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Despite sweep, Goslings softball fundraiser a success

April 25, 2018

Watertown hosted its Striking Out Cancer benefit in conjunction with Monday’s softball doubleheader.

The Goslings used the event to raise money for the Hinrichs family with nine-time state champion Stevens Point visiting. With three former players in the family, there’s a strong bond between the Hinrichs family and the program.

“It was awesome,” Watertown coach Patty Jansen said.

Unfortunately, on the diamond, so were the Panthers. Watertown got reminded that extra outs and quality squads lead to equations with numbers the Goslings would rather not see, such as 10-0 and 7-1 losses.

In game one, four errors led to eight unearned runs. When the Goslings let makeable plays get away, the Panthers (7-0) turned the first two into three-run innings.

“Stevens Point is a great team with a great legacy,” Jansen said. “Expectations are set high for them, like ours. They’re a staple at state for sure.”

Gosling miscues led to a 6-0 deficit after three innings in game one. Watertown starter Katie Linskens walked three batters in those frames but could have easily gotten out of both unscathed.

“We can’t give any extra outs and that’s our number one priority right now, especially in big games against quality opponents,” Jansen said. “We make two plays and it’s 0-0.”

Watertown stranded seven runners against Panther starter Andrea Cherney, who struck out six in five innings of work. When the Goslings finally loaded the bases against reliever Kristen Richter, pinch-hitter Adrianna Hady lined a ball to third that could not have been better placed for a Point double play.

“Some teams we have to learn how to battle,” Jansen said. “It’s going to take us some time to figure out how to do that. That’s the best pitcher we’ve faced this year.”

In game two, half of the Panther runs in a six-run first were unearned.

“We know we’ll give up runs, so we have to manufacture some,” Jansen said. “We take a lot of pride in our defense so part of why we play teams like this is that they push us to be perfect.”

Paige Bacchi went 3-for-3 in the first game. Lauren Harshberger had a pair of hits in game two for the Goslings, who continue a stretch of seven games in four days when Madison Edgewood visits for today’s Badger South twin bill.

STEVENS POINT 10, WATERTOWN 0

Stevens Point 033 002 2 — 10 9 1

Watertown 000 000 0 — 0 6 4

WP: Cherney

LP: Linskens

Leading hitters — A. Miklesh 2x5 (SP), M. Miklesh 2x4 (SP); Bacchi 3x3 (W).

STEVENS POINT 7, WATERTOWN 1

Stevens Point 600 001 0 — 7 15 1

Watertown 000 100 0 — 1 6 2

WP: Jones

LP: Dunn

Leading hitters — A. Miklesh 2x5 (SP), M. Miklesh 2x4 (SP), Saloun 2x3 (SP), Fink 2x4 (SP), Cherney 2x4 (SP), Jones 2x3 (SP); La. Harshberger 2x3 (W). 2B — Saloun (SP), A. Miklesh (SP), Fink (SP); Thompson (W). 3B — Saloun (SP), Earnest (SP).