Janesville Parker finds offense in rout, Craig loses
The bats came alive Thursday for Janesville Parker’s softball team.
The Vikings pounded out 13 hits in crushing Middleton, 11-1, in a Big Eight Conference game at the Youth Sports Complex. The game was called after six inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Erin Muehlenkamp had three hits, including two doubles, to lead Parker’s offense. Ashley Ross fired a complete-game two-hitter to pick up the win.
“It was a good all-around game for us,” Parker coach Jenni Seisser said. “We got some good timely hitting, a well-pitched game from Ashley and played good defense.
“Hopefully, we can keep it up next week as we wrap up the regular season and get for the tournament.”
Parker (7-12, 7-9) plays at Madison East on Tuesday.
PARKER 11, MIDDLETON 1 (6)
Middleton 001 000—1 2 3
Parker 004 034—11 13 1
Brown, Stormer (5) and Rodson; Ross and H. Muehlenkamp.
Leading hitters—McDonald (P) 2x4, E. Muehlenkamp (P) 3x4, Ross (P) 2x4, Lemmer (P) 2x4, Athmann (P) 2x3. 2B—E. Muehlenkamp (P) 2, Ross (P), Lemmer (P).
SO—Ross (P) 3. BB—Brown 2, Stormer 1, Ross 2.
-- Verona 7, Craig 4 (8)—Claudia Kepler belted a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Wildcats to the Big Eight win.
Craig (14-5, 11-5) led 4-3 in the seventh before Verona tied the game to force extra innings.
“It was a fun game to witness but a tough one to take,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “It seemed like momentum swung in just about every inning.
“I give our girls credit. They hung in there and had Verona on the ropes in the sixth inning, but a double play got them out of a jam.”
Haley Bayreuther drove in two runs for Craig, while Paige Weber suffered the loss despite pitching a complete game.
Craig plays at Fort Atkinson in a nonconference game Monday.
VERONA 7, CRAIG 4 (8)
Craig 020 002 00—4 8 4
Verona 001 110 13—7 10 2
Weber and Sullivan; Ray and Bauer.
Leading hitters—Kepler (V) 2x5, Ray (V) 2x4, Kealy (V0 3x3, Holford (JC) 2x4, Kalish (JC) 2x4, Clark (JC) 2x3. 2B—Bauer (V), Kepler (V). HR—Kepler (V).
SO—Weber (JC) 3, Ray (V) 8. BB—Weber 5, Ray 6.