Black Hawks lace up their hitting shoes, continue resurgence in conference play with win over Port
After inclement weather disrupted their schedules last week, the Grafton and Port Washington softball teams were happy to finally take the field against each other Saturday.
Host Grafton was even happier after it pounded out a 9-1 win in a rare North Shore Conference weekend game.
“It was a good win for us. We hit the ball well,” said Grafton coach Ken Hunt, whose team improved to 5-2 in NSC play.
Port grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Maddie Smith doubled and scored on a single by Taylor Crook.
But the Hawks answered quickly with a six-run rally in their half of the same frame. Morgan Weisflog’s first career homer, a solo shot, highlighted the comeback.
Grafton added three insurance runs in the third and finished with seven hits.
Samm Maglio led the Hawks with two hits and two RBI. Weisflog, Katie Hunt and Kate Lennon each drove in a run, and Weisflog and Julia Kluck each scored twice.
The Pirates, which fell to 0-5 in the conference, helped Grafton by committing five errors in their only game of the week.
“We had a couple tough innings in the field,” Port coach Steve Schmidt said.
“It comes down to fundamentals. We have to do a better job of fielding balls and making good throws.”
Sophomore Abby Stanisch pitched a complete game for the win. She scattered four hits, struck out six and walked one.
After facing Port, the Hawks lost to Brookfield Central, 13-1, in a five-inning, nonconference game the same day.
Central surged ahead quickly, building a 7-1 lead in the third inning and adding five runs in the fourth.
Grafton got a run in the second but managed only two hits for the game, singles by Weisflog and Emmy Kabitzke.
The loss left the Hawks at 5-5 overall.
Grafton cruises to NSC wins
In other conference games last week, the Hawks blanked Milwaukee Lutheran, 10-0, on Thursday and downed Cedarburg, 16-3, on Friday.
Both contests were called after five innings on the mercy rule.
Against Lutheran, host Grafton had 16 hits and took control by scoring six runs in the second. The Hawks added three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Katie Hunt led the attack with three hits, and Lennon, Kluck, Weisflog, Stanisch and Amanda Parsons had two apiece.
Kluck had a double and a triple, and Lennon drove in three runs.
Kabitzke allowed just two hits in a complete-game effort. She struck out four and walked none.
At Cedarburg, Grafton built a 10-0 lead by the second inning and added six runs in the fourth.
Kluck continued her strong plate work with three of her team’s 13 hits, and Hunt had two hits. Lennon had a double and four RBI.
Ally Parsons pitched a complete game for the win. She allowed four hits, struck out one, walked three and hit four batters.
“We’ve been playing better lately,” said coach Hunt, whose team moved into third place in the NSC race.
“Hopefully we’ll get on a roll and keep winning.”
This week, Grafton was scheduled to continue conference play with games against Nicolet on Monday and Homestead on Tuesday and will host Whitefish Bay at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
On May 12, the Hawks will travel to Germantown for a 7 p.m. contest.
Port was scheduled to face Homestead on Monday and Nicolet on Tuesday and play 4:30 p.m. games at Whitefish Bay on Wednesday and at Cedarburg on Thursday.
The Pirates will then participate in the Kewaskum Invitational on Saturday and host Milwaukee Lutheran at 4:30 p.m. May 12.
Image information: GRAFTON’S KATE LENNON scooped up a fly ball under the watchful eye of Julia Kluck during a win over Port Washington last Saturday. Photo by Sam Arendt