Softball: Coleman shuts down Niagara

COLEMAN, Wis. — Niagara had no answers for Coleman pitcher Annabelle Kotecki on Thursday in the season finale.

Kotecki gave up just three hits and struck out 11 in Coleman’s 11-1 M&O Conference win over the Badgers.

“Dominating performance by Kotecki on the mound,” Niagara coach Duane Blagec said. “She’s more than likely going to be the player of the year in the conference. We couldn’t get a bat on the ball. She was pretty dominant.”

Kotecki also supported her cause by hitting 3 for 4 with two triples. She also had run support from the Coleman lineup. Coleman racked up 15 hits off Niagara pitcher Jasmine Racine and scored in five of six innings.

“They just have a solid lineup from top to bottom. We kept them to single runs there until the fourth inning. We made a couple errors and when you put errors together, next thing you know, the runs start crossing the plate,” Blagec said. “We got beat by a better team. That’s what I told the girls last night. Sometimes your opponent is just better than you are. Happened with Kingsford this week. The girls gave me everything they got, but sometimes the other team is just better than you are.”

Niagara’s lone run came in the fifth inning when Sydney Loukus singled Maddie Colburn from second.

Niagara, a No. 4 seed in the Division 5 WIAA state tournament beginning next week, hosts No. 5 Bowler on Wednesday. The game time has not yet been listed as of Friday morning.

Coleman, a No. 2 seed in the Division 4 bracket, faces the winner of No. 7 Laona-Wabeno vs. No. 10 Menominee on Wednesday.

Niagara 000 010 — 1

Coleman 110 243 — 11