By Journal Sports Staff
PESHTIGO, Wis. - Coach Paul Seibert had his Marquette Senior High School softball Redettes focus on hitting in practice this past week.
It paid off in a big way Saturday.
MSHS, rapping out seven hits in the finale and 15 in its Peshtigo (Wis.) Invitational opener, claimed the tourney championship.
The Redettes knocked off Weyauwega-Fremont (Wis.) in the title game, 7-3, after ripping Laona (Wis.), 13-4 in the opener.
"We worked a ton on hitting this week," Seibert said. "We really hit the ball well today. Every (Marquette) girl had a hit and scored a run in the first game.
"Hitting is contagious. One girl does it and then they all feed off each other."
Courtney LaFreniere went 2-for-3 in the title game, scoring two runs and knocking in one. MSHS teammate Angela Brown added two hits, a run and an RBI.
Morgan Seibert - in relief of Hannah Johnson - took the mound win after the Redettes spotted Weyauwega-Fremont a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
"Hannah struggled, but we battled back," Paul Seibert said. "Morgan shut them down.
"Early in the season, the girls would have hung their heads."
Morgan Seibert held the Indians scoreless over 6 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out 10.
Against Laona, Ciara Kangas went 3-for-4 with a double, scored twice and knocked in three runs to lead MSHS.
Teammate Whitney LaFave added two safeties, a run and 2 RBIs; Kelsey Huuki rapped out two hits (double), scored twice and plated two runs; and Brown came up with two hits (double), scored two runs and knocked in another.
Morgan Seibert went the distance for the pitching triumph.