Former Central softball standout Kayla Konwent certainly is making up for lost time so far this spring.
After she missed all of last season and most of the previous one because of injury, Konwent has been red-hot through 19 games for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Konwent, the former two-time Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year, leads the 17-2 Badgers with a .442 batting average (23-for-52), with 14 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, five home runs and 20 RBI. She also has a .865 slugging percentage.
Wisconsin closed a five-game weekend trip to the Sun Devil Classic in Arizona on Sunday with a 4-1 win over Princeton. The Badgers also posted an 11-2 win over Princeton, a 5-1 loss and a 3-1 win with ninth-ranked Texas and a 5-1 win over Arizona State.
Konwent finished the weekend with five hits, four runs scored and two RBI, as she split time in the field between first and second base.
The Badgers, who received votes in the latest USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, move onto Florida this weekend with five games at the University of South Florida Tournament to close out their spring trip.
Panthers in college
Former Wilmot softball teammates Sawyer Wightman, Sam Schloegl, Montana Platts and Hayli Richards all began their spring seasons in recent days as well.
Schloegl, a junior who transferred from Madison College to Concordia in Mequon this year, opened 2019 Sunday at the Rosemont Softball Dome with a 3-for-5 effort in a 6-3 loss to Lake Forest and a 4-1 setback to Buena Vista. Schloegl also stole two bases.
Wightman, a junior at NCAA Division II Ferris State, is batting .308 (4-for-13) with four runs scored, including a hit and two runs scored in a 7-3 win at Rockhurst (Mo.) on Feb. 23.
Two freshmen, Platts and Richards, are playing this spring at Madison College and Division II Missouri-St. Louis, respectively. In three games, Platts is 3-for-6, with three runs scored and an RBI, while Richards is 4-for-26, with a home run and an RBI.
Gendron wins first
Former Wilmot pitcher Kyle Gendron picked up his first collegiate victory Friday for Division II Winona State.
Gendron, a freshman right hander, pitched five innings in relief and allowed just one hit and struck out two in Winona’s 10-7 victory over Maryville (Mo.) in St. Louis.
Winona enters this week at 3-2 overall. The Warriors will play the next six games in Florida.