Softball: Florence sweeps Crandon for NLC lead

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence held off Crandon, 6-5 and 9-2, to sweep a Northern Lakes Conference softball doubleheader Thursday.

The Bobcats (5-1, 3-1) scored three runs in the first inning and three in the third to build a 6-4 lead in the first game.

Pitcher Sydney Tomczak “scattered” eight hits, according to coach Dan Robinson, along with four strikeouts and no walks.

Jenna Springer accounted for three of Florence’s seven hits. Faith Neuens added a triple and single.

“We struggled a little bit pulled through like we always do,” Robinson said.

In the second game, Tomczak allowed four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

Florence’s Kendra Millan hit a two-run homer and single. Faith Neuens also had two of the Bobcats’ eight hits. Danessa Wegand added a single.

A six-run second inning triggered Florence, which hosts Elcho on Monday and Laona-Wabeno on Tuesday.

Niagara sweeps Oneida Nation

ONEIDA, Wis. — The Niagara Badgers swept Oneida Nation with a pair of mercy-rule wins on Thursday.

The Badgers took the first game 11-1 and the second game 20-4. Niagara head coach Duane Blagec said the first counted as a conference game while the second did not.

Niagara opened the day with a five-run first inning in the first game. Alison Wells went 3 for 4 and was the team’s only batter with multiple hits.

Jaden Payette took the win on the mound for Niagara in the first game, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out three.

Jenny Olson doubled and had two singles for Niagara in the second game. Sydney Hedmark ended the game with a two RBI-single to right field.

Marissa Blosser was 1 for 3 for Niagara when she hit a deep three RBI-double off the centerfield fence.

Noelle Champagne pitched the second game for the Badgers, giving up two hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Niagara plays at Goodman-Pembine today.