Piratesâ€™ comeback canâ€™t wipe out deficit against hard-hitting South squad
A determined comeback wasnâ€™t enough to save the Port Washington High School softball team from a rain-soaked, nonconference loss Monday.
After falling behind, 8-2, early against Sheboygan South, the host Pirates recovered to make a game of it. A four-run rally in the fourth inning highlighted the surge, which continued in their final at-bat.
Trailing by three runs entering the bottom of the seventh, Port used clutch hitting to stay in the fight before it succumbed, 10-9.
The rally started when Celia Van Pietersom was hit by a pitch. She stole second base and moved to third on a two-out single by Cassie Steidtmann.
After Steidtmann stole second base, both runners scored on a single by Ali Bichler that cut the deficit to one run. However, South reliever Andrea Spisla then got the final out to nail down the victory.
â€śWe had a slow start, but then we got things going but couldnâ€™t quite finish it off,â€ť Port coach Steve Schmidt said.
â€śWe had some errors early in the game that cost us, but things picked up after that.â€ť
The Pirates were charged with six errors in the game, leading to five unearned runs for South.
However, the Redwings helped Port by committing three errors and issuing 13 walks. South starter Kimberlee Weimann allowed only one hit in the first four innings but walked 12.
Trailing, 8-2, the Pirates got back in the game with a big fourth. A hit-batter and three walks aided the rally, which included a two-run double by Steidtmann and a two-run single by Mikayla Hilton.
South outhit Port, 14-4. The Redwings were led by Steph Kersten, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored three times.
Portâ€™s offense was paced by Steidtmann, a senior who went 3-for-5 with two RBI, a double and a triple.
Bichler, a sophomore, took the loss in a complete-game effort. She struck out five and walked two.
The Redwings improved their season record to 2-0. Port fell to 0-2.
The Piratesâ€™ busy schedule this week continued with their North Shore Conference opener Tuesday against Germantown.
Port will play a 4:15 p.m. road game against Nicolet on Thursday and participate in a four-team tournament at Johnson Creek at 10 a.m. Saturday. On April 20, the Pirates will resume NSC play by hosting Whitefish Bay at 4:30 p.m
ALI BICHLER followed through on a pitch during Port Washingtonâ€™s nonconference softball game against Sheboygan South on Monday. Photo by Sam Arendt