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Williams Bay softball snubbed in WIAA playoff seeding?
Team draws No. 3 seed, ranked in Division 4

by Mike Ramczyk

May 16, 2013

Senior Sam Storms is 9-2 this season with a 1.75 ERA. She also leads the club with a .609 batting average.Mike Ramczyk.
WILLIAMS BAY — The Williams Bay softball team keeps winning, but the WIAA doesn't seem too impressed.

Last week, the Lady Bulldogs were given a No. 3 seed in their Division 4 regional, which begins Thursday in Williams Bay. Despite a 12-2 record and a No. 19 ranking in the Division 4 state poll, the Bay was seeded below top seed Barneveld and second-seeded Monticello, two unranked clubs.

"I am not happy with our seed," Bay coach Jeff Kuespert said. "I feel like we are a No. 1 seed and that because of the way the WIAA set our regional, we got shafted on our seed. Our regional consists of six teams from the same conference and us, which doesn't seem real fair."

On Monday, the Bulldogs took out their frustrations against Johnson Creek, Division 4's 14th-ranked squad.

The Bulldogs held strong to second place in the Trailways South Conference with a doubleheader sweep of the Bluejays, 7-0 and 4-3.

"We played extremely well," Kuespert said. "We came out focused and ready to play. The defense was outstanding, and offensively we sprayed the ball to all parts of the park."

In the 7-0 victory, the Bay dominated all facets of game. The girls smashed 12 hits, led by Sam Storms' three.

Alex Schintgen and Lizzy Smith each added two hits.

Smith and Storms had two RBIs apiece.

Emmalyn Meyers, Claudia Wautlet, Taylor Scott, Haley Shea and Jamie Sitter all tallied one hit.

For the season, the Bay is hitting .361. Storms paces the girls with a .609 clip.

On the mound, Storms struck out 10 and scattered four hits in seven innings. She only gave up one walk. Storms improved to 9-2 on the season and lowered her earned-run average to 1.75. She has struck out 92 batters in 68 innings.

The Bay jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on in the 4-3 victory. Creek scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh but couldn't catch up.

The Bay only mustered four hits but capitalized off four Johnson Creek errors.

Scott belted a triple and finished with two RBIs. Storms, Meyers and Sitter also had hits.

Storms went the distance again on the mound, allowing three earned runs and scattering six hits while striking out seven.

The Bay hosts sixth-seeded Pecatonica Thursday in a playoff opener. The first pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

"In the playoffs we can go as far as our defense will take us," Kuespert said. "We are going to hit, score, run, and pitch. Our defense will be key in our run."

Horicon 4, Williams Bay 2

The Bulldogs suffered a rare loss at home May 10.

All of the game's runs came in the first inning. In the top of the frame, the Bay committed two errors with two outs, which set up a three-run home run by Cheyenne Czerwinski.

The Bay came back with two runs in the bottom of the first. Storms and Shea each tallied RBIs.

It was a pitcher's duel the rest of the way, with both pitchers settling down and mowing down batter after batter. The Bay only totaled five hits, and Horicon finished with four hits. It was a strong performance against Division 3's third-ranked team.

"I was very pleased with the team's performance," Kuespert said. "The first inning was not good but overall the team played very well. To hold the No. 3-ranked team in the state to four unearned runs, all coming in the first, is a positive that needs to be taken away from that game."