Hatchet softball rolls into regional title game

The Hatchet softball team got off to a great start in the post-season, crushing Wautoma 15-0 in the regional semi-final Thursday night. The mercy rule ended the game after four innings. Tomahawk hurler Rachel Dallman was dominant in the circle, pitching a perfect game.

“Rachel Dallman controlled the game from the start,” said Hatchet coach John Larson. “She faced the minimum, tossed a no hitter and as a result tossed a perfect game. She struck out 8 of the 12 batters she faced. Rachel did a nice job of moving the ball around and changing speed.”

The Tomahawk offense pounded out 12 hits in the game.

“Offensively we did a good job of adjusting to the speed of Wautoma’s pitching,” Larson said. “We were patient and disciplined at the plate and as a result hit the ball very well.”

Whitney Osero had a big night at the plate going 3-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. Jordyn Kaminski, Megan Marcks and Haley Voermans-Dean also had two hits each.

“We also continue to run the bases very well,” Larson added. “We are always looking for that extra base and I really like how aggressive we are. The girls do a good job of taking advantage of any little miscue by our opponent. We ended the night also with eight stolen bases.”

While Wautoma wasn’t able to generate any offense, Tomahawk’s defense recorded no errors on the night.

“Biggest thing is that when your pitcher is in complete control of the game, you can get lulled to sleep,” Larson noted. “We did a good job of staying focused and when we needed to make a play we did.”

Tomahawk now hosts Peshtigo today in the Regional Championship game.

“We had an awesome crowd behind us on Wednesday,” Larson said. “I hope we can get that same crowd at the field on Friday.”

The Hatchets finished 9-3 in the Great Northern Conference and own a 12-7 overall record this season.

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