Red Hawk softball splits four

The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School softball team split its four games last week, winning two of the three Coulee Conference battles it faced.

G-E-T fell to Cochrane-Fountain City and Arcadia (see story elsewhere in Sports) and picked up wins over Viroqua and Westby.

The Red Hawks, now 9-8 on the year including 8-3 in the Coulee, closed the regular season this week with their home finale against Black River Falls (7-8, 5-5 Coulee) on Tuesday.

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A run in the sixth inning was not enough for G-E-T in their nonconference loss against the Pirates (13-5 this season) last Monday.

Both teams finished with six hits, three of the Red Hawks’ coming off the bat of Halene DeJager.

The Pirates opened the scoring with a home run in the second inning, adding a third run before Tatum Johnson got G-E-T on the board in the top of the sixth.

DeJager pitched all six innings for the visitors, striking out five batters while walking two.

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A seventh-inning explosion on both sides of last Tuesday’s Coulee battle ended with a walk-off win for the host Red Hawks.

With the Blackhawks (7-12, 4-7 Coulee) and Red Hawks tied 1-1 through six innings, Viroqua took a 5-1 lead in the top of the final inning. The Red Hawks used singles from Johnson, Kinley Andersen and DeJager as well as forced walks to score five runs in their turn at the plate to win.

The Red Hawks smashed seven hits, and three different G-E-T players recorded multiple—DeJager again led the way with three singles while Caroline Mack joined Andersen with two apiece.

Samantha Stanton picked up the win in relief, allowing no runs on zero hits and one strikeout in the seventh inning.

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It took the Red Hawks five innings to score 11 runs and pick up their eighth conference win on Friday.

Host G-E-T delivered another high-octane offensive performance against the Norse (3-14, 3-8 Coulee), out-hitting the visitors 11 to two.

Four different players finished with two hits, and Stanton earned her second win of the week, giving up one earned run along with three walks and four strikeouts.

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