HS softball: Stoughton edges Milton
MILTON--Any hopes of a Badger South Conference title might have slipped away from the Milton High softball team Friday.
Needing a win to stay within a game of first-place Monroe, the Red Hawks came up short against Stoughton.
Sarah Seaton pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead the Vikings to a 2-1 win.
Stoughton, which lost 12-0 to Milton earlier this season, scored single runs in the third and fifth innings and then rode the left arm of Seaton to pull off the upset.
Milton fell to 7-3 in the Badger South and will have to sweep Monroe in a doubleheader Monday to earn a share of the conference title.
“It has been a tough week for us,” Milton coach Mindy Bilhorn said. The Red Hawks lost to Madison Edgewood 2-1 on Tuesday.
“Earlier this year, we were able to step up and get some clutch base hits. But right now, we’re just not hitting very well.”
Stoughton scored first in the top of the third. Sammie Tepp tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch.
Milton tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Alex Urban, who had two of Milton’s four hits, beat out a bunt and advanced to third on a throwing error. Maddie McCue followed with an RBI double to make it 1-1.
The Vikings got the go-ahead run in the fifth. Tepp walked, stole second and scored on Holly Brickson’s RBI single with two outs.
Despite loading the bases with one out in the fifth, Milton could not push across the tying run. Nikki Kneiert was thrown out at the plate on a force out for the second out, and Seaton got out of the jam with a flyout to right.
Seaton retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh as Milton could not solve the left-hander.
“Something changed this week as far as our hitting, and we have to figure it out,” Bilhorn said. “Before this week, I think four runs was the least we had scored in a game, and this week we scored two runs in two games.”
Milton still has plenty to play for. If the Red Hawks can sweep Monroe on Monday, they will earn a share of the Badger South title.
“We pretty much had to win them both on Monday anyway, so our focus doesn’t change,” Bilhorn said. “And that’s what we talked about afterwards.”