May 27, 2014 | 02:56 PMWATERFORD — It wasn’t a win but it was a great table-setter for the postseason.
Those were the thoughts of Badger softball coach Emily Stipek after her team lost 6-5 to Waterford Thursday night in seven innings.
Despite the loss Stipek felt her team played good ball. Too bad a late rally failed to get them a W.
The hits totals were as close as the game itself with Waterford getting 13 and the Badgers 12.
“We hit the ball well,” Stipek said. “Even the balls that were outs were hit well. Connecting some hits together will really be key as we enter the playoffs.”
Stipek said the Badgers played as well in the field as they had all year, including some solid plays from third and shortstop.
Jordan Stritesky paced the Badgers at the plate, going 3-3 with a walk and a double.
She also set up the first inning scores by drawing a walk and pitched a complete game with six strikeouts.
“She kept the ball low and that meant a lot of ground balls,” Stipek said.
Frankie Bobula’s did a bit of everything.
She put the Badgers on the scoreboard with a double in the first. She ended up 2-4 with that double and a RBI.
In the field, she made a diving catch — the type of give-it-your-all fielding Stipek’s been hoping for all season.
“And she made another play by her throwing a girl out at home on a perfect throw from center,” Stipek said.
Waterford never trailed after scoring 5 runs in the fourth on a 2-run double.
The tide seemed to be turning in the Badger’s half of the sixth when they scored 2 runs, led by a two-run double by Kiley Johnson.
That put them within one of Waterford, but the Badgers went three up and three down in the final frame.
Kiley Johnson also contributed with a double and 2 RBI’s. Caitlynn Nugent went 1-2 and added a RBI. Cayleen Ryan chipped in with a triple.
“All the girls hit and played ball well tonight,” the coach said.
The Badgers ended the regular season with a 5-17 record and are seeded 13th in the playoffs. They play fourth seed Milton at Milton Tuesday. The result of that game was not available by presstime.