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Parker, Craig softball win ugly games

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Gazette Staff
April 16, 2008
— A big inning and some sloppy Madison East defense carried Janesville Craig High’s softball team to victory Tuesday afternoon.

The Cougars erupted for eight runs in top of the fourth and also took advantage of six East errors, en route to a 10-1 Big Eight Conference victory.


Craig (6-3, 4-2) trailed 1-0 before the eight-run fourth.


“We hit the ball hard all game and finally found some holes in the fourth,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “And we got a nice pitching performance from Bailie (Whittaker) and Mandy (Smith).”


Gabrielle Cassady had a triple and a two-run single in the fourth, while Kelly Lyke added a two-run triple.


Whittaker, a freshman, picked up the win by going the first four innings. She did not walk a batter and struck out two. Smith picked up the save after working three scoreless innings.


“I told Bailie before the game to give us three good innings and she did,” Bayreuther said. “And Mandy is starting to throw pretty well, too. I may have to stay with that combination, but we’ll see.”


Craig will host Madison La Follette on Thursday at Dawson Field.


CRAIG 10, EAST 1


Craig 000 802 0—10 8 0


East 010 000 0—1 6 6


Whittaker, M. Smith (5) and Cassady, Geiger (4); Gilbert and Monson.


Leading hitters—Cassady (C) 2x4, M. Smith (C) 2x4. 3B—Lyke (C), Gilbert (E), Cassady (C).


SO—Whittaker (C) 2, M. Smith (C) 3, Gilbert (E) 11. BB—Gilbert 1.


Parker pounds West

Parker 12, West 2—Three Parker errors contributed to two early runs for West, but the Vikings eventually took advantage of six Regent errors for a five-inning Big Eight Conference victory at Dawson Field.


Parker (4-3, 3-2), trailed 2-0 before a six-run outburst in the bottom of the second. The Vikings forged the rally with two West errors, two hit batsmen, a walk, a two-run single by Emily Lilburn and an RBI single by Tess Fielder.


“We started out ugly,” Parker head coach Dyann Riley said.


“We had three errors in the first two innings. They took advantage of our errors, then we returned the favor.”


Parker added two runs in the fifth on a passed ball and an RBI fielder’s choice by Alex Klawitter.


The Vikings closed the game out in the fifth with four runs, two coming on RBI singles by Lilburn and Carol Anne Maveety.


The Vikings will play at Sun Prairie on Thursday.


PARKER 12, WEST 2


West 020 00—2 6 6


Parker 060 24—12 8 3


Ginsberg and McNett-Emmerich. Tracey and Kluge.


Leading hittters—Lawrence (W), 2x3; Lilburn (P), 2x4; Maveety (P).


SO—Ginsberg 3, Tracey 3. BB—Ginsberg 4, Tracey 1.


Junior varsity—Parker 15, West 0.



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