CG-Belgium salvages softball split

Rockets get shutout win after opening loss to Central in Big East doubleheader

PORT WASHINGTON INFIELDER Keelie Schumacher tried to put the tag on a Slinger runner during a North Shore Conference game. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s softball team earned a split in a Big East Conference doubleheader against St. Mary Central on Monday.

The Rockets dropped the first game, 9-2, but won the next, 10-0.

In the first game, Anna Thiele walked six, and the defense made six errors behind her, which “will kill you every time,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Scott Soerens said.

Emily Poull had a two RBI single for the Rockets’ only runs.

In the second game, Maria Dries clocked a two-run homer to center.

“She’s pretty all or nothing. This one was pretty towering,” Soerens said.

The Rockets’ Maddie Green had three hits, and Allison Niebauer, Lauren Holzberger, Dries and Megan Gonwa each had two hits.

Thiele allowed one hit in four innings. The Rockets made no errors.

On May 10, Cedar Grove-Belgium scored a 7-6 walk-off victory over Stockbridge/Hilbert.

With the game tied, 6-6, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Niebauer walked and Natalie Davies singled to put runners on first and third. Thiele bunted to load the bases with one out.

Holzberger hit a grounder to the hole at shortstop to score the winning run.

“It was fun,” Soerens said.

Thiele pitched eight innings, allowing three hits, whiffing seven and walking five.

Davies tied the game in the sixth with a two-RBI single.

At Sheboygan Lutheran on May 8, the Rockets posted 14-10 and 14-8 victories.

In Game 1, Thiele hit a triple to right center to clear the bases in a six-run third inning. Most of the Rockets’ lineup had two hits, Soerens said.

In Game 2, Olivia Piatek had a triple and double, Dries had a triple and Holzberger and Thiele each had doubles.

This week, the Rockets (4-8 overall) were to play at Manitowoc Lutheran on Thursday. On Tuesday, May 22, they will host Kenosha Christian Life in the first round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs.

Hawks trying to put it all together

Grafton softball coach Ken Hunt jokes that his Black Hawks are one of the best 2-16 team in the state.

They’ve been close to victories, but either errors, pitching or silent bats have led to defeats.

On Monday, the Hawks lost to Hartford, 7-5. The Orioles scored six runs in the first inning.

“If we don’t give them that big inning, it’s a different game,” Hunt said.

Grafton pitcher Sara Paschke allowed six earned runs on 14 hits, struck out five and walked three.

Jordyn Case went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Josephine Gust went 2-for-3.

On May 10, the Hawks lost at Cedarburg, 4-1. Paschke made one bad pitch that resulted in a two-run homer. She allowed nine hits, four runs, whiffed three and walked five in six innings.

Kirstyn Case had two hits, and Paschke had an RBI.

The Hawks dropped a doubleheader at Nicolet, 8-5 and 3-0, on May 8

In Game 1, the Hawks scored five runs in the first inning.

The Knights bounced back with four runs in each of the third and fourth innings, sparked by a nice catch and doubling off a runner on second base in the second inning.

“I really thought if we put runs across in second inning, we might have controlled the momentum,” Hunt said.

Jordyn Case started pitching but jammed her arm in a dive back to second base. Paschke finished the final 3-1/3 innings, allowing four hits, seven runs (one earned), striking out three and walking four.

The Hawks got one hit in the second game. “We hit a lot of balls right at people,” Hunt said.

Paschke went four innings and allowed three runs (one earned), six hits, whiffed two and walked three.

This week, Grafton was scheduled to play at Slinger on Tuesday, host Homestead on Wednesday and Port Washington at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and play at a quadrangular tournament in Germantown on Friday.

Pirates still looking for that first victory

The Port Washington softball team came close a couple of times but couldn’t pull out their first win of the season.

On Monday, the Pirates lost to West Bend East, 12-0. Last week, they were edged to Sheboygan South, 17-14 on Saturday after losing to first-place Slinger, 10-0 and 12-2, two days earlier. On May 8, they lost to Hartford, 7-3.

Against Hartford, Port scored two runs in the first inning before the Orioles scored five in the fourth to blow the game open.

The Pirates’ Morgan Stone had two hits.

This week, Port was scheduled to host West Bend East on Tuesday and Nicolet on Wednesday and play at Grafton on Thursday and at Hartford on Friday.

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