Craig splits with Verona
VERONA Janesville Craig handed Verona its first Big Eight Conference softball defeat with Saturday’s doubleheader split.
The Cougars (5-4 Big Eight) won the opener, 8-4, and the Wildcats (7-1 league) took the second game, 10-2.
“The first game we just played a solid game,” said Craig coach Dan Bayreuther. “We had good pitching, good hitting and we ran the bases well. The big key was three runs scored on two-out hits.”
Stephanie Kalish delivered a two-run, two-out double in the first inning to put Craig ahead, 2-0.
The Cougars went ahead, 6-0, with four runs in the third inning. Verona scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings before Craig added two in the bottom of the sixth for an 8-2 lead.
Verona, the visiting team in the opener, scored two runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by Sydney Fitch’s home run.
Craig pitcher Paige Weber then set the Wildcats down in order to preserve the victory.
In the second game, Verona took control early by scoring eight runs in the second inning on seven hits and two errors.
“And we probably had three mental errors that inning,” Bayreuther said.
Craig next plays a makeup game against Waunakee at 5 p.m. Monday at the Youth Sports Complex.
CRAIG 8, VERONA 4
Verona 000 101 2—4 7 2
Craig 204 002 x—8 9 2
Ray and Janisch; Weber and Sullivan.
Leading hitters—Bauer (V) 3x4, Schulting (V) 2x3, Bayreuther (C) 3x4, Grall (C) 2x4, Kalish (C) 2x3. 2B—Kalish 2, Bauer, Schulting 2. HR—Fitch (V).
SO—Ray (V) 6, Weber (C) 5. BB—Ray 1, Weber 1.
VERONA 10, CRAIG 2
Craig 000 200 0—2 8 5
Verona 080 002 x—10 13 0
Weber, Kelly (3) and Holford, Sullivan (3); Schulting and Janisch.
Leading hitters—Grall (C) 2x3, Hartnett (V) 2x4, German (V) 2x4, Kepler (V) 3x4. 2B—Grall, Mortensen (C), Kepler.
SO—Weber (C) 3, Schulting (V) 1.