Written by STEVE OSTERMANN
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:44
Grafton drops overmatched foe to advance to next round in WIAA softball tournament
For some fans, Graftonâ€™s 30-0 win over Brown Deer in a WIAA softball playoff game May 22 was an eye-opening trouncing.
But for Grafton coach Ken Hunt, the regional quarterfinal victory was simply the first step in what he hoped would be a long run in the Division 3 tournament.
â€śIt was a win. By the third inning, I was using all my JV and reserve players,â€ť Hunt said.
â€śWe didnâ€™t steal bases or try to run up the score.â€ť
Host Grafton ended the suspense quickly against an overmatched foe that went 0-19 this season.
The Black Hawks (12-6) scored 11 times in the first inning and added seven, five and seven runs in the next three frames, respectively.
Grafton outhit the Falcons, 14-3.
Ally Parsons led the Hawks by going 4-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and six RBI.
Nicole Auchter was 2-for-2 with two RBI, and Danielle Koziczkowski was 1-for-2 and scored three runs.
This week, Grafton advanced into a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. Wednesday against host Kewaskum.
Wednesdayâ€™s winner will play for the regional championship Thursday against the winner of a game between Port Washington and top-seeded Mayville.
The title contest will be on the home field of the highest-seeded team.
Grafton 8, Cedarburg 7
A three-run rally in the sixth inning carried the host Hawks to a win in their North Shore Conference finale May 20.
Grafton trailed, 7-5, entering its half of the frame.
Whitney Marshall was hit by a pitch to start the comeback, and Amanda Parsons singled. Sarah Dieringerâ€™s two-run double tied the game.
Dieringer scored the winning run on Rachel Ruonaâ€™s single.
Grafton held a 5-1 lead after three innings, but Cedarburg rallied to pull even by scoring four unearned runs in the fourth.
The Hawks prevailed in the game despite committing eight errors.
Emily Kabitzke pitched the final three innings for the win.
Amanda Parsons went 3-for-3 to lead Grafton. She and her sister Ally each drove in two runs.
The Hawks finished second in the NSC with an 11-3 record, two games behind Germantown, which won its fourth straight league title.
Cedarburg was 1-13.
Image information: GRAFTONâ€™S JULIA KLUCK kept her eyes on the ball as she prepared to swing during a WIAA regional game against Brown Deer. Photo by Sam Arendt