Janesville Craig defeats East; Parker falls on road
Janesville Craig posted an 8-1 victory Tuesday over visiting Madison East in Big Eight Conference softball, but not without a momentary lapse at the plate.
Craig High improved to 11-5 in the Big Eight and 12-7 overall.
The Cougars jumped on East starter Miranda Morrison in the first inning for three runs on four straight hits, including RBI doubles from Leigh Grall and Nicole Kelly.
As fast as the Cougars’ hitters got hot, they cooled off. Morrison struck out nine of the next 10 batters, getting three strikeouts in the first and second innings and three out of the four batters in the third.
“We get four straight hits, and the next nine out of 10 (batters) strike out,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “Then the coach got crabby.’’
Craig scored three runs in the fourth on one hit and two errors for a 6-1 lead. The Cougars got single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Cougar starter Kelly and reliever Paige Weber combined on a four-hitter. Kelly had four strikeouts and two walks.
Weber, returning after a knee injury Monday against Janesville Parker, had three strikeouts through the final three innings. She had a no-hitter against in the teams’ first meeting this season.
Craig plays at Madison West at 5 p.m. Thursday.
CRAIG 8, EAST 1
Madison East 100 000 0—1 4 3
Janesville Craig 300 311 x—8 9 1
Morrison and Babler; Kelly, Weber (5) and Sullivan.
Leading hitters—Bayreuther (JC) 2x4, Grall (JC) 3x4. 2B—Hecimozich (ME), Grall (JC) 2, Kelly (JC). 3B—Bayreuther (JC), Clark (JC).
SO—Morrison 10, Kelly 4, Weber 3. BB—Morrison 3, Kelly 2.
La Follette blanks Parker
Janesville Parker struggled in the field en route to a 4-0 loss Tuesday at Madison La Follette.
“There were three unearned runs,” Parker coach Jenni Seisser said. “We made five errors.’’
While the Vikings struggled in the field, La Follette freshman starter Nicole Newman held Parker to four hits, while posting 12 strikeouts.
Parker sophomore Andrea Roeber had two hits in three trips to improve to 5-for-6 since joining the varsity on Monday.
Parker (3-13, 3-16) hosts Madison Memorial at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
LA FOLLETTE 4, PARKER 0
Janesville Parker 000 000 0—0 4 5
Madison La Follette 031 000 0—4 7 0
Ross, Muehlenkamp (5) and Henke; Newman and Tuohy.
Leading hitters—Roeber (JP), 2x3. 2B—Lewis (ML). 3B—Newman (ML).
SO—Muehlenkamp (JP) 2, Newman (ML) 12. BB—Ross 1, Newman 1.