Parker, Craig collect softball victories
Janesville Parker used a hit, passed ball and error to push ahead the go-ahead run and defeated Beloit Memorial, 2-1, in nine innings in Big Eight Conference softball Wednesday afternoon.
The Vikings (3-3 overall, 2-2 in the Big Eight) rode the four-hit pitching of Kelley Koebler.
“She has just been on the last two games,” said Parker coach Dyann Riley. “She’s mixing her speeds and keeping hitters off-balance.”
Amanda Benash started Parker’s winning rally in the ninth with a single. After a passed ball put Benash on second, she scored when Lindsay Kluge’s grounder was thrown past first.
Parker trailed, 1-0, in the fourth when Emily Lilburn singled. Carol Anne Maveety followed with a single and Alex Klawitter scored Lilburn with a sacrifice fly.
Klawitter also ran down a couple of fly balls in the outfield, and Maveety also made a sliding catch.
The Vikings play Madison West at home Tuesday.
PARKER 2, BELOIT 1 (9)
Parker 000 100 001—2 6 3
Beloit 100 000 000—1 4 2
Koebler and Kluge; Culver and Masterson.
Leading hitters—Benash (JP) 2x4. 2B—Culver (BM).
SO—Koebler (JP) 5, Culver (BM) 2. BB—Koebler 2, Culver 0.
n Craig 12, West 2—Abby Geiger drove in five runs in a 10-run fifth inning and Gabrielle Cassady added two RBIs in the inning to lead the Cougars past visiting West in a game shortened to six innings.
Craig (3-1 in the Big Eight, 5-2 overall) trailed, 2-1, going into the decisive inning.
“The big story was the fifth inning,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “Our bats finally came alive.”
The Cougars used five hits and five walks for the 10-run inning. Geiger had an RBI single early in the inning, then had a bases-loaded triple to make the score 11-2.
Cassady had an RBI triple early in the inning and then walked with the bases loaded.
Kelly Lyke’s two-run double put the Cougars ahead, 5-2. Whitney Oliver added an RBI single in the victory.
Starter Bailie Whittaker pitched the first five innings before reliever Audrey Freeman came in. They limited the Regents to six hits.
The Cougars are scheduled to play at Sun Prairie on Friday.
CRAIG 12, WEST 2
West 010 010—2 6 4
Craig 100 0(10)1—12 7 0
Ginsberg, Steinmann (5) and McNett-Emmerich; Whittaker, Freeman (6) and Geiger.
Leading hitters—Lorence (MW) 2x3, Geiger (JC) 2x3, Lyke (JC) 2x3. 2B—Corkery (MW), Lyke (JC), 3B—Cassady (JC), Geiger (JC).
SO—Ginsberg (MW) 3, Steinmann (MW) 3, Whittaker (JC) 2. BB—Ginsberg 5, Steinmann 5, Whittaker 1, Freeman 1.
Junior varsity—Craig won.