The Nokomis High School softball season came to a close on Thursday, June 3, with a 19-4 loss to Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg on the Hatchets’ home field.
The hosts scored six runs in the first, seven runs in the second and six runs in the third to take an insurmountable 19-0 lead after three innings. Karlie Bean, the Hatchets’ starting pitcher allowed just two hits in that span, a pair of singles by Reaghan Jonas and Kristen Stauder in the second inning.
Nokomis had two options going into the fourth: bow out quietly or go down swinging. They chose the latter and nearly extended the contest to at least one more inning. Taking on reliever Hanna Hayes, Jonas singled and scored on a double by Emma Hill. Stauder then picked up her second single, which moved Hill to third.
The Hatchets would get their first two outs when Stauder was caught stealing and Baylee Cesaretti flew out to centerfield, but Nokomis continued to fight.
A single by Hailey Engelman drove in Hill and a base hit by Emma Sneddon and a walk to Addison Dangbar loaded the bases with Redskins. Aubrey Jaros unloaded them with a double to center field that drove in Engelman and Sneddon, but Hayes would get the last out to end the inning and the game by the 15-run rule. Stauder, one of just two seniors on the team with Rebecca Wattjes, was one of two Nokomis players with two hits in the game. Reaghan Jonas was the other, going 2-for-2 with a run scored.
With the loss Nokomis finished 9-10 on the season, but return a team that will have experience all over the field. The Redskins ran into a buzzsaw (or more aptly, a hatchet), but brighter days are definitely ahead.
June 3 at Strasburg
Nokomis 000 4 4 8 4
WSS 676 x 19 16 0
Nokomis IP R ER H K BB
Jonas 2 19 16 16 1 2
Jaros 1 0 0 0 0 0
*Jonas 3 HBP
WSS IP R ER H K BB
Bean 3 0 0 2 7 1
Hayes 1 4 4 6 1 1
Multiple Hits: Nokomis - Reaghan Jonas 2-2, Kristen Stauder 2-2; Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg - Ava Richards 3-3, Gabby Vonderheide 2-3, Sam Porter 2-3, Ella Kinkelaar 2-4, Hanna Hayes 2-4. 2B: Nokomis - Emma Hill 1, Aubrey Jaros 1; Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg - Ava Richards 1, Ella Kinkelaar 1, Gabby Vonderheide 1, Karlie Bean 1, Makenna Tabor 1, Sam Porter 1. 3B: Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg - Ella Kinkelaar 1. Runs: Nokomis - Emma Sneddon 1, Reaghan Jonas 1, Emma Hill 1, Hailey Engelman 1. RBI: Nokomis - Aubrey Jaros 2, Emma Hill 1, Hailey Engelman 1.
Record: Nokomis (9-10).