Hard-hitting performances carry Pirates past Lutheran, Whitefish Bay in first two softball games of season
It took some hard-hitting offense, but the Port Washington softball team overcame uncooperative weather and a pair of foes last week.
After having their first three games of the season postponed, the Pirates outslugged Milwaukee Lutheran and Whitefish Bay in North Shore Conference play.
Most recently, a fast start propelled Port to a 14-4 road win at Bay in a five-inning game April 7.
The Pirates scored seven runs in the first and held a 14-2 lead after three innings on the way to a mercy-rule win.
“We hit the ball pretty decently,” said Port coach Bob Snook, whose squad outhit the Blue Dukes, 11-4.
Lizzie Egan, Emily Egan and Amanda Kaiser each had two hits. Kaiser drove in three runs, and Egan had two RBI.
The Pirates were also aided by five Bay errors.
Port had three errors but held the Dukes in check behind the strong pitching of Kate Snook. The junior scattered four hits, struck out 11 and walked two.
Port 13, Milwaukee Lutheran 6
Madalyn Smith’s grand slam helped the Pirates secure a season-opening road win April 5.
Port, which scored in all but one inning, held a 4-2 lead after the fourth. After adding two runs in the fifth, the Pirates broke things open with a six-run sixth, highlighted by Smith’s homer.
Port collected nine hits, including two apiece by Snook and Lizzie Egan.
Snook pitched a complete game for the win. Battling through cold, wind and hail, she allowed four hits, struck out 14 and walked seven.
“The weather was tough,” coach Snook said.
“We had a few mistakes but did pretty well for the first game, especially under the conditions.”
The Pirates’ nonconference home game against Sheboygan South last Saturday was postponed. Makeup dates for that contest and postponed games against Campbellsport (March 29) and Sheboygan Falls (March 31) are pending.
This week, Port was scheduled to face Cedarburg on Tuesday, play a 4:30 p.m. game Thursday at Homestead and participate in a tournament at Fond du Lac High School on Saturday. On April 19, the Pirates will host Grafton at 4:30 p.m.