The Southeast Conference softball title chase is now a four-team race.
Bradford pulled to within a game of first-place Tremper with an 11-3 victory over its crosstown rival Tuesday at Tremper. At 6-1, the Trojans hold a half-game lead over Franklin (5-1) and a one-game advantage over Oak Creek (5-2) and the Red Devils (6-3).
“We continue to get contributions from hitters throughout the batting order,” Bradford coach John P. Ruffolo said. “We made some great plays and also some head-scratchers, but it was an important win for us as we move forward towards the playoffs.”
The Red Devils (13-5 overall) snapped a 1-1 tie with a four-run fourth inning to hand the Trojans (10-4) their first conference loss. Josie Deates’ double and singles by Abby Cecchi and Chloe Garofalo sparked the big inning.
Led by two-run singles from Kylar Broesch and Garofalo, Bradford put the game out of reach with six runs in the seventh inning. The first six batters reached base safely.
Livie Lehmann earned the victory, allowing a run and two hits over four innings. Ruffolo said third baseman Deates “made several outstanding plays and really set the tone for us defensively.”
After Tremper took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Bradford evened the score when Cecchi singled and scored on Sydney Strelow’s sacrifice fly in the third.
Cecchi, Garofalo and Jadynn Powell led the Red Devils’ 15-hit attack with three hits apiece, followed by Deates with two.
Brooke Lange had two hits and knocked in a run for the Trojans. Gabby Gauss (RBI) and Sam Pendleton (two runs) each added a hit.
Senior Olivia Kazumura struck out 11 and went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Falcons’ Southern Lakes Conference road win over the Demons (6-9, 3-7).
Central (10-8, 8-4) never trailed in the game, scoring a run in the first inning and padding its lead to 4-0 with three more in the fourth.
Becca Edwards went 2-for-4 for the Falcons, who finished with 10 hits.
Morgan Klein homered and tripled for Burlington.
Indian Trail 8,
Racine Case 1
Anna Vignali pitched a complete game for the Hawks (12-5, 4-4), striking out 11 and allowing three hits in a Southeast Conference victory over the host Eagles (1-7, 0-7).
Indian Trail scored in five of the seven innings, including a four-run third to take control of the game.
McKenzie Lamos powered the Hawks’ offense with her eighth and ninth home runs of the season. Morgan Fuhrer added two hits, followed by Vignali (home run), Taylor Jacobson (triple) and Maddie Kozel (two-run double) with one apiece.
St. Joseph 6,
Racine St. Catherine’s 2
Racine St. Catherine’s 8,
St. Joseph 7
The Lancers (7-4, 6-4) split a pair of five-inning Metro Classic Conference games against the Angels (9-5, 4-5) at UW-Parkside.
A four-run third inning lifted St. Joseph to a victory in the opener.
Ellie Bernhardt went 2-for-3 with a double, run and stolen base for the Lancers. Mary Furreness scored twice, knocked in a run, stole a base and sparked the defense with a diving catch in center field.
Cami Nyara allowed two runs and eight hits while picking up the win.
The Angels rallied from an early five-run deficit and capitalized on St. Joseph errors in the second game to salvage the split.
Furreness (two runs) and Caitlin Janis (2-for-4, run) paced the Lancers’ offense.
Nyara took the loss, allowing six hits and walking four.
Elkhorn 2, Wilmot 0
Izabella Regner struck out six and pitched a two-hitter for the first-place Elks (13-3, 9-2) in a Southern Lakes Conference win over the visiting Panthers (10-6, 5-4).
Elkhorn snapped a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
Starting pitcher Anna Wischnowski took the tough-luck loss for Wilmot, scattering two runs (one earned) and a pair of hits over five innings. Madison Zerr pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
Ambriel Siggeman and Zerr accounted for Wilmot’s only hits.