Janesville Cougars softball shut out Regents
Dan Bayreuther knows how Ken Macha felt Thursday.
Bayreuther’s Janesville Craig softball team shut out host Madison West, 13-0, in a Big Eight Conference game that was limited to five innings because of the mercy rule.
The victory wasn’t quite as impressive as Macha and the Brewers’ 20-0 victory over Pittsburgh earlier in the day, but it did keep the Cougars in first place with a 6-0 record.
“It was an incredible hitting performance on our part,” Bayreuther said. “Other than the two errors we committed, that is as good as we can play.”
The Cougars pounded out 18 hits, including a homer by sophomore Stephanie Perleberg and triples by Gabrielle Cassady and Kelly Moench.
Perleberg’s homer highlighted her 4-for-5 day with six RBIs. “She had a career day,” Bayreuther said.
The Regents had taken Big Eight power Sun Prairie to eight innings earlier in the week, before losing, 2-1.
The Cougars (8-1 overall) are to play a conference doubleheader at Dawson Field against Verona on Saturday.
CRAIG 13, WEST 0
Craig 533 20—13 18 2
West 000 00—0 1 5
Owens, Weber (3), Whittaker (5) and Cassady; Steinman and Chitwood, McNett-Emerich (2).
Leading hitters—Bayreuther (JC) 2x4, Perleberg (JC) 4x5, Cassady (JC) 2x3 L. Oliver (JC), 2x4; W. Oliver (JC) 2x4, Moench (JC) 2x4, Mortensen (JC) 2x4. 2B—Chitwood (MW). 3B—Cassady (JC), Moench (JC). HR—Perleberg (JC).
SO—Owens (JC) 2, Weber (JC) 2, Whittaker (JC) 2, Steinman (MW) 3. BB—Owens 2, Steinman 3.
Junior varsity—Craig won.
-- Memorial 6, Parker 5—The Vikings played their most complete game of the season Thursday afternoon but came up short in the Big Eight Conference thriller at Dawson Ball Field.
Ashley Ross hit a three-run homer in the bottom of third inning to give Parker (0-7, 0-5) a 5-4 lead, but Memorial scored single runs in the fourth and seventh to pull out the win.
“We were a different team today,” Parker coach Jenni Seisser said. “We were more focused, and the intensity and motivation that we’ve been striving for was there.”
Parker will play at Middleton in a doubleheader Saturday morning beginning at 10.
MEMORIAL 6, PARKER 5
Madison Memorial 040 100 1—6 9 0
Janesville Parker 203 000 0—5 7 3
DeJongh and Vitale; Ross and Byford.
Leading hitters—Vitale (M) 2x4, Houden (M) 2x3, Ross (P) 2x3, Stuttgen (P) 2x3. 3B—Schmitz (M), Byford (P). HR—Ross (P).
SO—DeJongh (M) 3, Ross (P) 4. BB—DeJongh 3, Ross 2.