Parker softball nips Middleton; Craig suffers shutout
This time the seventh inning was kind to Janesville Parker High School’s softball team.
One day after losing to Madison La Follette in the seventh, the Vikings defeated visiting Middleton, 7-6, with a run in the bottom of the seventh here Thursday.
“(Wednesday) we fell apart in the seventh, and today we didn’t,” said Parker coach Dyann Riley after her team evened its Big Eight record at 1-1 and dropped defending champion Middleton to 0-2.
Alex Klawitter started the winning rally with a single to lead off the seventh. Lindsay Kluge attempted to bunt Klawitter to second, and both runners were safe on an error. Carol Anne Maveety also reached on an error to load the bases.
Mary Kate Tracey then hit a ball to the shortstop, and Klawitter slid in home ahead of the throw to the catcher, breaking a 6-6 tie and giving the Vikings the victory.
Parker scored twice in the first inning to erase Middleton’s 1-0 lead. Kelley Koebler started the inning with a single, and Amanda Benash followed with another single. Kluge drove both of them home with a single.
Tracey earned the win by pitching the final four innings. She had pitched a complete game against La Follette on Wednesday.
The Vikings play Fort Atkinson in a nonconference game at noon Saturday at Dawson.
PARKER 7, MIDDLETON 6
Middleton 103 020 0—6 11 3
Parker 210 300 1—7 9 1
Wagner, Heise (4) and Emden; Koebler, Tracey (4) and Kluge.
Leading hitters—Tertzborn (M) 2x3, Kessenich (M) 2x4, Trautman (M) 2x3, Semrau (M) 2x4, Maveety (JP) 2x4. 2B—Kessenich (M). 3B—Trautman (M).
SO—Wagner (M) 2, Heise (M) 3, Koebler (JP) 1, Tracey (JP) 3. BB—Wagner 1, Heise 1, Koebler 3, Tracey 2.
Junior varsity—Parker won.
Memorial 13, Craig 0—A day after beating Middleton, Craig High suffered a 13-0 loss to visiting Madison Memorial.
The Spartans collected 16 hits in an impressive offensive show against the Cougars.
“They’re a good-hitting team,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “Every kid in their lineup had a hit, and we couldn’t keep Umberger off the bases.”
That is Lindsey Umberger, a junior who was a first-team all-conference shortstop last season. Umberger was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple.
Craig was held hitless in only two innings, the second and the fifth, but couldn’t muster enough for a run.
The Cougars won’t have much time to dwell on the loss. They play at Waunakee today and host Fort Atkinson at 10 a.m. Saturday.
MEMORIAL 13, CRAIG 0
Memorial 104 101 6—13 16 2
Craig 000 000 0—0 5 2
Johnson and Selbach; Freeman, Whittaker (5) and Cassady.
Leading hitters—Umberger (MM) 4x5, Buckingham (MM) 2x5, Marquardt-Davis (MM) 3x3, Graf (MM) 2x3. 2B—Umberger (MM) 2, Marquardt-Davis (MM). 3B—Umberger.
SO—Johnson (MM) 6, Freeman (JC) 1, Whittaker (JC) 2. BB—Johnson 1, Freeman 2, Whittaker 1.
Junior varsity—Craig 11, Memorial 1.