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May 06, 2014 | 04:02 PM
Two multiple RBI home runs from freshman in the first and final innings sent the Badger softball team soaring over Elkhorn Area High School in a 14-3 victory on May 1.

With two outs, Badger's Morgan Moore hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to kick off the scoring for Badger, and Cayleen Ryan ended it with a grand slam in the bottom of the 6th.

Moore finished the game 2-for-4 and Ryan batted a triple shy of the cycle, with a double, a single and a grand-slam home run. She went 3-for-4 from the plate and had 5 RBIs.

The Badgers racked up 13 total hits against the Elks, and "we needed it," head coach Emily Stipek said after the game.

The Badger girls have struggled with confidence issues throughout the season, especially after double-digit losses to Delavan-Darien on April 24, Westosha Central on April 17 and Wilmot on April 10, Stipek said.

"Keeping a positive attitude has been a struggle in the past," Stipek said. But the girls entered the game with energy. The girls defeated Elkhorn 11-5 on April 8 to start the season.

Elkhorn went up 2-0 in the top of the first, but Badger was up 5-2 by the end of the inning behind Moore's 3-run blast and three consecutive hits from Ashley Nielsen, Ryan and Molly Schumacher.

Following Moore's home run, Nielsen hit a double and Ryan, the next batter, knocked Nielsen in with another double. Schumacher singled to right field and Ryan advanced to third, then scored off an Elkhorn throwing error.

Badger scored again off a delayed steal in the bottom of the second to go up 6-2. Freshman Jordan Stritesky doubled to center and advanced to third on a single from Caitlynn Nugent.

Stritesky stole home after Nugent drew a throw from the Elkhorn catcher while attempting to steal second. Nugent was caught and Stritesky scored.

On May 5, the girls kept rolling against Kenosha Indian Trail in an 8-3 victory during which Badger racked up seven hits.

Ashley Nielsen was 2-for-3 at the plate with 1 RBI and scored a run. Stritesky was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Moore was 1-for-4 and scored a run. Cayleen Ryan was 1-for-3 with 2 runs and Kiley Johnson was 1-for-4 with a run.

Bobula went 0-for-3, but still managed to score 2 runs.

Indian Trail went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, but Badger took the lead in the top of the third with 3 runs, scored off of a wild pitch and throwing errors, and never gave it up. The score was 3-2 after Indian Trail scored off an RBI single, but Badger tacked on 3 runs in the sixth and 2 more in the seventh.

The Badger girls are 4-4 overall and will host Union Grove at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.


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