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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:22

Failure to protect leads takes toll on Grafton in early season softball showdown with Homestead

Few things are more frustrating than seeing a victory slip away.

Just ask Grafton softball coach Ken Hunt, who could only shake his head after watching his team fall to host Homestead, 11-10, in a North Shore Conference game April 16.


“We had a million opportunities and shot ourselves in the foot several times,” Hunt said of a contest in which Grafton failed to protect a pair of five-run leads and was outscored, 6-0, in the final three innings.


“We jumped out early and had early leads, but mistakes did us in.”


Cashing in on its chances, Homestead overcame a 10-5 deficit by scoring three runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh.


The Highlanders’ decisive rally started when Hannah Behnken walked, stole second base and moved to third on a groundout. Carly Schulz followed with a run-scoring double that tied the score and then raced home, sliding in with the winning run when Allie Beckers singled to center field.


Homestead outhit the Black Hawks, 16-8, to prevail in an early season showdown between two NSC title contenders.


For most of the game, Grafton held the upper hand. The Hawks scored five runs in the first inning, added two runs in each of the second and fourth and tacked on another in the fifth.


Hunt said his team could have built an even bigger lead if it hadn’t failed to score after loading the bases with one out in the third inning. The rally fizzled when a runner was tagged out after straying too far from third base.


“We had some atrocious baserunning in the game,” Hunt said.


Grafton received some help from the Highlanders, as well. The Hawks drew 13 walks from a pair of Homestead pitchers.


Leading Grafton at the plate was Danielle Koziczkowski, who went 2-for-5. Abby Stanisch walked four times and scored twice, and Kate Lennon drove in two runs.


Homestead hit the ball hard against Stanisch, who worked the first 4-1/3 innings, and reliever Ally Parsons. Schulz had four hits to lead the Highlanders, who also got three from Margaux Wilson and two each from Behnken and Beckers.

 
Doubleheader split keeps Rockets up and down PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:20

Young CG-B softball team still striving for consistency after dividing league twin bill

Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Scott Soerens’ softball team is doing what youth often does: blowing hot and cold.

The Rockets went 2-2 in Central Lakeshore Conference play last week, looking sharp at times and struggling on occasion.


Last Friday, the Rockets split a home doubleheader with Howards Grove, scoring a 3-2 win before losing, 13-8.


Earlier in the week, Cedar Grove-Belgium lost to Random Lake on April 16 and defeated Oostburg on April 14.


“I think it kind of shows the youth of this team,” said Soerens, whose squad started this week with a 2-3 league record.


“We had three freshmen and two sophomores starting, and most of our seniors haven’t had a whole lot of experience starting.


“Focus is something they talked about. Sometimes if you sit back on your heels too much, a play gets by you that shouldn’t.”

 
Duo clinches Pirates’ tennis win PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:19

A clutch win in the final match lifted the Port Washington boys’ tennis team to a 4-3 victory over Howards Grove in a nonconference meet Monday.

The host Pirates prevailed when the No. 3 duo of Benji Jarman and Taylor Snider pulled out a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win over Trent Benninghaus and Brad Olson.

Port also got a 6-1, 6-0 win from the No. 2 duo of Jack Larson and Charles Schlessinger.

In singles, the Pirates got wins from Jimmy Clarke at No. 2 and Ethan Hoag at No. 4.

Clarke prevailed in a 6-4, 7-5 battle with Keegan Rhynns.

Another tight match took place at No. 1 singles, where Port’s Kenneth Zacher was edged by Luke Stanczyk, 6-3, 6-4.

 
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