Grafton softball still looking for clutch hits

Port Washington and Cedar Grove-Belgium continue to develop

CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Maria Dries has been a bright spot for the Rockets this season. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Scoring seven runs in four games won’t win many, but Grafton High School’s softball team managed one victory in that recent stretch.

The Black Hawks at least avenged a season-opening loss to Cedarburg with a 2-0 win last Thursday.

Pitcher Kirsten Krause allowed a leadoff swinging bunt as the only hit in seven innings. She whiffed nine and walked one.

“She kept them off balance,” coach Ken Hunt said.

The Hawks scored their runs in the second inning. Ellie Grisar walked with the bases loaded, and Krause hit an RBI sacrifice fly.

On Monday, the Hawks lost, 3-1, at Hartford. Krause allowed eight hits and two earned runs while walking none and whiffing four in going the distance.

In the third inning, Ivana Micic and Kirstyn Case singled, and Krause had an RBI single.

The Hawks last Saturday lost to West Bend West, 6-3, and on May 7 to Nicolet, 3-1. Against Nicolet, the Hawks had eight hits to the Knights’ seven but couldn’t score enough to win.

“We’ve got to figure something out,” Hunt said of his offense.

The Hawks, 5-10, hosted North Shore Conference leader Slinger on Tuesday, play at Port Washington on Wednesday and host West Bend East at 4:30 p.m. Friday. They earned a No. 4 seed in the Division

2 playoffs and host No. 5-seeded Brown Deer (3-14) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Port wins second game of season

Port Washington stopped a 10-game losing streak last Friday with a 9-3 victory over Sheboygan South.

On Saturday, the Pirates lost, 17-4, to Appleton West and 5-4 to Sheboygan North in the Shoreline Showdown at Sheboygan North.

Against Appleton, Keelie Schumacher had two hits and three RBI.

Against North, Morgan Stone and Peyton Mueller-Stenz each had two hits. Ashley Zygowski pitched six innings and struck out two.

On Monday, Port lost at West Bend East, 10-4.

Stone, Mueller-Stenz and Tessa Egerer each had two hits. Stone and Schumacher each had two RBI.

Zygowski pitched 5-2/3 innings, striking out three.

Port, 2-17, earned a No. 7 seed in the Division 2 playoffs and hosts No. 10-seeded Sheboygan Falls (0-15) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner plays at No. 2-seeded Kettle Moraine Lutheran on Tuesday, May 21.

CG-Belgium seeking first victory

Cedar Grove-Belgium dropped a doubleheader to Hilbert/Stockbridge on Monday, 11-0 and 16-1.

“We didn’t play our best,” coach Scott Soerens said.

“It’s just learning, and they know it. It’s a lot of youth and lot of girls with very little experience.”

Maria Dries pitched the first game. Three pitchers combined to handle the second game.

“Everything we hit, we hit right at them. I thought we had good contact in the game,” Soerens said.

The Rockets, 0-14, earned a No. 10 seed in the Division 3 playoffs and play at No. 7-seeded Oostburg at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner plays at No. 2-seeded Random Lake at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Ozaukee, which played a few varsity games to restart its softball program, earned a No. 10 seed and plays at No. 7-seeded Hilbert/Stockbridge on Thursday.

 

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