Opposing hitters can't weather Storms
May 25, 2011 | 11:52 AMWilliams Bay — Sophomore ace pitcher Sam Storms was a strikeout machine for the Williams Bay softball squad last week.
The young fireballer lived up to her name, tossing stormy, nasty pitches past 18 batters Friday in a 7-5 home victory over Dodgeland. The Bay finished the season 12-7 overall and 10-4 in the Trailways South Conference. They are second in the Trailways South, 3.5 games behind conference champ Deerfield.
The Bulldogs rallied to win nine of their last 11 games after starting the season 3-5. Coach Jeff Kuespert said adjustments were key to the strong finish.
"It was a combination of a lot of things," he said. "The team found its identity. We figured out how to all be on the same page."
Storms only allowed one walk. In the fifth inning alone, she struck out five batters because of a couple errors. The Bay jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Dodgeland came back to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth.
But the Bay rallied for four runs in the fifth thanks to four hits and three walks. Leah Newell, Molly Perkins and Sarah Mather all had RBI singles in the frame. After a bad fifth inning, the Bay recovered to shut down Dodgeland 1-2-3 in the sixth to keep the momentum. Kuespert said Dodgeland had only five base runners in the entire game outside of the fifth inning.
For the game, Perkins led the way with a 2-for-3 performance including a double. Newell went 2-for-4.
The third-seeded Bulldogs return home Thursday in a Division 4 regional opener against sixth-seeded Living Word Lutheran (6-9).
"I don't know anything about them," Kuespert said. "We will prepare as if they are the No. 1 team in the state. We will get ready for battle."
Williams Bay 10, Rio 0
The Bay banged 14 hits last Thursday at home in a blowout win over the Vikings.
The Lady Bulldogs put up four runs in the second and third innings.
Storms did damage at the plate and the mound, going 4-for-4 with a double to pace the Bulldogs. On the hill, she fired a one-hitter, striking out 13 and walking only two in five innings.
Williams Bay 10, Rio 3
The Bulldogs beat up on the Vikings May 17 at Rio thanks to a five-run fifth inning.
In two games against Rio last week, the Bulldogs combined for 31 hits.
"It was the first time we have ever gone seven innings with them," Kuespert said.
Storms continued her torrid strikeout pace, sitting down 13 Vikings and only allowing three hits.
Kuespert said the team took advantage of an infield switch in the game that he kept quiet throughout the week. The Bay moved its second baseman to left field, moved the shortstop to second base and moved the first baseman to shortstop.
"We played well with the adjustment and kept it all week," Kuespert said. "We will continue it in the playoffs. Now we have an all freshman and sophomore infield. It seems crazy, but it worked."
Perkins, a freshman, led the Bulldogs at the plate, hitting 4-for-4. She was 10-for-13 for the week.