Central softball co-coach Tom Lampe admitted his team has had a very inconsistent season.
It appears the Falcons have regained some consistency as the postseason gets closer.
Central went 3-0 Saturday to win the seven-team Chippewa Falls Tournament, besting host Chippewa Falls — which received honorable mention in Division-1 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll — 6-5 before a 9-3 defeat of Somerset and a 3-1 win over Watertown.
The Falcons have won six straight to improve to 14-8.
“I don’t think we’ve been playing consistent all year,” Lampe said. “We’ve been up and down. We just all of a sudden kind of hit it and played really well. ... We’ve been on a roll in the conference lately.”
Olivia Kazumura was the hero against Chippewa Falls, as she belted two home runs and drove in four. Her second homer came with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game after Chippewa Falls had rallied from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the sixth.
Kazumura also went the distance in the circle, giving up three earned runs on five hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts.
Becca Edwards also homered and added a double, while Olivia Nahorniak had a pair of hits.
Edwards pitched a complete game against Somerset, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts. She also had three hits, including double, and an RBI.
Ellie Christeson added two hits, which included a double, and an RBI, Emily Jones had two hits and drove in a pair, and Molly Grabarec and Janell Gillmore each had two hits.
Christeson took her turn in the circle against Watertown and also pitched a complete game, giving up an earned run and four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Edwards had a double among her two hits, while Nahorniak and Jill Adams each drove in a run.
Burlington 7, Tremper 3
Tremper 8, Zion-Benton 4
The Trojans (14-5) bounced back from a loss to the Demons with a victory over the Zee-Bees at the Tremper Invitational.
“This was a mixed day, as the scores of the two games would indicate,” Tremper coach Dan Truttschel said.
Burlington (7-10) broke open a 3-2 lead with four runs in the top of the sixth inning to win the opener.
Kayla Freiberg (3-for-4, two runs, RBI) and Hailey Crabtree (2-for-4, RBI) paced Tremper’s offense.
Starter Abbey Miller took the loss, allowing three runs and two hits over four innings. Erica Schroeder gave up four unearned runs and five hits over the final three innings.
Tremper erased a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the second inning against Zion-Benton and led the rest of the way.
Crabtree went 3-for-4 and knocked in two runs to lead the offense. Freiberg (2-for-4, run), Emmie Cibrario (2-for-3, run, two RBI), Megan Murray (2-for-4, two runs) and Katie Riese (1-for-4, run, two RBI) also turned in solid performances at the plate.
Murray pitched a complete game to earn the victory, giving up four runs and three hits while striking out five and walking four.
“We struggled some in the opener against Burlington, so it was nice to see the girls bounce back against Zion-Benton,” Truttschel said. “We’ll get back to work Monday in preparation for a busy final week of the regular season before the WIAA Tournament begins.”
Mike Johnson and Scott Koker