Written by STEVE OSTERMANN
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:42
Softball team shows its power by scoring in bunches during lopsided home wins
The Port Washington High School softball team wasted no time lowering the boom this spring.
Blending hard-hitting offense with sharp pitching, the Pirates cruised to wins in their first two games of the season, most recently an 11-1 victory over Sheboygan South last Friday.
The contest was scoreless through three innings, but host Port erupted for six runs in the fourth and added five runs in the last two frames.
Stephanie Volesky’s bases-loaded triple with one out in the sixth provided the final margin in a game decided by the 10-run rule.
“We just started manufacturing runs,” Pirates coach Steve Schmidt said. “We had a number of timely hits.”
Port’s nine-hit attack was led by Volesky, who went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs. Kelsey Brockman and Ali Bichler each had two hits.
Bichler, a senior right-hander, picked up the win with a complete-game effort. She scattered five hits, struck out eight and walked only one.
The game was the makeup of a March 30 contest postponed due to inclement weather.
Port 22, Milwaukee Lutheran 0 (5 inn.)
A nine-run first inning gave the host Pirates quick control in a North Shore Conference game that opened their season April 3.
Port added eight runs in the second inning and boosted the margin to 21-0 after three innings.
Besides pounding out 20 hits, the Pirates received 10 walks from a pair of Lutheran pitchers.
“The girls were patient and waited until they got something to hit,” Schmidt said.
Mikayla Hilton led the offensive assault with a 5-for-5 effort that included two doubles and two RBI.
Bichler went 4-for-4, Sam Wagner was 3-for-4 and Taylor Miller was 2-for-4 with six RBI.
Bichler pitched the first three innings for the win, and Jill VandeBoom worked the final two frames.
Lutheran’s lone hit was a fourth-inning triple by Kim Anas.
Port will resume play Saturday, April 14, when it travels to Johnson Creek for a split doubleheader. The Pirates will play Watertown Luther Prep at 11:35 a.m., followed by a game against Johnson Creek.
Port will then play a 5 p.m. conference game at Campbellsport on April 16 and host Homestead in a 4:30 p.m. NSC contest April 17.
Image Information: SENIOR PITCHER Ali Bichler was the winning pitcher in the Port Washington sofftball team’s first two games of the season. Most recently, she threw a five-hitter in an 11-1 victory over Sheboygan South last Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt