Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 17:38
Grafton bats silenced by Germantown pitcher as win streak ends at five
A determined effort wasn’t enough for the Grafton High School softball team to continue its winning ways in North Shore Conference play last week.
After posting three straight shutouts, the host Black Hawks saw their five-game victory streak snapped with a 4-1 loss to Germantown on April 29.
Although Grafton hung tough against one of the league’s top teams, it had trouble finishing on offense.
Starting pitcher Hannah Klebesadel held the Black Hawks to five hits, struck out 12 batters and walked only three. The only run she allowed scored on a groundout in the sixth inning.
“Germantown came in undefeated in the conference, but I didn’t think they would be able to hold us to one run,” Grafton coach Stu Hannam said.
“Their pitcher was just outstanding. We had runners in scoring position in six innings, but she got outs when she had to.”
The Warhawks scored single runs in the first and third innings and added two in the fourth to build a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Casey Assmann started a Grafton rally with a single and moved to second base on a walk to Lizzie Brady.
After both runners moved up on a wild pitch, Assmann scored on a groundout by Sara Fischer. But Klebesadel retired the next two batters without further damage.
Amber Tanski and Assmann each had two hits for Grafton, as did Kelsey Griebling and Kelsey Smith for Germantown.
Aly Bartel took the loss despite pitching a complete game. She struck out six and walked just one.
The loss dropped the Black Hawks to 4-2 in NSC play and 6-5 overall. Germantown improved to 6-0 in the conference.
Homestead 10, Port Washington 0 (5 inn.)
The Pirates managed only one hit in a North Shore Conference loss April 29.
Homestead, the league title favorite, jumped in front quickly by scoring three times in the bottom of the first inning. The Highlanders added runs in each of the next frames to win the game on the 10-run rule.
Mikayla Hilton had Port’s lone hit, a single in the fourth.
“Homestead is the cream of the crop this year in the conference,” Port coach Steve Schmidt said. “They’re very well-coached and have great athletes.”
Britt Schlaeger and Ciena Mitman led the Highlanders’ 13-hit attack with three hits apiece. Schlaeger’s hits included a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first and a triple.
Grafton 12, Milwaukee Lutheran 0 (5 inn.)
The Hawks did all their scoring in the first three innings on the way to an easy conference home win on the 10-run rule April 27.
Grafton scored three runs in the first, four in the second and five in the third, with the latter flurry highlighted by Kaitlyn Brandenburg’s grand-slam homer.
The Hawks finished with seven hits and were helped by four Lutheran errors.
Tanski and Brandenburg each had two hits. Tanski scored three runs, and Brandenburg drove in four.
Port Washington 8, Cedarburg 6
The Pirates built an 8-1 lead after three innings and held on for a conference home win April 27.
In the first, Port sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five times. Ali Bichler had a two-run double during the rally, and Erica Verhagen had a run-scoring triple.
Hilton hit a solo homer in the second.
Cedarburg made it close by scoring two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Bichler pitched the first six innings for the win.
The Pirates were led offensively by two-hit efforts from Celia Van Pietersom, Verhagen and Bichler.
This week, Port and Grafton were scheduled to meet Tuesday.
The Pirates will play home games Thursday against Germantown and Friday against Nicolet and a road game against Whitefish Bay on May 11.
Grafton’s next games will be at home Friday against Cedarburg and May 11 at Nicolet.
All games start at 4:15 p.m.
PORT WASHINGTON’S Ali Bichler slid home safely ahead of a throw to the catcher in her team’s 8-6 win over Cedarburg in a North Shore Conference game last week. Bichler also pitched the first six innings for the victory. Photo by Sam Arendt