The Wilmot softball team broke out of a slump in a big way Saturday at the County Invitational.
The Panthers, who had dropped three of their last four games heading into the invite, rebounded with victories over Pulaski, Menomonee Falls and Zion-Benton, Ill., at Wilmot. Central and Tremper each went 1-2.
Anna Wischnowski pitched a five-hitter while striking out eight and walking three in the Panthers’ 1-0 win over Pulaski.
Sophia Schmidt scored the game’s lone run in the second inning. Hailie Morton, Haley Lamberson and Wischnowski each had a hit.
Wilmot (5-4) snapped a scoreless tie with four runs in the third inning en route to a 4-1 victory over Menomonee Falls. Madison Zerr pitched a complete game, limiting the Indians to a run and six hits while striking out eight and walking one.
Morton, Lamberson (run), Zerr, Wischnowski and Sami Christiansen sparked the offense with two hits apiece. Kenzi Ketterhagen and Ambriel Siggeman each knocked in two runs.
The Panthers took a 5-4 lead after three innings and scored three runs in the fifth to pull away for the victory over Zion-Benton. Morton went the distance to earn the win, allowing four runs (three earned) and five hits while walking one and striking out one.
Josephine Beinecke (run), Lamberson (two runs) and Alana Buchanan (run, RBI) each had two hits to lead the Panthers. Ketterhagen added three RBI and Morton finished with two.
After falling to Carmel 5-4 and Zion-Benton 17-6, the Falcons finished the day on a winning note by blanking Tremper 7-0.
Olivia Kazumura was dominant against the Trojans, striking out 19 and allowing no hits. Her only blemishes were two hit batters.
“Her control was phenomenal,” Central co-head coach Tom Lampe said. “That was a real shot in the arm.”
Ellie Witt went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Central’s 10-hit attack. Olivia Nahorniak (1-for-2), Molly Grbarec (1-for-4, run) and Becca Edwards (1-for-3) also drove in runs. Dana Herman added a hit and scored twice.
Central scored in five of the seven innings, including a pair of runs in the second to snap a scoreless tie.
Erica Schroeder took the loss while pitching a complete game for the Trojans, allowing six hits and striking out three. Kayla Freiberg picked off two runners at third base to lead the defense.
In the opener, Carmel snapped a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for the win.
Kazumura went 2-for-3 with a RBI and scored all of Central’s runs. Kenna Beth added two hits, a run and an RBI.
The Falcons (6-4) committed an uncharacteristic seven errors in the setback to Zion-Benton, which scored six runs in the third and eight more in the fifth to pull away for the win.
“We made some young player mistakes in the first two games,” Lampe said. “Sooner or later you can’t get away with that. We will learn from this and tighten it up.”
Witt paced Central with three hits, three RBI and a run, while Edwards scored twice.
The Trojans followed a 5-3 victory over Zion-Benton with their first loss of the season, 7-2 to Carmel, and closed the day with a loss to Central.
“Honestly, today was a tough day in a lot of aspects,” Tremper coach Dan Truttschel said. “We didn’t play that well even in the win over Zion-Benton. In our two losses, we could do very little to generate anything positive.
“We knew there would be adversity this season, so we’ll see what we’re made of moving forward.”
Abbey Miller pitched a two-hitter and struck out four for the Trojans (9-2) in the opener. She also sparked the offense, going 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Hailey Crabtree added two hits, including a double, and an RBI.
Kelsey Cantrell knocked in both of Tremper’s runs in the loss to Carmel. Emmie Cibrario added a pair of singles.