Anna Vignali accomplished a rare feat for the Indian Trail softball team in a 20-1 Southeast Conference home victory over Racine Park on Friday.
Vignali held the Panthers (0-8, 0-5 SEC) hitless and struck out 16 over five innings, including a batter who reached first base on a dropped third strike.
The Hawks (11-5, 3-4) broke the five-inning game open with a 10 runs in the second and padded their advantage to 17-0 in the third.
“We did what we had to do tonight to get a conference win,” Indian Trail coach Matt Bradley said. “The girls stayed focused and hit the ball well, and Anna was dominant in the circle. We were just happy to get back on the field for the first time since being in Florida and all the rain this week.”
Abby Wierzbicki (2-for-4, double) and Mckenzie Lamos (3-for-3, triple) each knocked in three runs for Indian Trail, which finished with 11 hits and capitalized on 12 Park errors.
Horlick 3, 5 innings
The Trojans’ offense showed no rust after a lengthy break, pounding out 22 hits in a Southeast Conference road win over the Rebels (1-7, 1-4 SEC).
Hailey Crabtree was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles for Tremper (10-2, 6-0). Brooke Lange (4-for-4, triple, home run, five RBI), Kayla Freiberg (3-for-4, home run) and Emmie Cibrario (4-for-5) also had standout performances at the plate.
“It had been almost two weeks since we last played, so it was certainly good to get back out on the field,” Tremper coach Dan Truttschel said. “We had a lot of girls who really hit the ball all over the field today.”
Erica Schroeder picked up the win, striking out five and walking two.
“We have two big weeks ahead to finish the regular season, and all of our goals are still right out in front of us,” Truttschel said. “We just need to keep getting better every single day.”
Oak Creek 9,
The Red Devils (10-5, 3-3) were unable to hang on to a 6-0 lead in a Southeast Conference road loss to the Knights (10-6, 4-2).
Oak Creek cut Bradford’s advantage to 6-3 with three runs in the second inning and took the lead for good with five more in the fifth.
Livie Lehmann took the loss for Bradford, allowing eight runs (four earned) on seven hits over 42/3 innings while striking out two.
Bradford’s first four batters reached base and scored in the first inning to give the Red Devils an early lead. Jadynn Powell’s two-run single and Alyssa McClelland’s RBI sacrifice fly fueled the solid start.
McClelland’s run-scoring single and Powell’s RBI groundout padded the lead to 6-0 in the second.
Powell led the Red Devils with two hits and three RBI.
St. Joseph 16,
St. Thomas More 6,
The Lancers (4-2, 3-2) avenged an early-season loss to the Cavaliers (2-6, 1-5) with a convincing Metro Classic Conference victory in Milwaukee.
“We haven’t seen the field much in the last three weeks and we really needed to show that our early-season defeat to Thomas More was just bad play on our part,” St. Joseph coach Jeff Wroblewski said. “The girls played aggressive and we put the pressure on the defense, and that wins games.”
Cami Nyara picked up the win, allowing six hits while walking eight and striking out three. She helped her own cause by going 3-for-3 with three stolen bases and an RBI.
Ellie Bernhardt (2-for-4, three RBI), Laura Steiner (2-for-2, triple, two RBI), Caitlyn Janis (four runs, four stolen bases), Mary Furreness (two runs, two stolen bases) and Maddy Lucci (three RBI) also turned in solid performances for St. Joseph.
The Wolverines (7-5, 5-3) erased a two-run deficit with nine runs in the fifth inning of a Southern Lakes Conference win over the host Falcons.
“We let the game get away from us in the fifth inning,” Central co-head coach Tom Lampe said. “We just couldn’t get out of it. But Waterford really took it to us. Give them the credit. They are a very good team.”
Olivia Kazumura took the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on five hits and five walks.
Central (8-6, 6-4) got on the board in the third inning on RBI singles from Olivia Nahorniak and Kazumura. Nahorniak scored on a double steal to pad the lead to 3-1.