Early deficit proves too much for Craig softball

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Janesville Craig's bats came to life Tuesday night, but by the time they did their most damage, it was too late.

The Cougars pounded out 13 hits but lost to Middleton, 11-7, in a Big Eight softball road game.

Craig fell to 8-7 overall and 7-6 in conference.

“I give our girls a lot of credit because we had some good swings,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “But we had chances in the first and second and didn't come through. Then they have a five-run third. We kept battling, but it was a little too late.”

Middleton tagged Craig for eight runs in the second and third innings combined. The Cougars scored just three runs in the first six innings before their comeback bid came up short in the seventh.

Craig junior Al Hughes went 4-for-4 at the plate, and catcher Sarah Holford belted a pair of home runs.

“I hope that's what she's needed,” Bayreuther said. “She'd be the first to tell you that she's struggled a little, but she looked really good.”

Craig and Janesville Parker square off in the series finale Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex.

Last updated: 11:21 pm Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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