The Fond du Lac Tribal CC Thunder women’s softball team doubled its season total of victories today taking two games from Vermilion CC at home. In the first game the Thunder got on the board in the first inning when sophomore Steph Engelmeier singled and then with two outs freshman Lisa Muehlberger tripled for an RBI.
Fond du Lac managed to chip in two more runs, one in the fourth inning and another in the fifth for a 3-0 lead. Vermilion was held scoreless through six innings by Thunder starting pitcher Dana Letica.
In the bottom of the sixth the Thunder batters finally got to Vermilion starter Alex Caruso for five singles and two triples scoring five runs to end the game by the eight run rule. Letica finished the game allowing no runs, two hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Steph Engelmeier reached base in all four at bats with two singles, a triple and an error. She also scored three runs and had an RBI. Muehlberger went two for four with two RBI’s and Anna Engelmeier had two stolen bases.
In game two Vermilion scored a run in the first off of Letica on two hits and an error. The Thunder came right back in the bottom of the inning as Vermilion and starting pitcher Angie Muhvich made some mistakes.
With one out Thunder batter Steph Engelmeier struck out but a pass ball by Vermilion catcher Kindra Hoffman allowed her to reach first. Engelmeier then stole second base and reached third on a wild pitch by Muhvich. A double by Muehlberger followed by a single for Anna Engelmeier and a walk to Letica loaded the bases. A Vermilion error allowed Muehlberger and Engelmeier to score making it 3-1 after one inning.
Letica held Vermilion scoreless in the top of the second and in the bottom half the Thunder scored another run on no hits. With one out Sophomore Megan Johnson walked, stole second, then stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Steph Engelmeier.
Vermilion was unable to score in both the third and fourth innings while Fond du Lac scored another run in their half of the third on a single by Muehlberger, a sacrifice by Anna Engelmeier and an RBI single by freshman Amanda Larson.
With the score 5-1 in favor of Fond du Lac Vermilion collapsed in the bottom of the fourth. The Thunder sent 15 batters to the plate collecting seven singles one triple and three walks. The game ended due to the eight run rule when Vermilion was held scoreless in the top of the fifth.
Lisa Muehlberger went 3 for 3 in game two with a double and two singles scoring three runs and and RBI. She was 5 for 7 on the day.
The Fond du Lac team is in the third year of its program and Coach Kerry Rodd has been there since the beginning. Last year his team went 22-14 and at one point was ranked fourth in the nation for community colleges. The team is now 4-9 and rebuilding with 11 of its 15 players in their first year. As coach Rodd said “it’s the nature of this business.”