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West Allis-Greenfield-Whitnall softball wrap-up for April 16

April 13, 2009

West Allis Central/West Allis Hale

The two West Allis teams seemingly played not one, but two, ballgames when they met April 6 on the Hale field.

The first was a pitchers' duel between Hale's Nicole Grubor and Central's Corinne Burgermeister that stood at 1-0 through four innings.

The second was a slugfest during which the Huskies outscored the Bulldogs, 8-6, in the final three frames.

The overall result was an 8-7 triumph for Hale that was achieved when Morgan Abel tripled to left-center field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.

Central, which twice rallied from three-run deficits in the final three innings, tied the game at 7-7 with three in the top of the seventh on a two-run home run from Taylor Zube, a two-out triple by Lia Travers and a run-scoring single from Julianne Bergum.

In the bottom of the seventh, Brenna Hanley and Grubor singled and Nicole Pickart walked to load the bases. Jenny Rechlicz lined out, but Abel stepped up and delivered the triple to plate Hanley.

Abel finished with three hits and four runs batted in for the Huskies. Grubor had four hits and three runs scored and Cheyenne Smith and Hanley two hits apiece.

For Central, Zube had three hits and three RBIs and Travers two triples and two runs.

"Our kids were disciplined, waited for the strike pitch and hit it," Hale coach Corri Morgan said.

Central coach Dax Rodriguez said, "We didn't play any defense; we kicked the ball around all day. Hale is also a good-hitting team."

West Allis Hale

The Huskies continued to hit well in a sweep of Pewaukee on April 9, winning 9-7 and 9-3.

In the first contest, Ashley Kluck went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, Amanda Kluck 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Jenny Rechlicz had two hits, including a double.

In the nightcap, Amanda Kluck had two hits and three RBIs, Rechlicz two doubles and Brenna Hanley and Nicole Grubor two hits apiece.

The Huskies (3-2 overall) also lost an 8-3 makeup game to Menomonee Falls on April 8, managing just five hits off Beth Nitz.

West Allis Central

The Bulldogs (0-2 as this week began) played again April 7, missing four regulars due to other commitments and dropped a 17-14 game to Catholic Memorial.

Julianne Bergum had three hits, including a home run, and five RBIs. Audri Schwindt totaled three hits and three RBIs, Amber Jagodzinski and April Wildes two hits with a home run each and Lia Travers two hits.

- John Rech, Staff Writer

Whitnall

Carolyn Dudek and Cindy Proeber got off to successful starts in their first game for Whitnall.

Dudek, a freshman pitcher, allowed two runs in the first, but struck out eight in a 7-2 victory over West Allis Hale on March 27. The game was the first as head coach for Proeber, who replaced Kent Kroupa.

Michelle Seppala had two hits and two RBIs for the Falcons. Whitnall tied the game with two runs in the third, took the lead with one in the fourth, and added two runs in both the fifth and seventh to pull away.

"Our first win was a great showing by Carolyn," Proeber said. "We have a very strong defensive team this year."

Rachel Wilson and Allison Barnhardt also had two hits each for the Falcons.

All three of the Falcons' scheduled games for last week were postponed due to inclement weather.

- Jerry Karpowicz, Staff Writer

Greenfield

Defensive struggles helped limit the Hustlin' Hawks to a 2-2 record to open the season last week.

"We did not play well defensively," coach Jack Miller said. "We gave teams more than three outs in some innings and we've given away a number of runs."

The Hawks' best game was a 10-0 romp over New Berlin West on April 9 in which Shannon Butts allowed five hits in five innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Butts also went 3-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and four runs batted.

Alex Sokol went 3-for-3, and Erica Wotnoske and Jessica Manzuk each added two hits.

Greenfield pounded Shorewood, 24-5, April 7 as Sarah Fisher went 5-for-5 with four runs scored and Stacey Butts 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs.

The Hawks fell to Cudahy, 5-1, April 8 as Alison Schell had two hits, including a triple.

They also lost to Oak Creek, 10-5, April 6 despite two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs by Shannon Butts.

Greenfield will visit St. Thomas More on Tuesday, April 21.

- John Rech, Staff Writer

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