May 20, 2014 | 02:56 PMThe Williams Bay softball team defeated Hustisford High School 11-1 twice on May 17 in a double header at Hustisford during which the girls compiled a team total of 23 hits.
In game one, the Bay scored 3 runs in the first inning, 4 in the second and another 4 in the fifth. The game was called due to the WIAA's slaughter rule, which ends the game after the fifth inning if a team is winning by 10 or more runs.
Taylor Scott was 3-for-4 from the plate with 3 RBIs and a triple. Haley Shae was 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and scored 2 runs. Jamie Sitter went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a home run. Erin Lippert was 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
And game two was nearly identical.
Williams Bay scored 2 runs in the second inning, 3 in the third, 1 in the fourth and 5 in the fifth, and again the game was called early.
Lippert was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and Scott was 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
"We were very efficient in the wins," Bay head coach Jeff Kuespert said.
"We got there and we did what we needed to do and got out. And the last couple of weeks we've been playing much better than the beginning of the season."
Both wins came just a day after a 12-3 loss to Johnson Creek on May 16.The game was tied 1-1 until the bottom of the third inning, when Johnson Creek opened up with 5 runs. The Bay scored 1 in the fourth and another in the fifth, but Johnson Creek's 6-run fifth secured the loss.
"Johnson Creek is a solid team," Kuespert said.
Bay is in fourth place in the Trailways Conference standings with a 6-4 record (7-7 overall).For Williams Bay, the playoffs begin on Thursday night against Heritage Christian at Williams Bay High School. But the team still has one more conference game to play on Friday — something that almost never happens.
"Because we didn't get all our conference games in, our schedule is messed up," Kuespert said.
Game cancellations caused by the weather forced nonconference games to be replaced by conference games, to keep the playoff schedule intact. As a result, the Bay has only played 14 games this season.
"It's been trying and it's been difficult on the kids because we haven't been able to find any continuity really," Kuespert said. "We played April 7 and April 11 and then we didn't play again until the 22. And then we played five games that week and we didn't play again until May 6. And we had four games that week and we didn't play again until the 16. It's just been hard to get continuity going without being able to play games on a regular basis where you really learn the game, and you learn the game by playing the game."
This season, Kuespert said his team's greatest strengths have been on offense — their hitting power and baserunning abilities.
"We can hit," Kuespert said. "We've faced some pretty good pitchers who have set us down on occasion, but overall, we hit and when we get on base, we're really aggressive on the base paths. Taylor Scott is really close to breaking her own single season record for stolen bases this year. She runs the bases very aggressively and just has an instinct for it."
Scott's stolen base record is 16 in a season. Right now she has 16, Kuespert said, and with three games left to play in the regular season, he's confident she'll set a new record.
"And we've only played 14 games," Kuespert said.
Kuespert also said that Sitter's batting and Sabryn DeNotto's adjustments on defense have had a huge impact on the team.
Last year, DeNotto played in the outfield, but this year, Kuespert and his coaching staff asked her to move to third base and also occasionally fill in at catcher.
"And those are two things that are vastly different from playing outfield," Kuespert said. "And she's done a real nice job, she's adjusted well. She's made some mistakes, but any kid is going to make some mistakes going from outfield to third base."
Kuespert said he doesn't know much about Heritage Christian.
"I haven't had time to do any recon yet, but after tonight I'll start focusing on them," Kuespert said on Tuesday morning.