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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:03

Pitching wildness by Stockbridge/Hilbert makes things easy for CG-Belgium

The Cedar Grove-Belgium softball team walked its way to victory against Stockbridge/Hilbert on Monday.

The Rockets won, 20-5, in a Big East Conference game shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

CGB SOFTBALLCedar Grove-Belgium’s offense took advantage of a combined 18 walks from three pitchers in four innings and didn’t bat in the fifth after maintaining a double-digit lead.

Allie DeRuyter had two hits, including a bases-clearing double.

“I told them to be aggressive,” Rockets coach Scott Soerens said of his offense. “Their pitchers were hittable whether they were strikes or not.”

Anna Thiele pitched four innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. She didn’t walk anyone.

Megan Gonwa finished up pitching duties in the fifth.

The Rockets scored eight runs in the third inning and nine runs in the fourth.

St. Mary Central 16, CG-Belgium 15

Both offenses woke up in the seventh inning of a Big East contest last Friday as the score heading into the final frame was 7-6 in favor of the Zephyrs.

The Rockets were missing three starters, — Thiele and Gonwa, their top two pitchers — and first baseman Anna Sauer, all due to confirmation.

After scoring nine runs in the seventh, pitcher Maria Dries got tired and made some mistakes, Soerens said. Errors behind her didn’t help, he added.

Of the 16 runs Dries allowed, 11 were earned. She gave up 16 hits, walked seven and struck out nine.

The Zephyrs scored nine runs in the seventh to win the game.

“That was a really crazy one,” Soerens said.

Dries was a beast at the plate, with three hits, including two doubles, three RBI and two runs. Emily Poull and Amanda Niebauer each had three hits and a double. Poull added two walks, a RBI and two runs.

Allison Niebauer had two hits and a double.

“We definitely hit a lot,” Soerens said.

For the Zephyrs, Alicia Thone had five hits, including a triple and two doubles, four RBI and four runs.

Random Lake 14, CG-Belgium 4

The Rams have had the Rockets’ number this season, beating them twice in mercy rule-shortened contests.

In their most recent game May 4, the Rams scored five in the third and sixth innings and three in the fourth.

After going scoreless through three innings, the Rockets notched one run in the fourth, two runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth.

Soerens said his team committed eight errors and walked 10 batters. Olivia Piatek and Lauren Holzberger each had two hits.

This week, the Rockets (5-7 in the Big East Conference and 5-8 overall) were scheduled to play a doubleheader at Mishicot (13-0 Big East) on Tuesday, play at Oostburg (1-11) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and host Sheboygan Lutheran (0-9) at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

PHOTO INFORMATION: A HIGH-FLYING PLAYER from Stockbridge/Hilbert did a good job of avoiding a collision, but it was Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Lauren Holzberger who managed to secure an out with a step to the bag.        Photo by Sam Arendt

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