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LOGGERS SOFTBALL HIGHLIGHTS IN 2024 - My Northern Wisconsin - 04-16-2024

Steve Teeters is back for the 2024 girls’ softball season reporting all the highlights of the Phillips Loggers and the teams they play.  The highlights are listed in reverse chronological order, so the most recent game is at the top.

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By:  Steve Teeters



The Phillips Loggers softball team rallied for a dramatic 6-5 victory against the Rib Lake Redmen in Marawood North Conference action on Monday. 

The Loggers have been mired in a five game losing streak, with their latest defeat coming against Rib Lake last Tuesday.  The Redmen won that contest 14-2 but pulled away late in an otherwise competitive game.  Still, the Loggers desperately needed a win to change their fortunes with the playoffs right around the corner.

Trailing 5-2 and down to their final out, the Loggers had the bases loaded for Alie Williams.  The senior slugger delivered in the clutch with a game-tying double to the right center field gap to score Macy Hertlein, Paula Pomeroy, and Lily Miller. 

Rib Lake then issued an intentional walk to Brooke Eckert to go after Mataya Eckert.  But the younger Eckert foiled the Redmen's plans when she reached base with an infield single and more importantly moved Williams to third base. 

The 2-out infield single by the speedy Eckert proved to be very costly for Rib Lake when Williams scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to Halle Lehman.  Rib Lake retired Lehman for the final out moments later, but the Loggers now led 6-5.

Hanging on with the slimmest of leads, Brooke Eckert worked around a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh inning by retiring the next three batters to secure the victory. 

Eckert showed a lot of poise in high leverage situations throughout the game.  The senior hurler got off the hook with bases loaded in four different innings and quite impressively left 16 runners on base for the game.  Eckert struck out five batters and allowed five hits.

Alie Williams led the Loggers attack, going one for three with three RBI, one run, a double, and a walk.

Phillips (4-4 in Marawood North play / 4-5 overall) is scheduled to host Mellen (7-6) on Tuesday.

Rib Lake (3-3 in Marawood North / 7-7 overall) travels to Chequamegon (3-3 in Marawood North play / 11-4 overall) on Tuesday.

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The Phillips Loggers softball team lost its first game of the season on Tuesday, falling to the Chequamegon Screaming Eagles 15-7.

Chequamegon jumped out to a first inning lead when Regan Hoffman delivered a 2-RBI single to left field to score Adison Bablick and Anya Brenholt.  Three pitches later, Angelina BeBeau scored on a Jalen Brunell grounder towards shortstop.  The Screaming Eagles picked up two more runs in the top of the first to lead 5-0.

Phillips responded with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, however.  Alie Williams delivered an RBI single to left field to score Kacy Eggebrecht.  Three pitches later, Lily Miller followed with a 2-RBI double to right center field to bring the score to 5-3.

The game script in the early going was eerily similar to Monday's contest but this time Chequamegon would keep adding runs as the game unfolded.

The Screaming Eagles got three runs in the top of the second inning when Hailey Rauschenbach had a 2-out bases-clearing shot to deep center field.  With strong winds blowing out, Rauschenbach's towering shot sent Mataya Eckert back towards the fence, but the Loggers' centerfielder was unable to come away with a tough catch.  Brenholt, BeBeau, and Brunell each scored on the blast.  Rauschenbach would get thrown out attempting to advance to third base but Chequamegon took a 8-3 lead on the play.

Phillips went quietly in the bottom of the second while Chequamegon continued to come up with timely hits and runs.  The Screaming Eagles would get a couple of 2-RBI singles from BeBeau and Brunell to extend their lead to 12-3 after their half of the third inning.

The Loggers wouldn't get back on the board until the bottom of the fifth inning.

Aurora Ellingen had an RBI-double to deep left field to score Eggebrecht.  Alie Williams followed with a deep double of her own to score Ellingen, and Halle Lehman delivered an RBI single to left field to close the gap at 14-6 after five innings.  That would be as close as the Loggers would get, though.

Alie Williams did tally her second in-the-park home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh, but the Loggers fell to the Screaming Eagles 15-7.  Williams continued her scintillating play by going three for four with three runs and three RBI. 
Angelina BeBeau led the way for Chequamegon by going two for three with three runs and three RBI.  BeBeau also drew two walks.

Chequamegon (4-1) hosts Flambeau (7-2) on Monday.  Phillips (3-1) hosts Athens (6-2) on Tuesday.



The Phillips Loggers softball team met and defeated a previously unbeaten Chequamegon Screaming Eagles team 18-6 in Park Falls.

The Loggers came into Monday's game with two convincing wins against Prentice and were looking to gain an early season edge against another Marawood North conference rival.  But Chequamegon had other ideas in the early stages of the contest.

Mataya Eckert reached base safely on an error in the Loggers' first, but Phillips was unable capitalize on the Chequamegon miscue.

After a quiet top of the first for Phillips, the Screaming Eagles looked to seize early control and came through with good situational hitting.  Adison Bablick, Anya Brenholt, and Angelina BeBeau all reached base safely and would each come around to score.  Bablick singled to left field to lead off for Chequamegon and later scored on a passed ball, while Brenholt and BeBeau both reached on walks and later scored on a 2 RBI single to right field from Regan Hoffman. 

Brooke Eckert and the Loggers limited the damage by retiring three of the next four batters but found themselves trailing 3-0 after one inning.

The Loggers desperately needed a momentum shift, and Lily Miller was certainly ready for such an opportunity.  The junior catcher blasted a solo home run over the right center field wall to take back some momentum.  But that run was all Phillips would get in the top of the second.  Halle Lehman was left stranded after a double to left field.

Chequamegon got a lead-off walk by Abigail Brenholt to start the Screaming Eagles' second but was erased by Miller at third base on a steal attempt.  The Screaming Eagles would lead 3-1 after two innings.

Phillips got another run in the third inning thanks to a lead-off walk by Mataya Eckert and a big 2-out RBI single by Miller.

Just as momentum seemed to be on the Loggers' side, Chequamegon answered with two more runs in the bottom of the third.  BeBeau and Hoffman each scored in the frame to give the Screaming Eagles a 5-2 advantage.

Once again, the Loggers needed an answer and the bottom of their order responded to the call. 

Raelee Williams got a lead-off walk, and quickly moved into scoring position with a double to left field by Izzy Teeters.  Williams would later score on a grounder to third base by Iliana Winter, who also reached safely.

Mataya Eckert singled in Teeters with a hit to left center field.  A double by Kacy Eggebrecht plated two more runs for the Loggers, who now led 6-5.

But this was just the beginning of a monstrous inning for Phillips, who would send 15 Loggers to the plate in a 10-run avalanche. 

Momentum now firmly belonged to Phillips with a 12-5 lead after their half of the forth inning.

Brooke Eckert worked a quick bottom of the fourth and the Loggers came to bat looking for a knockout in the fifth. 

Phillips got what they were looking for with six more runs thanks to outstanding at-bats from the bottom of their order.  Miller and Raelee Williams scored on a 2-out RBI double by Paula Pomeroy.  The sophomore punched the ball to right center field on a full count pitch.

Teeters, Winter, Mataya Eckert, and Eggebrecht each scored after the Pomeroy dagger to push the Logger lead to 18-5.

Chequamegon got another run, but the game was called, 18-6, after five innings.

Phillips collected 15 hits on the night.  Lily Miller went 2 for 3 with 3 runs, 2 RBI and a home run.  Kacy Eggebrecht went 3 for 4 with 2 runs, 3 RBI, 1 double, and 1 stolen base.  Raelee Williams and Izzy Teeters each went 2 for 3 with 3 runs a piece.  Teeters had 1 double.

Brooke Eckert scattered 6 hits and struck out 4 for the Loggers.

The teams will face each other in Phillips Tuesday night.  Phillips improves to 3-0 while Chequamegon falls to 3-1.


The Phillips Loggers softball team improved to 2-0 Friday night when they defeated the Prentice Buccaneers, 22-3.

The Loggers erupted for 10 runs in the first inning and were helped once again by the hot bat of Alie Williams.  The senior shortstop belted an inside-the-park home run to score two runs.  This came moments after Mataya Eckert ripped a double to left field and later scored on a Kacy Eggebrecht sac fly.

The Loggers used just four hits in the inning to manufacture the 10 run inning.

Prentice responded with two runs in the bottom of the first.  Aaliyah Murphy grounded out to Brooke Eckert to plate Karis Wear.  Kylee Scott later singled in Leah Nehls with a hit to right field.

Phillips then came back in the second inning with another 10 run outburst.  In a near carbon copy of the first inning, the Loggers used patience at the plate and came up with timely hits in the second. 

Mataya Eckert doubled again, and four other Loggers collected hits in the inning.  Phillips would grab a commanding 20-2 lead after an inning and a half.

Brooke Eckert worked a quick 1-2-3 second inning by striking out the side, and the Loggers would pick up their final two runs with RBI singles from Raelee Williams and Iliana Winter.

Prentice tallied its final run in the third inning when Nehls scored on a Lydia Harding ground out.

Phillips collected 12 hits on the night.  Mataya Eckert led the way with a 4 for 4 night that included 2 doubles.  The speedy center fielder had 3 runs, 2 RBI, and a stolen base.  Iliana Winter was also perfect at the plate by going 3 for 3 with 3 runs and 3 RBI.

Brooke Eckert allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 batters on the night.

Phillips (2-0) will look to extend their winning ways against undefeated Chequamegon (3-0) next Monday in Park Falls. 

Prentice (0-4-1) travels to Rib Lake (3-2) on Monday.


The Phillips Loggers softball team picked up its first win of the season on Tuesday night by defeating the visiting Prentice Buccaneers, 13-3. 

The Loggers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back against their Marawood North foe.

Alie Williams was a catalyst for the Loggers' offense by accounting for 5 of the team's 13 runs.  The senior shortstop scored 2 runs, swiped a base, and plated 3 other runs on a perfect 3 for 3 night at the plate.  Williams had an RBI triple in the first inning, a double in the second inning, and a 2 RBI single in the third inning. 

Early offense for the Loggers paved the way for pitcher Brooke Eckert.  The senior hurler limited the Bucs to 5 hits on the night while striking out 8 batters.  The win was the first of Eckert's career.

Not to be outdone by Williams and Eckert, a couple more seniors put together a solid night for the Loggers.

Kacy Eggebrecht reached base safely in her three plate appearances; walking twice and reaching on a hit-by-pitch.  The senior third baseman was a menace on the base paths with three stolen bases and three runs.

Izzy Teeters also went 2 for 3, with two RBI and 2 runs.

Lydia Harding led the Buccaneers with two hits; a single in the first, followed by an RBI triple in the third inning.  Harding had one run and also reached in the fifth via a hit-by-pitch.

Prentice (0-3) will host Phillips (1-0) this Friday in a rematch of county rivals.  Game time is scheduled for 4:45 p.m.