Craig looks good in softball doubleheader
Just ask Milton High coach Curt Jacob.
“I think Craig has the best team in the south central part of the state,” Jacob said after the Red Hawks fell, 6-3, to the Cougars at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex on Saturday. “Their infield is awesome.”
Craig also defeated Fort Atkinson, another strong Badger South Conference team, 5-2, and is 3-0 this season.
Janesville Parker took a 4-0 lead against Milton, before the Red Hawks’ offense came alive and delivered a 15-9 victory over the Vikings.
Fort Atkinson then shut out Parker, 10-0.
Craig defeated Fort in the first of its two games.
Senior Stephanie Perleberg led Craig’s seven-hit attack by going 2-for-4. Shortstop Haley Bayreuther had a triple.
“We had some good at-bats,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “(Fort Atkinson’s Kaitlyn) Hollman is one of the best pitchers we’ll see.”
Leigh Grall, Stephanie Kalish and Sarah Holford each had two hits as the Cougars stopped Milton.
Craig’s Paige Weber pitched the entire game against Fort Atkinson and the final two innings against Milton. She finished with six strikeouts and two walks.
“Our pitching was good,” Bayreuther said. “Our defense was shaky at times, but we have time to work on that.”
The Cougars will get a good indication where they stand in the Big Eight Conference when they open league play at home against Middleton on Thursday.
Parker was hurt by the absence of several starters due to spring break. After taking the early lead against Milton, four errors led to a nine-run sixth inning by the Red Hawks.
Parker had 13 hits against Milton, led by Ashley Ross’ 3-for-4 and Kayce Chesebro’s 2-for-4. Rachael Hearn had a double.
The Vikings (0-3), who open the Big Eight season at Sun Prairie on Thursday, only had two hits against Hollman in the Fort game.
“I was happy the way we hit the ball against Milton,” Parker coach Jenni Seisser said. “We scored nine runs. We had to bring up some junior varsity and freshman players to fill the roster.
“Against Fort, we just couldn’t hit.”
That was no problem for Milton (2-1), which had 30 hits in the two games.
Third baseman Haley Fischer was 5-for-5 against Parker, with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI.
Leadoff hitter Maddie McCue went 6-for-9 in the two games, including a double and triple.
Fort Atkinson went to 2-1 on the season with its split.
Hollman struck out 17 and walked three and allowed nine hits in the two games.
CRAIG 5, FORT 2
Fort Atkinson 010 001 0—2 6 1
Craig 000 401 x—5 7 3
Hollman and Gartland; Weber and Sullivan.
Leading hitters—Bare (FA) 2x3, Clark (JC) 2x3, Perleberg (JC) 2x4. 2B—Foerster (FA), Bare (FA), Brandl (FA). 3B—Bayreuther (JC).
SO—Hollman (FA) 6, Weber (JC) 3. BB—Hollman 3, Weber2.
CRAIG 6, MILTON 3
Milton 101 001 0—3 10 2
Craig 101 031 0—6 9 2
Terrill and Richards; Loveland, Weber (6) and Holford.
Leading hitters—McCue (M) 3x4, Grall (JC) 2x3, Kalish (JC) 2x3, Holford (JC) 2x3. 2B—McCue (M), Negus (M).
SO—Terrill (M) 3, Weber (JC) 3. BB—Terrill 8.
MILTON 15, PARKER 9
Milton 000 419 1—15 20 6
Parker 301 001 4—9 13 5
Negus and Richards; Ross and Henke.
Leading hitters—McCue (M) 3x5, Richards (M) 2x5, Fischer (M) 5x5, Carroll (M) 2x5, Sines (M) 3x4, Wolfe (M) 3x4, Chesebro (JP) 2x4, Ross (JP) 3x4. 2B—Hearn (JP), Richards (M), Fischer (M) 2, Sines (M), Wolfe (M). 3B—McCue (M), Carroll (M).
SO—Negus (M) 5, Ross (JP) 2. BB—Negus 3, Ross 2.
FORT ATKINSON 10, PARKER 0
Fort Atkinson 031 131 1—10 13 1
Parker 000 000 0—0 2 4
Hollman and Gartland; Ross and Henke.
Leading hitters—Bare (FA) 3x4, (11) 2x2, Hollman (FA) 2x4, Gartland (FA) 2x4. 2B—Coles (JP), Bare (FA). HR—Hollman (FA).
SO—Hollman (FA) 11, Ross (JP) 6. BB—Ross 1.