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Hitting lifts Lady Badgers to three straight wins



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May 12, 2011 | 06:06 PM
After a rough 1-5 start to the season, the Badger softball team has reeled off four wins in its last five games.

Last week, the Lady Badgers picked up three big Southern Lakes Conference victories to improve to 4-4 on the season. Also, the girls are inching closer to .500 with a 5-6 overall mark.

On Monday night at home, Badger fired out to a 7-0 lead after three innings en route to an 8-0 shellacking of Delavan-Darien.

Badger scored two in the first, three in the second and two in the third. Coach Glen York said the bats have really picked up lately.

"We've been getting better, and we're starting to hit," he said. "We're focusing on shortening our swings. We are putting the ball in play and striking out less."

Badger only struck out once on the night. Stephanie Parks led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

She also hurled seven innings of five-hit ball with eight strikeouts and only one walk.

Tricia Shelby, Jamie Mikrut and Kelsey Camalieri each had a hit and an RBI. Riely Mikrut added a single, and Kori Camalieri drove in one run.

Badger travels to Waterford (7-4, 5-3 SLC) Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch. On Friday, the Lady Badgers travel to conference-leading Westosha Central (13-0, 7-0).

Badger 5, Burlington 2

Last Thursday, the Badgers tallied three runs in the sixth inning to pull away from the Demons. After Burlington jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Badger tied the game at 1-1 in the second. The back-and-forth continued with a Demon tally in the fourth and a Badger run in the fifth.

But it was the decisive three-run sixth that allowed Badger to pull away. Singles from Jamie and Riely Mikrut started things off for the girls, then Kelsey Camalieri singled home Jamie Mikrut. Then, Kori Camalieri came up with the big blow, a two-run double scoring twin sister Kelsey and Riely Mikrut. The hit put Badger up for good at 5-2. Stephanie Parks added a single in the inning.

Kori Camalieri knocked two doubles in the game, and Paige Stan added a double and a single.

Kelsey Camalieri added a triple and a single.

On the mound, Parks hurled a masterpiece. She didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and ended up with a complete game, four-hitter. Parks gave up no earned runs and struck out three while walking four.

"We continue to improve in all areas and hope to build for the end of the season," York said.

Badger 15, Elkhorn 9

The bats were in full swing for the Lady Badgers May 3 at Elkhorn.

After falling behind 9-2, the Badgers rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead for good.

"We started slow adjusting to the speed of their pitcher," York said. "We finally got it going in the third with two runs and had a big inning with eight in the fifth."

The fifth-inning eight spot commenced with a Kayla Cooper single and a Jamie Mikrut walk. Shelby cut the lead to 9-4 with a two-run double. After one out, Riely Mikrut singled.

Then, both Kelsey and Kori Camalieri walked, loading the bases. Natalie Ortego banged a bases-loaded single to make it a 9-5 contest.

After RBI walks from Parks and Stan made it 9-7, Cooper's two-run double tied the game at 9-9, but Cooper was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Jamie Mikrut's RBI single gave Badger the lead for good at 10-9.

Parks went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs at the plate and tossed another complete game. Cooper finished 3-for-4 with a double.

Shelby was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.

Kelsey Camalieri and Riely Mikrut each added two hits.

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