Niagara programs record first-ever victories

GILLETT, Wis. – It was a day of firsts for the Niagara softball and baseball teams, as both clubs collected their first-ever victories.

The Lady Badgers, behind a pitching gem from Marah Harvath rallied past Gillett 4-3 in nine innings. Niagara baseball, behind the arm of Hunter Kaldor posted a 3-1 win over the Tigers.

“It was a big win,” Lady Badgers head coach Duane Blagec said. “They might be few and far between, but we’re celebrating this one.”

Harvath pitched all nine innings for Niagara, allowing just five hits with five walks while striking out 10.

A single by Maria Miller in the top of the ninth scored Brook Ermi with the go-ahead run. Ermi reached earlier in the frame on a bunt single.

The Lady Badgers led 1-0 after one, but Gillett responded with a three-run fifth. Niagara got one back in the sixth and tied the game 3-3 in the top of the seventh.

Miller, Sarah Nawn and Emily Schabel each collected two hits for Niagara.

“Harvath was just fantastic,” Blagec said. “Being a second-year team, pitching was what was worrying me, and she pitched a gem. Defense was solid too. Our catcher Emily Spigarelli was a brick wall behind the plate. They didn’t even attempt to steal on her.”

Jessica Spencer took the loss for Gillett, also pitching the complete game. She allowed nine hits and three walks while whiffing 12. She also had two of Gillett’s hits.

In the Badgers’ baseball win, Kaldor went 2-for-3 at the plate and gave up five hits in the complete-game win.