Milton, Fort Atkinson win twice
MILTON Milton High and Fort Atkinson got off to a fast start on the high school softball season by each winning a pair of games Saturday at Schilberg Park.
The Red Hawks defeated Janesville Parker, 6-4, and Janesville Craig, 6-1.
The Blackhawks defeated Craig, 9-1, and Parker, 11-0, in a game shortened to five innings.
Milton’s Jessie Duoss picked up the pitching victories in both of the Red Hawks’ games.
“She already seems to be in mid-season form,” said Mindy Bilhorn, Milton coach.
Duoss had a three-hitter against Parker and had two hits. Chandler Richards had three hits for the Red Hawks.
“We have a pretty young team,” Bilhorn said. “I was impressed how we came together.”
Craig, which reached the sectional semifinals last year, is adjusting to the loss of several key players.
“We’re young,” said Craig coach Dan Bayreuther. “It’s going to take some time.”
Craig was hurt by errors against Milton. The Cougars were limited to three hits against Fort Atkinson.
“Milton and Fort are both good teams,” Bayreuther said. “We just weren’t up to their playing ability, especially in the second game (against Fort). We didn’t swing the bats well at all.”
Craig will play Waunakee in a nonconference game Monday at Dawson Field.
Parker also is going through some growing pains.
“The first game (against Fort) we came out flat,” said Parker coach Jenni Seisser. “Errors cost us in both games, but it was how we reacted in the first game. It snowballed on us.”
Jacque Ludois helped give Parker a 1-0 lead against Milton with a triple in the first inning. Ludois went 2-for-3 in the game.
“We were definitely hitting the ball much better against Milton,” Seisser said. “We have to reduce the number of errors and strikeouts. We’ve got to put the ball in play.”
The Vikings (0-3) begin Big Eight Conference play Tuesday at Madison East.
FORT ATKINSON 11, PARKER 0
Fort Atkinson 333 11—11 13 1
Parker 000 00—0 2 5
Lawrence, Baker (5) and Bleecker; Ross, Muehlencamp (5) and Henke.
Leading hitters—Holman (FA) 2x4, Bleecker (FA) 2x4, Koch (FA) 2x3, Jacobson (FA) 2x3. 2B—Bleecker (FA). 3B—Bleecker (FA).
SO—Lawrence (FA) 2, Baker (FA) 4. BB—Baker 1, Muehlencamp (JP) 1.
MILTON 6, PARKER 4
Parker 100 001 2—4 3 4
Milton 104 100 x—6 12 6
Muehlencamp and Henke; Duoss and Richards.
Leading hitters—Ludois (JP) 2x3, Duoss (M) 2x4, Richards (M) 3x4, Metcalf (M) 2x4, Bliss (M) 2x2. 2B—Duoss (M), Richards (M). 3B—Ludois (JP).
SO—Muehlencamp (JP) 4, Duoss (M) 7.
MILTON 6, CRAIG 1
Craig 100 000 0—1 4 3
Milton 222 000 x—6 6 1
Owens, Kelly (5) and Holford; Duoss and Richards.
Leading hitters—Grall (JC) 2x3; Bliss (M) 2x3. 2B—Duoss (M), 3B—Perleberg (JC).
SO—Owens (JC) 5, Duoss (M) 6. BB—Owens 1, Duoss (M) 2.
FORT ATKINSON 9, CRAIG 1
Fort Atkinson 230 103 0—9 10 0
Craig 000 001 0—1 3 3
Holman and Gartland; Weber, Owens (2), Kelly (5) and Holford, Rossing (6).
Leading hitters—Pfiefer (FA) 2x3, Weigand (FA) 3x4. 2B—Pfiefer (FA). 3B—Weigand (FA).
SO—Holman (FA) 12, Weber (JC) 2, Owens (JC) 2. BB—Holman 2, Weber 5, Owens 1.