By NATE BEIER | For the County Line

Though the first half of last week’s Division 4 regional semifinal belonged to Brookwood, Necedah owned the second half and upended the Falcons in walk-off fashion for the second time in just over a week.

Brookwood lost its penultimate game of the regular season 8–7 on a game-ending single on May 14 only to look for revenge in a tournament game a week later.

Early on, it seemed as though things were going to roll the right way for the Falcons, who scored five runs in the first inning.

Hailey Schueller scored on a passed ball. Val Cunitz doubled to score two. Karina Hansen doubled to score another, and then moved around the bases only to score on a wild pitch.

Necedah scored one in the first and two more in the third. After Daisy Hansen stole home, Brookwood added one in the third. Necedah moved closer by putting up two more in the bottom of the frame.

A double by Schueller and a ground out by Maria Gonzalez helped Brookwood add two more in the fifth.

In the bottom of the sixth, Necedah scored four to take a 9–8 lead. Then Brookwood tied it up in the seventh; however, Necedah accepted four free bases after four-straight batters were hit by pitches to set up the win 10–9.

The Falcons outhit the Cardinals 14–13. Cunitz was 3–4 and Daisy and Karina Hansen each was 2–3, as were Kristin Berg and Kylea Brueggeman. Miah Hansen and Val Williams each had three hits for Necedah.

Karina Hansen took the loss on the mound, striking out one and walking seven. Meckenzie Mootz and Taylor Anderson combined for four strikeouts and seven walks as they led Necedah’s defense.

Quiet offense leads to end for Royall softball

The Royall softball team fell to Elmwood/Plum City 10–0 in six innings in its Division 5 regional semifinal on May 21.

The Panthers struggled to get any offense going. Kim Hauser’s single in the third inning was the first time the team was able to put a runner on base. In the fourth, Cheyenne Harris singled, and Kirsten Lunde walked later that inning. Hauser reached again in the sixth on an error, and Harris went to first on a fielder’s choice. Royall struck out 12 times at the plate.

The Wolves scored two runs and nearly batted through the order in the first inning. From there, EPC added one in the second, two in the third and five in the sixth.

Molly Olson took the loss after 5 2/3 innings. Olson struck out four, allowed 10 hits, and gave up only four earned runs.

The Panthers end the season 6–8 in league play and 7–10 overall.