Softball: Florence rallies, beats Patriots 14-3

Florence's Syd Tomczak drops down a bunt Wednesday in a WIAA Division 5 regional softball game with Goodman-Pembine. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence got off to its usual slow start before beating Goodman-Pembine 14-3 in a WIAA Division 5 softball regional Wednesday.

The top-seeded Bobcats (13-2) trailed 2-0 before scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning and five in the second.

“Naturally, we started off slow and just picked it up,” said Florence coach Dan Robinson. “We played real good ball.”

Florence pitcher Syd Tomczak threw a four-hitter, with two coming in the Patriots’ two-run first inning. Kalli Erickson doubled to left field for one of the hits.

Tomczak also struck out six and walked two. Patriots pitcher Kalen Berger gave up 11 hits.

“She threw pretty hard,” Robinson said.

Florence pulled ahead 9-2 after two innings and added three runs in the third and three in the fourth.

The game ended in the fifth inning when the Patriots scored their final run.

Tomczak and catcher Kendra Milan each had three hits. Faith Neuens and Milan each tripled.

Robinson also recognized Bailey Apfel and Danessa Wegand for hits.

“The girls are really coming on,” Robinson said.

Florence will host Wausaukee at 4 p.m. Friday in a regional final. The winner will meet Niagara or Marinette STAA in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, May 29, at Almond-Bancroft.