Janesville Parker rolls past Madison West, Craig loses
Janesville Parker remains perfect in Big Eight Conference softball.
The Vikings scored 10 runs in the first inning Thursday en route to a 17-4 victory over visiting Madison West at Dawson Field. The game was halted after 4 ½ innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
“I think our intensity level is where it used to be,” said Parker coach Jenni Seisser.
Sophomore Erin Muehlenkamp again helped the Vikings from the mound and at the plate. Muehlenkamp pitched the first four innings, allowing just two runs. She led the Vikings’ nine-hit attack by hitting two bases-loaded doubles that drove in six runs.
Another sophomore, Anna Athmann, also had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.
Jacque Ludois and Ashley Ross also added two hits.
“I told the girls that we have to be more patient,” Seisser said. “We were swinging at pitches on 2-0 counts that we probably should be swinging at. Today we definitely did that. Our bats are waking up.”
Parker, 2-0 in the Big Eight and 2-3 overall, faces a tough week. The Vikings play at Verona on Monday, against Sun Prairie at Dawson Field on Wednesday and play Craig on Friday.
PARKER 17, WEST 4
Madison West 2 0 0 02—4 5 6
Parker (10)00 7x—17 9 4
Freyberg and McNett-Emmerich; Muehlenkamp, Ross (5) and Henke.
Leading hitters—Heneghan (W) 2x3, Ludois (P) 2x2, Muehlenkamp (P) 2x4, Ross (P) 2x3, Athmann (P) 2x3. 2B—Muehlenkamp (P) 2, Ross (P), Athmann (P).
SO—Muehlenkamp (P) 2, Ross (P) 3. BB—Freyberg (W) 6, Muehlenkamp 1.
-- La Follette 11, Craig 1 (6)—The host Lancers scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning in pulling away for the Big Eight victory.
Craig High (0-4, 0-2) was limited to only three hits and struck out 13 times.
“Their pitcher was as good as advertised,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “She doesn’t throw like a freshman.
“I knew it was going to take some time for us because we’re still a pretty young team, but I thought we would be a little farther along than we are right now.”
Stephanie Perleberg had two of Craig’s three hits.
Craig High will play at Madison Memorial on Monday. The game was originally scheduled for Dawson Field, but was switched due to a scheduling conflict.
LA FOLLETTE 11, CRAIG 1 (6)
Janesville Craig 000 100—1 3 3
Madison La Follette 002 603—11 7 1
Weber, Owens (4), Kelly (4), Jones (6) and Holford; Newman and Tuohy.
Leading hitters—Perleberg (C) 2x3, Farino (L) 3x5.
SO—Weber (C) 3, Kelly (C) 1, Jones (C) 1, Newman (L) 13. BB—Weber 5, Owens 2.