Craig sofball team sweeps Fort, Milton; Parker falls twice
Paige Owens struck out nine and Gabrielle Cassady homered in Craig’s 7-1 win over Fort Atkinson in game one.
In the second game, Cassady drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and Bailie Whittaker threw a complete-game five-hitter as the Cougars edged Milton, 3-2.
Craig pitching allowed only two walks in two games as the Cougars got back-to-back complete games from Owens and Whittaker.
“I was hoping to get four, maybe five innings from Owens,” Craig High coach Dan Bayreuthers aid. “So for her to come out and throw a complete game in her first outing is pretty impressive.
“And Bailie was Bailie. She threw strikes, and the five hits she gave up were in five different innings.”
Craig (2-1) erased a 1-0 deficit against Fort Atkinson with four runs in the fourth. Cassady’s two-run homer gave the Cougars the lead for good at 2-1, and Stephanie Kalish capped the rally with a two-run single.
The Cougars added three more runs in the fifth, highlighted by Kelly Moench’s RBI single.
Milton and Craig were tied 2-2 in the seventh before Cassady’s heroics won it. Haley Bayreuther singled to start the seventh and moved to second on a bunt. That brought up Cassady, a UW-Green Bay recruit, who singled sharply to left to drive in Bayreuther with the winning run.
“I think Milton is going to be a force in the Badger (South), and Fort Atkinson has a chance to have a nice team,” coach Bayreuther said. “So beating them both is a good sign for us.”
The Cougars will open up Big Eight Conference play Tuesday at Beloit Memorial.
CRAIG 7, FORT ATKINSON 1
Fort Atkinson 001 000 0—1 7 1
Janesville Craig 000 430 x—7 9 2
Bakken, Becker and A. Boos; Owens and Cassady.
Leading hitters—Podmolik (FA) 2x4, Kalish (C) 2x3. 2B—Podmolik (FA), Weigand (FA), Bakken (FA). HR—Cassady (C).
SO—Bakken (FA) 3, Owens (C) 9. BB—Bakken 4.
CRAIG 3, MILTON 2
Milton 100 100 0—2 5 4
Janesville Craig 100 010 1—3 7 1
Duoss and Richards; Whittaker and Cassady.
Leading hitters—Bayreuther (C) 2x3, Cassady (C) 2x3. 2B—Richards (M). 3B—Duoss (M), McNall (M).
SO—Duoss (M), Whittaker (C) 2. BB—Duoss 2, Whittaker 2.
Parker falls twice
Janesville Parker lost both of its games by scores of 14-3 against Milton and 10-3 to Fort Atkinson.
“We’re putting the ball in play,” said Parker coach Jenni Seisser. “We had four errors in each game, and those can make or break a game.”
Milton’s Morgan Janes and Haley Bliss each had two hits in the Red Hawks’ victory. Janes had two doubles, and Niki Metcalf added a homer. Pitcher Jessica Duoss struck out four.
Parker’s Alyssa Byford went 2-for-3, and went 4-for-7 on the day.
“Alyssa really came through,” Seisser said. “She hit the ball hard. She’s really taken a leadership role that we missed last year.”
Kylee Meehan added two hits for Parker.
Milton had two five-run innings and collected 10 hits.
Cassidy Lyons led Fort Atkinson past Parker by going 4-for-5, including a triple. Maddy Podmolik and Marta Kotz each had two hits. Fort Atkinson scored six times in the second inning after Parker retired the first two hitters.
Junior outfielder Lauren Brooks, who has been affected by a medical condition, led the Vikings’ eight-hit attack by going 3-for-4.
“There were many positive things that came out of the games,” Seisser said. “There are brighter days ahead.”
The Vikings are scheduled to play Madison East at home on Tuesday.
MILTON 14, PARKER 3
Milton 150 35—14 10 0
Janesville Parker 000 12—3 8 4
Duoss and Richards; Tracy and Byford.
Leading hitters—Janes (M) 2x3, Bliss (M) 2x3; Byford (JP) 2x3, Meehan (JP) 2x2. 2B—Janes (M) 2, Meehan (JP). 3B—Byford (JP). HR—N. Metcalf (M).
SO—Duoss (M) 4, Tracy (JP) 5. BB—Duoss 2, Tracy 3.
Junior varsity—Parker 4, Milton 3.
FORT ATKINSON 10, PARKER 3
Fort Atkinson 160 030 0—10 12 1
Janesville Parker 002 100 0—3 8 4
Agnew, Lawren (6) and A. Boos; Ross and Byford.
Leading hitters—Lyons (FA) 4x5, Podmolik (FA) 2x5, Kotz (FA) 2x4, Brooks (JP) 3x4; Byford (JP) 2x4. 2B—Foerster (FA), Stuttgen (JP). 3B--Lyons (FA).
SO—Agnew (FA) 3, Lawren 1; Ross (JP) 6. BB—Agnew 1; Ross 4.
Junior varsity—Fort Atkinson 5, Parker 0.