Lady Badgers peaking at right time
May 26, 2010 | 08:29 AM
Racine — The Badger softball squad keeps fighting to improve its postseason position, and it is showing in the win-loss column.
The girls won three of five games last week, including a 2-1 decision Saturday at the Racine Case tournament.
The solid week put the girls at 7-12 overall for the season.
In the third game of the day, Badger fell to conference nemesis Union Grove, 7-0. Badger could only muster two hits in the contest.
Coach Glen York gave the Broncos credit.
"They're tough," he said. "They have really good pitching. We haven't figured out Union Grove's pitching this season."
Badger's only hits came courtesy of singles from Riely Mikrut and Kelsey Camalieri.
In the middle game, Badger snuck past Racine Horlick for a 10-6 triumph in six innings. Badger erupted for a seven-run fourth inning to take a commanding lead.
The fourth was highlighted by RBI singles from Kayla Cooper, Paige Stan and Taylor Robinson. Cooper went 3-for-4 at the plate, and Stephanie Parks was 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Parks was stellar on the mound, striking out six and allowing only five hits in six innings.
In the first of three games, Badger whooped Racine Lutheran, 14-2, in six innings. Badger broke open a close game with five runs in the fourth inning and eight in the fifth.
Parks led the hit parade with three hits including a double. Kayla Cooper and Jamie Mikrut each added two hits. On the mound, Kira Cooper struck out two and walked two.
"It was a nice way to start the day," York said.
Badger will finish up the Southern Lakes season Thursday at Westosha.
"They'll be tough," York said of the Falcons. "It will be a good tune-up for the playoffs."
Union Grove 4, Badger 0
Badger gave a much better effort May 20 at Union Grove than in the Case tournament, but the girls still couldn't pick up a victory.
Several Badgers were battling the flu, including starting pitcher Kira Cooper. However, she persevered to strike out seven with one walk while only giving up seven hits.
"Kira was really sick," York said. "She did a nice job under the circumstances. I'm confident with our pitching."
Kayla Cooper accounted for Badger's only hit.
Badger 8, Union Grove 0
Kira Cooper dominated the Elks May 18, tossing a no-hitter.
She struck out nine hitters and only walked two. It was her first no-hitter of the year. York said Kira is shining of late.
"She can be a dominant pitcher," York said of the senior. "She throws hard. She's pitching well. Her best pitch is her fastball, and she's mixing in a changeup. Kira is hot right now. Without playing Union Grove, it would've been a really good week. We're starting to hit the ball well, also."
Kira also was 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk. She scored four runs. Kayla Cooper also had three hits including two doubles. Parks and Riely Mikrut each added singles.