SPOONER– It was a beautiful, mild Monday evening and the softballs were flying as the Spooner Rail softball team, coached by Ryan McKinney, hosted their neighbors, the Northwood Evergreens, coached by Beth Block.A huge crowd assembled to watch the game, with softball fans from both communities well represented. The Evergreens, behind the strong pitching of senior TeLaura Harings, jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the early going and looked to be running away with the game. But the combined pitching of Jenna Curtis and Audi Blonk slowed down the Evergreen hitters as Spooner began to climb bank into the contest.“After 3 innings Northwood was up 8-0, but Spooner battled back and scored 7 runs in the last 4 to make it an exciting game,” said Coach McKinney. “ Pitcher Audi Blonk strained her leg running to 1st in the first inning and had to leave for a couple innings but came back to pitch 4 shut out innings. I’m proud of the way the girls kept fighting and battled back in the game.”Northwood ended up with 8 runs on 5 hits and committed 4 errors. Spooner had 7 runs on 9 hits and had 1 error.
On Thursday, April 16 the Evergreen girls will host Lake Holcombe/Cornell. Northwood will host Bruce on Monday, April 20. Both games are 5 p.m. starts.
Spooner will open Heart O’ North Conference play on Thursday, April 16 as they host the Barron Golden Bears. On Monday Spooner will be on the road as they travel to Drummond. Those games also both begin at 5 p.m.