Janesville Craig's Weber reaches perfection against West, Parker wins
Paige Weber was perfect Tuesday.
The Janesville Craig senior pitched a perfect game to lead the Cougars to a 12-0 Big Eight Conference win over Madison West.
Craig (8-0, 5-0) gave Weber all the support she needed with three runs in the top of the first. Weber did the rest, striking out six and keeping the Regents off balance the entire game. Nicole Kelly and Stephanie Perleberg made defensive gems for Craig to keep the perfect game intact.
“Paige was able to hit the glove on nearly every pitch,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “I don’t think the catcher had to move her glove hardly at all the whole game. Paige put it right where she set up.
“And up and down the lineup, we got good swings from everybody. It was great game for us overall as a team. We did everything well.”
Craig finished with 13 hits, including three from Perleberg and Kelly. First baseman Leigh Grall had two hits, a triple and a home run, while Perleberg also homered.
The Cougars hit a tough portion of their schedule starting Thursday with a home game against Verona. That’s followed by a doubleheader Saturday with unbeaten Sun Prairie and a game Tuesday at once-beaten Beloit.
“We’ve played pretty well up to this point,” coach Bayreuther said. “But we know the competition is going to get a lot tougher starting Thursday.
“If we can continue to do things the right way, and Paige keeps throwing strikes, I like this team.”
CRAIG 12, WEST 0 (5)
Janesville Craig 322 23—12 13 0
Madison West 000 00—0 0 1
Weber and Holford; Tigges-Green, Yaeger (4) and Verian.
Leading hitters—Perleberg (JC) 3x3, Grall (JC) 2x4, Kelly (JC) 3x3, Cramer (JC) 2x3. 2B—Bayreuther (JC), Perleberg (JC), Clark (JC), Kelly (JC). 3B—Grall (JC). HR—Perleberg (JC), Grall (JC).
SO—Weber 6, Tigges-Green 1. BB—none.
n Parker 7, Memorial 1—The Vikings picked up their first win of the season thanks to 12 hits.
Karlee Fowler led the offensive outburst for Parker (1-7,
1-4) with three hits, including a two-run single in a 5-run first inning.
“We did a nice job of swinging the bats today,” Parker coach Jenni Seisser said. “And we probably should’ve had more runs than we did. We stranded 12 runners on base.
“It was a good team effort. Maybe this will get us going and back on the winning track.”
Erin Muehlenkamp picked up the win. The junior allowed only one run and struck out five.
Parker plays at Middleton on Thursday.
PARKER 7, MEMORIAL 1
Madison Memorial 100 000 0—1 6 1
Janesville Parker 520 000 x—7 12 3
Dejongh and Martin; Muehlenkamp and Henke.
Leading hitters—Dejongh (M) 2x4, Roeber (P) 2x4, Fowler (P) 3x4, McDonald (P) 2x4. 2B—Dejongh (M), Martin (M).
SO—Dejongh (M) 6, Muehlenkamp (P) 5. BB—Dejongh 2, Muehlenkamp 3.