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May 10, 2018

Bethany Wood

Kelsie Draeger and Wisconsin Heights' girls softball team are one game behind Marshall in the Southern Capitol Conference.

It didn't end the way they had hoped.

But the good news for Wisconsin Heights' girls softball team is they remain in position to achieve all of their dreams.

The Vanguards dropped a 2-0, 10-inning thriller at Marshall last Monday in a game that will eventually help decide the Southern Capitol Conference champion.

Marshall improved to 9-1 overall and leads the league at 6-0. Heights fell to 5-1, 4-1, but remains right in the thick of the conference race.

The Vanguards get another chance at the Cardinals when they host Marshall Wednesday at 5 p.m. If Heights wins, it will be in a position to share the conference title.

"This was a tough loss," admitted Heights coach Dennis Wood.

That's for sure.

Heights pitcher Tayler Kraemer threw a gem in the 10-inning contest. Kraemer struck out 15, scattered eight hits, walked four and allowed just two runs.

"We had several chances to score but lacked the clutch hit with runners in scoring position," Wood said.

Kourtney Mercer had two hits for the Vanguards, while Tayler Kraemer and Jada Wood also added hits. But that was all the offense Heights could muster.

"Confidence in hitting against a good pitcher is a must as every at bat and every pitch is crucial," Wood said.

Tayler Kraemer was sensational for the Vanguards throughout.

But with one-out in the 10th, Marshall junior Caitlyn Brewer ripped a two-run, walk off home run.

"This game was all about pitching, a real 'pitcher's duel' right down to the end," Wood said. "Each pitcher threw over 120 pitches with each having several key strikeouts.

"As a coach I couldn't ask anything more of a pitcher. (Kraemer) performed at the highest level. For every good pitcher we need a good receiver/catcher to handle the game and Miranda Keith was up to the task."

Wisconsin Heights 15, New Glarus 0 - The Vanguards cruised past the Glarner Knights last Friday. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Kelsie Drager threw three innings and notched the win for Heights. The Vanguards also pounded out 18 hits and scored nine runs in the third inning and six more in the fourth.

Wisconsin Heights 15, New Glarus 0

New Glarus .......... 000 00 - 0 1 2

Wis. Heights ......... 009 60 - 15 18 1

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) - Parker (W; 4-18-12-2-2); Drager (W; 3-1-0-1-4); Kraemer (2-1-0-1-2).

Leading hitters - WH: Drager 2x3, Mercer 3x4, Kraemer 3x4, Kraemer 2x4. 2B - Mercer, Kraemer 2, Kraemer. 3B - Drager. HR - Keith.


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