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Claire Larkins / The Badger HeraldWisconsin set a record this year, but it wasn’t by playing games. Instead the Badgers accomplished, if it can be called that, a school record of 37 games without playing a single one at Goodman Diamond. However, whether for better or worse, the Badgers finally played their first home games of the season Tuesday afternoon and split a doubleheader with in-state rival Wisconsin-Green Bay, falling 2-1 and salvaging a 4-3 victory in the second game.Whitney Massey, who caught the first game and played second base during the finale, commented on the feeling of playing at home, despite it being April 16.“It’s nice to be with our fans and our friends coming out and everything like that,” Massey said. “Nothing beats playing at home, so it’s nice to finally get a home game in the middle of April.”Unfortunately, after both a hot start to the season and the first inning of the first game, Wisconsin (30-9, 7-5 Big Ten) was shut down the rest of the way and lost their first home game of the year.Phoenix pitcher Allison Goecks yielded a walk in the first inning to Massey, and first baseman Shannel Blackshear subsequently drove in Massey all the way from first base with an RBI double.Although the Badgers appeared off to a fast start, they only mustered two hits the rest of the way as Goecks settled down and earned her fifth victory of the season for Green Bay (10-19) to go against six losses.On the losing side for the Badgers was Meghan McIntosh, who has already recorded two no-hitters this season for Wisconsin, coming up empty Tuesday in her complete game effort.McIntosh surrendered only one more hit than her counterpart Goecks, but it proved to be one too many. After Green Bay’s Hailey Mohrfeld tripled to start the second inning, Danielle Peerenboom walked, which set up Miranda Reinke with the chance to drive home Mohrfeld from third on her groundout to second base.The game remained knotted at one the rest of the way until Reinke scored again, this time on a mishandled ball by Peace at shortstop that eluded Wisconsin infielders enough to allow Reinke to score. Wisconsin managed a hit in the bottom of the seventh but it was all it could come up with, as the rally fell short.Wisconsin’s bad fielding continued to start off the second game and it appeared the Badgers might lose both games when they trailed 3-0 after the top of the first. Jessica Hrncar drew first blood when she scored from third base on Marissa Michalkiewicz’s single to center field. Then, when Mary Massei dropped a fly ball in right field later in the inning, two more Phoenix players came into score, taking them to their early lead.But Wisconsin’s defense solved its issues and backed a strong performance on the mound from Cassandra Darrah the rest of the way.“I don’t know if she gave up the three runs or our defense did. I don’t know if it was much about her making a bunch of changes. She did a nice job, but I think our defense bared down and shook it off and they bounced back nicely,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said after the game.Wisconsin tallied single runs in the second and third innings off Green Bay starter Lauren Danner, but when the bottom of the sixth started Wisconsin still found itself down 3-2.Leading off the inning was Peace, who worked her way into a full count and then came through with a single. Following Peace was Massey, who promptly smashed a line-drive home run over the center field fence. Just like that, Wisconsin found itself in the lead.After the game, Massey spoke about the mindset and playful banter with her first baseman and teammate Blackshear that led to the home run.“The whole game I was trying to keep everyone light and loose,” Massey said. “At second base I was messing around with Shannel, and I had been telling her that she was one home run up from me and try to make a competition with that.“So coming into my at-bat I was like, I just need to move Stephanie Peace, so we just need one run. That was like three hours of hitting work today that went into that home run. I felt confident the whole time though.”Blackshear followed the home run with a double, which chased the starter Danner (1-2) out of the game. After sending seven people to the plate, Wisconsin had still tallied just two runs.But the two runs were enough for Darrah, as she set the Phoenix down in order, recording seven strikeouts total in the game to improve her record to 18-5 on the season.“It means a lot to come back from a loss and come back from being behind and winning,” Darrah said. “It shows our resilience and hopefully we can roll from here on out.”
Cowboys, Rams to play preseason game in Hawaii Well you can’t say Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn’t enjoy a challenge.The former NFL MVP is battling through an offseason that includes shoulder surgery, veganism and apparently no sex for the month of March. On “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Newton said March was “no climax” month. Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid receiving less than $10M in collusion case, report says Related News To explain himself in front of a stunned crowd, Newton said the decision is meant to force him to become stronger mentally.“It makes my mind stronger,” he said. “So when the season comes around, I say if I did those things, I’m mentally stronger.”It looks like Carolina will have a new man behind center in 2019 — one with a stronger shoulder, a stronger mind and some impressive willpower.
Clark County will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday on a project to widen and improve 1.7 miles of Northeast 88th Street from Highway 99 to St. Johns Road.The open house will be held at Clark Regional Wastewater District, 8000 N.E. 52nd Court.Construction is slated to begin in June.The project includes rebuilding a travel lane in each direction, adding a continuous left-turn lane, installing bicycle lanes, planter strips, sidewalks, curbs and gutters; replacing utility lines; and building stormwater improvements, including rain gardens to collect and treat polluted storm runoff in some planter strips.The $17.4 million project will interfere with traffic flows, and drivers should expect delays. Only emergency vehicles, school buses and residents who need to leave and return to their private residences will be allowed inside the construction zone.C-Tran Route 25 (Fruit Valley/St. Johns) will not serve Northeast 88th Street between Northeast 25th Avenue and Highway 99 during construction. The change begins May 13.For information, visit N.E. 88th Street improvements.