The Park Falls Girls' Softball Club's 14-U Diamond Dusters placed fourth in the Altoona Classic Fastpitch Tournament this past weekend.
The Dusters finished 1-1-1 in pool play and advanced to the semifinals before losing in extra innings.
The Dusters opened with a 9-6 victory over eventual tournament champion Shell Lake. Kennedy BeBeau and Rachel Callow each scored three runs and Taylar Bortz scored two. BeBeau was 2-for-2 and Callow went 1-for-1. BeBeau, Bortz, Callow and Kelsie Wiezorek, the top four in the Dusters' line-up, were on base 10 times in 12 plate appearances and scored all nine runs. Eva Pasewald notched the win in the circle with Brook Bogdanovich closing it out for a save.
The Dusters were edged 6-5 by the Winona Winstars after rallying from a 6-1 deficit. Callow, Wiezorek and Kiana Schmidt walked ahead of Bogdanovich's double and a two-out single by Katie Bougard in a four-run fourth. Bogdanovich struck out seven in four innings, allowing just two earned runs.
The Dusters had to play catch-up to forge a 6-6 tie with the Hallie Heat in their final game in pool play. Trailing 3-0, Schmidt walked ahead of singles by Grace Wegner and Pasewald in a two-run second. BeBeau singled and scored in the third to knot it up before the Heat forged ahead 6-3 with three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. Wiezorek singled and Bogdanovich doubled for a run in the fourth. The Dusters tied it in the top of the fifth on singles by Bourgard, Jaylynn Majeski and Callow. The Heat had runners on second and third with one out before Bogdanovich came on in relief to induce a pop up and inning-ending ground out with time expired. Pasewald allowed three earned runs with four strikeouts over 4-1/3 innings.
All four teams in the Dusters' pool won quarterfinal games, with the Dusters knocking out Bloomer 15-6. Bogdanovich allowed three earned runs en route to the victory. BeBeau and Majeski were each 3-for-3 and Bortz, Callow, Bogdanovich and Bourgard had two hits each as the Dusters rapped 16 in the game.
BeBeau, Bortz and Callow led off the semifinal game with hits and all three scored after a 1-2-3 top of the first in the semifinals against the Heat. Wiezorek singled and scored to make it 4-0 after three. Hallie tied things up with a four-run fourth and pulled ahead 7-4 with a three-spot in the fifth. Majeski and Bortz singled and scored and Wiezorek reached on a dropped third strike. Callow came on to run for Wiezorek, stole second and came around to score the tying run. The Heat scored three unearned runs in the extra frame. Wegner drove in a run in the extra inning for the Dusters.
The Winstars jumped to a 4-1 lead in the first inning and closed out the third-place game with three runs in the fifth for a 10-2 victory over the Dusters.
"Overall, it was a good weekend," Dusters' Coach Ken Dischler said. "The girls played six games against good competition, winning two, tying one and being edged in two. All 10 of the girls had shining moments and got better as individuals and as a team."
The Dusters swept a twinbill from Great Divide at the Park Falls Athletic Complex on Thursday, July 7, winning 11-7 and 17-3. Bourgard had four hits on the night and BeBeau, Bortz, Pasewald and Majeski had three hits each. BeBeau and Schmidt scored five runs each. Schmidt and Bourgard had triples. BeBeau and Bortz teamed in the circle for the win in the opener. Pasewald struck out six in three innings in the nightcap.