Early lead benefits Janesville Craig softball
Janesville Craig built a 5-0 lead en route to a 5-2 Big Eight Conference softball victory over visiting Madison Memorial on Tuesday at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex.
The Cougars improved to 8-3 in the conference and 11-3 overall despite being out-hit, 9-7.
“We got out of a few jams,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “They hit the ball fairly hard, but our defense played pretty well up until the last two innings.”
Craig jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Stephanie Perleberg singled with one out, and Leigh Grall followed with a single. Nicole Kelly then drove in both runners with a double.
The Cougars added two more in the second. The rally started with two outs when Alison Hughes singled and stole second. Haley Bayreuther then reached on an error that put her on second and scored Hughes. Bayreuther then stole third and ran home on an overthrow.
Craig scored its final run in the third when Kelly hit her second double of the game and scored on Stephanie Kalish’s double.
The Cougars’ Paige Weber held Memorial scoreless through the first six innings. Gaby Loveland came on to pitch in the seventh, and the Spartans scored both their runs. Weber came back in to finish the game.
“What we need is a day of practice,” Dan Bayreuther said. “We played yesterday and today. This is a good win for us, even though it wasn’t totally pretty.”
Craig plays at Middleton on Thursday.
CRAIG 5, MEMORIAL 2
Memorial 000 000 2—2 9 2
Craig 221 000 x—5 7 3
DeJongh and Martin; Weber, Loveland (7), Weber (7) and Sullivan.
Leading hitters—Lemkuil (MM) 2x4, Martin (MM) 2x4, Maike (MM) 2x4, Jost (MM) 2x4, Kelly (JC) 2x3. 2B—Lemkuil (MM), Martin (MM) 2, Jost (MM), Kelly (JC) 2, Kalish (JC).
SO—DeJongh (MM) 4, Weber (JC) 4. BB—DeJongh 1, Weber 3, Loveland 1.
Parker streak ends
-- Verona 11, Parker 0—Emma Ray made sure Janesville Parker’s string of success in Big Eight softball did not continue.
Ray, the Verona starter, threw a no-hitter as the Wildcats put away the visiting Vikings in five innings.
“We had runners on in three innings, but couldn’t get anything going,” said Parker coach Jenni Seisser. “They hit the ball. That was a difference in the game.”
A seven-run third inning put the Wildcats in control, and Parker committed five errors.
“We just have to look ahead,” Seisser said. “I don’t want us to start drifting back to our old ways.”
The Vikings (6-5 in the Big Eight, 6-8 overall) will be at home at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
VERONA 11, PARKER 0
Parker 000 00—0 0 5
Verona 017 03—11 10 3
Muehlenkamp, Ross (3) and Henke; Ray and Bauer.
Leading hitters—Ray (V) 2x3, Ketler (V) 2x3, Gavigan (V) 2x3. 2B—Bauer (V), Ketler (V), Franklin (V). HR—Gavigan (V), Ketler (V).
SO—Muehlenkamp (JP) 1, Ross (JP) 2, Ray (V) 3. BB—Ray 1.