
Chequamegon (4-3 overall) is at Phillips today, Thursday, April 30, with first pitch slated for 4:45 p.m. in the first of three pivotal MNC tilts. The Screaming Eagles are at Abbotsford on Friday, May 1, and travel to Athens on Monday, May 4. Chequamegon will travel to Drummond for non-conference play on Tuesday, May 5.
Medford edges Screaming Eagles 2-1 in 10 innings
Medford senior Kayla Hartl and Chequamegon freshman Mackenzie Dane went toe-to-toe in the circle in non-conference softball action Friday, April 17, with the host Raiders eking out a 2-1 victory in 10 innings.
Hartl struck out 20 with no walks, allowing six hits. Dane gave up just five hits, striking out nine and walking six.
“Both pitchers threw well. We weren’t as disciplined as usual and chased too many high pitches,” Screaming Eagles’ Coach Ken Dischler said. “Bruiser (Dane) did a great job in her first high school game in the circle. Only two balls were hit hard off her, but both counted. We just didn’t do enough offensively to get her the win. Pudge (Emily Mader) also had a great game behind the dish. Nothing got by her and she gunned down two would-be base stealers.”
Chequamegon scored in the top of the sixth when Emily Mader reached and later scored on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Danielle Masterson.
Kaitlin Walsh's solo home run to lead off the Medford half of the six knotted the score.
In the seventh, Dane launched a deep shot to left which hit the top of the fence and fell into the outfield for a double.
“A game of inches,” Dischler said. “If that ball goes over the fence, we win 2-1.”
After two were out in the bottom of the 10th, Sydney Elsner singled for Medford and then scored on Jenna Klemm's walk-off double.
Morgan Hilgart had two hits for Chequamegon, including a double, and Emily Ernest had two hits.
The Screaming Eagles (2-2) host Rib Lake at 4:45 p.m. Friday in Marawood North Conference action at the Park Falls Athletic Complex. Chequamegon travels to Stratford on Monday for a 4:45 p.m. game.
The Screaming Eagles’ JV team beat Medford 12-6 and Lakeland 16-0 on Saturday, April 18, to win first place in the Medford JV Invite. Dane notched the win against Medford and Hope Grubb pitched the shutout vs. Lakeland. Ally Derr had three hits on the day for Chequamegon.
Screaming Eagles split in MNC tilts
With two all-conference pitchers squaring off in the circle, hits and runs were expected to be at a premium when the Athens and Chequamegon High School softball teams battled on Friday, April 10, at the Park Falls Athletic Complex. When the smoke cleared 24 hits and 15 runs later, Athens got a leg up in the Marawood North Conference race with a 9-6 victory.
Athens rapped 13 hits to 11 for Chequamegon and strung four hits in a row to lead off the pivotal four-run fifth inning. The win went to Kyncaide Diedrich, the reigning Div. 4 state player of the year and three-time MNC North player of the year, who walked three and struck out five.
“Eleven hits and six runs should win, but Athens also hit the ball well and got the better of us today,” Screaming Eagles’ Coach Ken Dischler said. “We’ll stick to our plan and hopefully be in position the next time we meet to contend again for a conference title.”
Emily Mader led off the Chequamegon first inning with a double and scored on Megan Mader’s ground out. A two-run homer by Kaitlin Felzkowski put Athens on top in the second inning. The Screaming Eagles tied things up in their half of the second on Kenzi Dane’s double and a two-out RBI single by Abby Lee. Athens’ Emily Czech rapped a two-run double in the third and the Blue Jays added an unearned run in the fourth to lead 5-2. A triple by Dane and RBI double by Korrie Herbst trimmed it to 5-3 after four complete. Athens’ four-spot in the fifth was the back-breaker.
Chequamegon inched closer on Morgan Hilgart’s two-run home in the fifth and Dane’s second double and fourth hit of the game drove in the Screaming Eagles’ final tally in the seventh.
Emily Mader was 3-for-4 for the Screaming Eagles, who had six different players break into the hit column.
“Bruiser (Dane) and Pudge (Emily Mader) have really been hitting the ball well and we’ve had double-digit hits in each of our three games. We still feel we can and will hit the ball better,” Dischler said.
Megan Mader took the loss, striking out three and walking none. She has allowed just one walk in three games.
“Megan is throwing really well,” Dischler said. “If we get one or two pitches back and clean up a couple things on defense, we probably get the win, but that’s the game some days. We only had two errors, but were a little tentative on a couple plays and could probably have taken a couple hits away. We’re inexperienced in a couple spots. Nothing teaches the game like playing the game and we’ll become better from this.”
The Screaming Eagles erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning en route to a 10-0 victory over Abbotsford on Tuesday, April 7, at the Park Falls Athletic Complex.
Megan Mader spun her second shutout of the season, scattering five hits, walking one and fanning five.
Megan was very efficient and pretty well in control. She worked her way out of a couple situations to keep the shutout intact,” Dischler said. “We got off to a shaky start with our only error of the game and only walk, but Megan closed the frame with back-to-back punchouts.”
Chequamegon broke the ice with two on and two out in the third when Hilgart doubled home the game’s first run and Remi Orr followed with a two-run single.
“We finally got something brewing on a couple of badly needed clutch hits there by Mo and Remi,” Dischler said.
The Screaming Eagles batted around in the seventh with Megan Mader leading off the inning with a double and ending the game via the 10-run rule with a RBI double. Orr rapped another two-run single and Emily Mader plated a run on a suicide squeeze. The game ended on consecutive doubles by Emily Ernest, Danielle Masterson and Megan Mader . Ernest had a pair of doubles in the game.
The Screaming Eagles return to action at Medford for a 5 p.m. game on Friday, April 17.
Chequamegon hosts Tomahawk on Monday, April 20, on “Kick the Can” day at the Park Falls Athletic Complex. The Screaming Eagles baseball team and track teams also host home contests that day.
“It’s always fun when all of us are home on the same day,” Dischler said, “and on Monday, we hope to generate some momentum for fundraising to ‘Kick the Can’ (build a new restroom facility at the complex).”
Chequamegon travels to Edgar on Tuesday, April 21 (4:45 p.m.) in the first meeting between the teams as members of the Marawood North Conference.
Screaming Eagles blank Spencer 3-0
Senior Megan Mader shut out Spencer on two hits in a 3-0 season-opening victory for the Chequamegon High School softball team on Tuesday, March 31.
Mader fanned nine and walked none and helped her own cause with five defensive assists.
“Megan was really sharp,” Screaming Eagles’ Coach Ken Dischler said. “She needed just 75 pitches, throwing 56 strikes. Her location was good and she mixed her pitches well.”
Chequamegon loaded the bases with no one out in the top of the first inning on an error, a base hit by Emily Ernest and a sacrifice bunt. Emily Mader scored on a wild pitch, but that’s all the Screaming Eagles could muster.
In the fifth, Emily Mader rapped a one-out double and scored on a throwing error.
Ernest smoked a solo home run to left for the final tally in the seventh.
“We let Spencer off the hook a couple of times when we had opportunities to hang some crooked numbers,” Dischler said. “First time out, we were a bit anxious. Emily Ernest (3-for-4) hit the hard all day, and Mackenzie Dane, in her varsity debut as a freshman, looked good at the plate (2-for-3). Pudge (Emily Mader) did a good job in the leadoff spot, getting on and scoring twice. Our defense was solid. It was a nice way to start the season.”
Screaming Eagles launch 2015 campaign
The Chequamegon High School softball team returns seven starters and five players who earned Marawood North Conference honors from the 2014 squad which finished 19-6, shared the MNC championship for the third straight season, and won three straight regional titles.
“We’ll lean heavily on our four seniors, who are 55-20 in their three seasons to date,” Screaming Eagles’ Coach Ken Dischler said. “We feel we have a pretty talented group of players, but so do many of our opponents, and we have a very challenging schedule. We’ll need to bring our “A” game each and every time we take the field.”
Chequamegon is ranked 7th in the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association pre-season poll and plays eight games against teams which are also ranked in the pre-season poll, including two match-ups with Athens, ranked 3rd in Div. 4. Since the then Park Falls Cardinals joined the MNC in 2008-09, the MNC title has been either won or shared by Park Falls/Chequamegon (one outright, three shared) or Athens (two outright, three shared).
“Obviously, Athens will be in the hunt again, but I expect Phillips and Abbotsford to be in the mix as well, and Edgar comes in as somewhat of an unknown, at least for us,” Dischler said of the MNC race.
The Screaming Eagles return three seniors who have earned MNC honors multiple times.
Danielle Masterson was a first-team selection the past two seasons and second-teamer as a freshman. She has a career batting average of .432 and career fielding percentage of .931 at shortstop. Last season, she led her team with a batting average of .470, seven home runs, 39 hits, 33 runs scored, a .511 on-base average, 66 total bases and a .795 slugging average.
Returning in the circle is Megan Mader, who has a career record of 25-12 and ERA of 3.24. She was a first-team MNC selection as a freshman and sophomore and second-teamer last season. She had a 7-4 record and 3.30 ERA last season, with 55 strikeouts vs. 19 walks in 63.2 innings of work. She hit .361 with 11 doubles and three home runs, slugging .639 with 26 runs batted in.
Morgan Hilgart, who earned second-team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention as a junior, returns at second base, where she fielded .942 last season, handling 84 chances. She hit .435 last season with 11 doubles, two triples and a home run. She had 31 hits, scored 28 runs, drove in 23 and stole 12 bases.
The fourth senior is Makayla Casey, a two-year starter in left field. She has a .294 career batting average.
Junior Emily Mader returns behind the dish. She earned second-team MNC honors last season. She hit .435 with 30 hits, including five doubles, with 17 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Earning honorable mention in the MNC as a freshman last season was first baseman Remi Orr, who hit .459 and slugged .639 with five doubles and two home runs.
Junior Emily Ernest rounds out the infield for the Screaming Eagles, moving from right field to third base. Last season, she hit .317 with three doubles and a triple, and stole 9 bases.
Junior Abby Lee, a career .378 hitter, can play any of the infield positions and opens the season as the designated player.
Sophomore Tess Richard is is rehabbing a knee injury and is hopeful to return to action late this season.
Makenzie Dane will make her pitching debut this season and is in the outfield mix with fellow freshmen Kayla and Korrie Herbst.
Also returning are juniors Trista Cegielski and Shelby Zillmer, and sophomores Maggie Nesbit, Hope Grubb, Gabrielle Schmidt, Ally Derr and Maria Hecimovich. Newcomers to the team are junior Allison Krygoski, sophomores Klaudia Swanson and Kayla Ugoretz, and freshmen Kylie Sales, Maggie Miller and Skylar Pankratz. Managers are Abby Zillmer, Miranda Dane and Josi Orr.
Coaches for the Screaming Eagle are Dischler, Dave BeBeau, Buck Masterson and Dan Herbst.
The Screaming Eagles were slated to open the season on Tuesday, March 31, at Spencer. The game was moved up from April 23.
Chequamegon’s home debut is set for Monday, April 6, at 5 p.m. against Gilman, ranked ninth in the Div. 4 preseason poll. MNC play is slated to begin on Tuesday, April 7, with the Screaming Eagles hosting Abbotsford at 4:45 p.m. Chequamegon travels to Athens on Friday, April 10.
Other ranked teams on the Chequamegon schedule are Marathon (8th in Div. 3), Arcadia (9th in Div. 3), Neillsville (honorable mention in Div. 3), Stevens Point Pacelli (2nd in Div. 4),and Cochrane-Fountain City (7th in Div. 4). The Screaming Eagles will play Pacelli, the 2012 Div. 3 state champion, and Arcadia, the defending Div. 3 state champion, in back-to-back games on Saturday, May 9, in Thorp.