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Jenna Seidl delivers a pitch to the plate as she works in the fifth inning against Mosinee Tuesday, April 9.
Brett Labore/lakeland times Jenna Seidl delivers a pitch to the plate as she works in the fifth inning against Mosinee Tuesday, April 9.
In a game played on an artifical turf field, the Lakeland softball team didn’t find anything smooth on Tuesday night.

The Thunderbirds were in action in Mosinee, who took control of the game early and won 10-0 in five innings.

In the first, second and third innings, Mosinee scored one run each inning to make it 3-0 after three innings. The Thunderbirds were struggling with the bats, as they only managed one hit.

“We had three errors that cost us three runs,” assistant coach Mike Cox said. “Tatum (Morris) was pitching really well and we got one girl on base in those first three, four innings. You’re not going to score very many runs with one runner on base.”

Sydni Gburek picked up the win for Mosinee. She went five innings, one hit, no runs and struck out eight without issuing a walk. It was a dominant performance.

“She’s not just throwing fastball, fastball, fastball, she’s moving the ball around,” Cox said. “The girls just need to get used to it a little bit.”

The game broke open in the fifth inning when Mosinee put up seven runs. Most of those runs came with one swing of the bat on a grand slam by Zoe Gburek. 

That hit provided a ton of momentum and would lead to scoring the 10th run of the game in the bottom of the fifth.

The wind proved to be a challenge as there were times when pitchers struggled with grip and control.

“(Tatum) did have a little bit of a problem keeping the ball down a little bit, not sure if that was because of the wind, it’s 40 mile per hour winds,” Cox said.

Tatum Morris started again for the Thunderbirds followed by Jenna Seidl, who came in for relief in the fifth inning.

“All in all, I was pleasantly pleased with how their effort was,” said Cox.

The Thunderbirds went up against a very strong opponent and have opportunities to learn from the experience. Lakeland was set to host Antigo on Thursday, though that game was in doubt as of press time due to a snowy forecast for the afternoon. 

Brett LaBore may be reached at brett@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.