Lady Bulldogs keep rolling
May 05, 2010 | 08:21 AM
Pardeeville — Solid hitting and stellar pitching propelled the Williams Bay softball squad to a doubleheader sweep at Pardeeville Monday.
In the second game, the Bulldogs blanked Pardeeville, 8-0, behind another strong outing on the hill from Sam Storms.
The freshman hurler went the distance, striking out seven and forcing 12 groundouts.
"We played real solid defense behind Sam," coach Jeff Kuespert said. "It was nice to get two wins. We had some issues here last year. We needed this to get some confidence going."
The Bulldogs improved to 9-5 overall and 6-2 in the Trailways South, good enough for second place behind Deerfield (10-0, 7-0).
Storms also was solid at the plate, knocking a solo home run in the second inning.
Sarah Mather also provided a big blow in the first inning with a three-run triple.
Kendra Sandberg and Mather both led the attack, each going 2-for-4 in the game.
The Bulldogs didn't have any trouble in the first game, either.
In five innings, the Bay pounded Pardeeville, 15-5.
The Bay scored seven runs in the first inning without even getting a hit. Pardeeville surrendered six walks and hit five batters in the frame.
"It was over by then," Kuespert said.
Then the Bay again notched seven runs in the second inning to jump out to a 14-0 advantage.
Hannah Szalewski improved to 5-1 on the mound this year by striking out nine batters in five innings and allowing four earned runs.
Alex Schintgen and Emily Laidley both went 2-for-3 for the game. Mather added a home run to the Bay's onslaught.
"When we play like we're capable, this is what happens," Kuespert said.
The Bay will travel to conference-leading Deerfield Thursday.
Kuespert is confident in his team's chances.
"Playing good defense will be key," he said. "It will be a matter of taking advantage of opportunities. There is no question in my mind we can win."
Dodgeland 8, Williams Bay 3
In a lightning-shortened game Friday, the Bulldog defense had its fair share of troubles. Dodgeland busted out for a seven-run fourth inning thanks to two Bay errors. The Bulldogs finished the game with four errors.
"The girls lost focus," Kuespert said. "Their tails were dragging, and the effort just snowballed."
The Bay totaled five hits, including a triple by Szalewski and a double by Laidley. Alyssa Alheid, Leah Newel and Sandberg all added singles.
Williams Bay 6, Johnson Creek 2
The Bulldogs pulled out a big victory over the Bluejays April 27 at home.
Johnson Creek (11-2, 6-2) previously was ranked in the top 10 in Division 4, so Kuespert thought it was a huge win.
The Bay tallied three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to pull away in the contest. In the fourth, Storms and Sandberg knocked RBI singles.
Then, in the fifth, Szalewski came through with a two-run single with two outs for some insurance runs.
"It was a big senior moment for Hannah," Kuespert said. "She is coming around at the plate."
The Bay had eight hits, led by Sandberg's 3-for-4 day. Storms and Szalewski were both 2-for-4.
On the mound, Szalewski and Storms combined for 11 strikeouts and only yielded two walks. Kuespert enjoyed his squad's one-two punch.
"Creek's a good hitting team," he said. "Our pitchers kept them off-balance. It was the key to why we won. We played together, and it was a total team effort."