CG-B softball hits milestone in playoffs

Thiele pitches the second no-hitter in program history

CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Megan Gonwa took a cut in a playoff victory over Kenosha Christian Life on May 22. Photos by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press staff

Anna Thiele used her best stuff when it counted the most for Cedar Grove-Belgium’s softball team.

The Rockets, who earned a No. 7 seed in the Division 3 playoffs, beat No. 10-seeded Kenosha Christian Life on May 22, 16-1, behind a no-hitter from Thiele.

The senior pitched three innings in a game shortened by the 15-run mercy rule.

“She did what we talked about, went at people and let her defense help her,” coach Scott Soerens said.

Kenosha Christian Life scored its run on a walk, steal and passed ball, he said.

The Rockets’ offense matched Thiele’s excellence.

“We pretty much hit all the way up and down the lineup. It seemed like we were seeing the ball well,” Soerens said.

The Rockets’ next playoff game was moved from Wednesday to Thursday due to a death of a Shoreland Lutheran student.

Senior Cameron Nahf was killed in a car accident on Wednesday. His younger brother was seriosly injured.

“I’ve got to give them a lot of credit because they were dealing with the death of one of their students,” Soerens said.

“There were lots of tears during that game on both sides.”

Lutheran had the bats going, winning, 14-1, in five innings.

“They hit all the way up and down the lineup. They had a pretty good hitting lineup,” Soerens said.

The Rockets made good contact but couldn’t find holes.

“We hit the ball hard, it was just at people. We left a lot of runners on base.”

On Friday, No. 2-seeded Lutheran lost to No. 3-seeded Lake Country Lutheran, 4-3.

Cedar Grove-Belgium finished its season at 6-11 and another playoff victory.

“That was exciting to move on,” Soerens said.

Thiele’s no-hitter was the second in the history of the program. Soerens said he thinks Steph Ruppel had the first.



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