Fast start lifts Tomah Stix softball squad to 7-2 victory over BRF

Reis Derousseau scattered four hits in four innings of work to help the Tomah Stix capture a 7-2 victory over Black River Falls at Gerke Field last week.
After Derousseau held Black River Falls scoreless in the top of the first, the Stix forged an early lead with a three-run rally in their half of the inning.
Josie Mathison and Derousseau drew back-to-back walks and advanced into scoring position on a double steal to ignite the Tomah rally, before Taylor Gular knocked in two runs with a single to center.
Meghan Perry reached safely on a fielder’s choice, advanced to second base on a passed ball and scored to give the Stix a 3-0 lead when Ivey Lyden reached first on an error.
After a scoreless second inning, Black River Falls pulled to within one run of the lead at 3-2 with a two-run rally in the top of the third.
Tomah answered in its half of the third, however, scoring three more runs to open up a 6-2 cushion.
Mathison belted a lead-off double and Derousseau drew a walk to fuel another Stix rally.
Gular followed by reaching second on a two-base error that allowed Mathison to score and Derousseau to move to third, before a groundout to third off the bat of Perry allowed plated Derousseau and sent Gular to third.
Gular scored later on a passed ball to up the Tomah advantage to 6-2 after three innings of play.
The Stix final run came in the bottom of the fourth, when Journey Smith singled, stole second and scored after Savannah Murphy reached on an error by the Black River Falls right fielder.
The game was called after four innings of play, leaving Tomah with a 7-2 win.
Derousseau went distance on the mound for Tomah, recording two strikeouts and allowing just two walks to earn the complete-game victory.
Mathison went 1-for-1 with a double and Gular added a single and two RBI to lead Tomah at the plate, while Smith and Sherwood each finished with a single. 

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