It was billed as the toughest test of the season for the Tomah Stix, but the girls were more than ready.
After losing the opening game of the Class C summer 16-and-under girls softball tournament in Mauston, Tomah reeled off five straight victories to capture the tournament championship.
Tomah lost to Mad City 4-2 in the first game of pool play and then outscored its next five opponents 49-14.
Tomah got on the winning track with a 15-0 victory over Kenosha Lady Legends. Molly Stenslein, a freshman who joined the team from Westby, pitched three shutout innings to earn the victory. Grace Pokela led the Stix offense with three RBIs.
Next was a 9-4 win over West Bend Nitro. The game was tight until the top of the fifth, when the Stix busted the game open with four runs. Josie Mathison and Taylor Gular both had two hits for Tomah, and Gular had three RBIs. Stenslien pitched a compete-game victory.
Tomah then rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Madison Tornadoes 10-4. Savannah Murphy, Meghan Perry and Ivey Lyen all had two hits, and Murphy had two RBIs.
The 3-1 record in pool play landed the Stix a spot in the semifinals, where they defeated Germantown 8-4. Again, Tomah had to rally from a 2-0 deficit but took control with four runs in the second and three in the third. Mathison and Journey Smith both had two hits, and Mathison added three RBIs.
In the championship game, Tomah again faced a 2-0 deficit before rallying past Mad City Panic 6-2. Tomah took the lead with three runs in the the bottom of third and never looked back. Gular led the offense with three hits, while Lyden and Reis Derousseau had two each. Stenslien pitched a seven-inning complete game and gave up just three hits.
The Stix finished the season by winning one and losing two at a tournament Aug. 4-5 in Arkdale.
Tomah opened with a 15-1 victory over Kenosha Sting. Allysa Whaley had three hits, and Ella Plueger was the winning pitcher.
The Stix’ six-game winning streak came to a halt with a 4-3 loss to the River City Rage under-18 squad. River City won the game with a run in the top of the seventh. Abby Sherwood collected two of Tomah’s eight hits. Plueger struck out six in a complete-game effort.
Tomah’s season ended with a 6-5 loss to a squad named 906. Tomah scored all five of its runs in the third inning and lost despite out-hitting the opposition 12-5. Journey Smith, Derousseau and Shay Lyden all collected two hits.
The Stix finished the season with a 16-5 record.