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Hale girls show some heart at Hart Park

Softball team overcomes slow start against last-place Tosa East

May 24, 2010

West Allis — Plenty of resiliency was shown by the West Allis Hale softball team last week.

On Friday against Wauwatosa East, the last-place team in the Greater Metro Conference, the Huskies struggled early, coming up with no runs and just two hits in the first three innings.

They also went through a frustrating and potentially damaging situation in the top of the third. After a single by Alyssa Witkowski, a walk to Jessica Knurowski and a wild pitch, they had runners at second and third with no outs.

Morgan Abel, though, popped up to third base and Jenny Rechlicz then tried a squeeze bunt, but an error in communication led to a double play, as runners were thrown out at home and third.

Hale shook off that misfortune, though, and tallied six runs in the next two innings en route to a 7-1 triumph at Hart Park.

That victory capped a perfect week for the Huskies, who also downed Whitefish Bay, 14-2, on May 19 and Brookfield East, 7-3, on May 18 to improve to 6-7 in the GMC and 8-8 overall.

"We had a good week," coach Kay Nichols said. "We're turning things around here with three wins."

After the third inning against East, Hale took command, tallying four times in the fourth. Singles by Shannon Huberty and Rachel Seefeldt set things up for Jenny Schmidt, who drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to leftfield. Jocelyn Klescewski followed with a run-scoring single.

Nicole Pickart singled and freshman Ashley Palesse stepped to the plate for her first at-bat after taking over for Knurowski, who was injured while being thrown out at third in the third inning. Palesse promptly lined a two-run single to make it 4-0. "It was a low pitch, and I just hit the ball," she said.

Nichols said, "I was kind of disappointed that we came out the first three innings and didn't score. It was nice to come back in the fourth and get four runs."

The Huskies added two in the fifth on an RBI double from Seefeldt and run-scoring single by Pickart. They pushed across another in the seventh on a double by Huberty and single from Schmidt.

Starting pitcher Witkowski allowed just four hits, surrendering a single tally in the bottom of the seventh.

Huberty, Seefeldt, Schmidt, Klescewski and Pickart - the heart of the Hale order - each collected two hits on the day.

In the Bay game May 19, Hale pounded out 17 hits, including three from Amanda Kluck (with a double and two RBIs) and Seefeldt ( three doubles and two RBIs). The Huskies broke open a 4-1 game with five in the sixth and five in the seventh. Ashley Kluck got the victory, striking out five.

Huberty went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs against Brookfield East, while Rechlicz was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Witkowski allowed six hits to post that victory.

The Huskies closed out the regular season this week and will begin WIAA tournament play on Tuesday. The opponent and site had not been set as of press time.

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