Grafton softball ignites early, hangs on late

Black Hawks win first game against new NSC rival West Bend West at home

GRAFTON’S SOFTBALL TEAM earned its first victory of the season on Monday at home against new North Shore Conference rival West Bend West, 12-10. Josephine Gust took a cut. The Hawks evened their overall record to 1-1 in their first of three league games this week. Photos by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Grafton softball team started its North Shore Conference season with quite a bang on Monday.

After allowing one run in the top of the first inning, the Black Hawks put up an 11-spot against West Bend West at home.

It turns out they would need nearly every one of those runs as the Hawks pulled out a 12-10 victory.

“We were able to hold on,” coach Ken Hunt said.

In that first inning, the Hawks used a variety of elements to their advantage.

“Their pitcher struggled a little bit, we strung a couple of walks together and had timely hits with people on bases,” Hunt said.

For the game, Krysten Case went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI.

Jenna Grandinetti went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, and Jordyn Case went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Leona Meyer, Taylor Fritz and Jess Wagner each had one hit.

Freshman Sara Paschke pitched all seven for the Hawks, allowing 10 runs (five earned) on 14 hits, walking two and whiffing two.

The Spartans scored four runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to claw their way back into the game.

The Hawks, Hunt said, made a couple of errors in each of those frames.

“That’s our youth again showing through. It was the same thing in the first game (13-5 loss to Mayville). We’ve just got to shore up our defense,” he said.

West scored two runs in the seventh inning to close the gap to the final margin.

“We had a dropped fly ball,” Hunt said.

Grafton evened its overall record to 1-1.

Pitcher Megan Kurtz took the loss for West. She and Gwen Hovorka each had two hits, and Alyssa Pietrangelo had one hit.

On Tuesday, Grafton was scheduled to host West Bend East, which beat Cedarburg, 5-1, on Monday.

On Thursday, the Hawks play at Homestead, which beat Port Washington, 15-5, on Monday.

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