Lady Bulldogs rout Falcons
May 12, 2010 | 08:36 AM
Williams Bay — The Williams Bay softball squad enjoyed a cupcake Friday night in the form of the Hustisford Falcons.
The Bay erupted for 10 runs in the first inning and nine in the third on its way to a 21-2 shellacking in five innings.
With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 10-6 overall and 7-3 in the Trailways South Conference.
Coach Jeff Kuespert said the game was over after the first inning.
"We hit the ball really well," he said. "Out of 26 base runners, 21 scored. Hustisford wasn't very good."
As a team, the Bulldogs were an impressive 11-for-27 at the plate, good for a .407 average. The Bulldogs also walked 11 times and had four batters hit by a pitch.
Hannah Szalewski went 3-for-3 to pace the Bulldogs. Sam Storms and Kendra Sandberg each blasted two hits for the Bay. Other players with at least one hit included Sarah Mather, Emily Laidley, Claudia Wautlet and Leah Newell. Storms and Szalewski both had three RBIs, and Sandberg added two.
Szalewski stifled the Falcon hitters, going the distance while striking out nine and only walking one. The senior hurler improved her record to 6-1 on the season.
"She is doing a really nice job," Kuespert said of Szalewski. "She is in control on the mound. The fact that we have two pitchers has been a huge part of her success. Her and Sam (Storms) are pushing each other. Hannah has had a good amount of rest this year, which has helped."
The Bay will travel to Kenosha Christian Life Thursday for a nonconference tilt. Kuespert hopes his squad keeps up its intensity.
"We need to be consistent," he said. "I am pleased with our overall play. We're 10-6, which is good. With young girls, we will have our hiccups."
After Christian Life, the Bay will return to conference action Friday at home versus Rio (0-9).
Deerfield 16, Williams Bay 1 (five innings)
On May 6, Kuespert summed up his team's performance rather bluntly.
"The wheels came off the bus," he said.
Kuespert has said that the big inning has killed his squad all season. But usually the big inning is the result of the Bay's errors. However, at Deerfield, the Demons straight up pounded out 11 hits in a 13-run fourth inning.
"They woke up and started spanking the ball," Kuespert said. "It was an eye-opening experience. They hammered everything we threw."
Despite the final score, Kuespert thought his squad hit the ball well. Sam Storms, who went 4-for-4 in the first meeting with Deerfield, was pitched around.
The seniors once again stepped up for the Bulldogs, with Szalewski going 2-for-2 and Sandberg 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kuespert was impressed that his team only committed two errors.
The Demons are now 11-0 in the Trailways South and in first place. Kuespert said his team has to hope to win out and hope for help if it wants any shot at the conference title.