Softball: Johnson Creek takes down P-E in 5; Roundup
JOHNSON CREEK — After playing in a tournament that featured Division 1 and Division 2 teams, the Johnson Creek High School softball team was happy to get back to playing a team more its size.
Not only did the Bluejays take on a program more of its size Monday, they took on a future Trailways Conference opponent as Palmyra-Eagle visited Wendt Memorial Field.
Johnson Creek (7-5 overall) showed the Panthers what it will be like next season earning a 13-3 five-inning victory.
“After playing in a tough tournament this last weekend, I think it helped us going up against Palmyra,” said JCHS?head coach Dean Hermann. “Palmyra is a well-coached team and they play some very good softball; it was an advantage for us to play those quality teams this past weekend.”
The Bluejays wasted little time getting the upper hand on P-E, scoring three times in the first and five more times in the second to take a commanding 8-1 advantage.
Alysa Doherty’s two-run home run highlighted the five-run second, while Jordyn Pipkin added an RBI triple.
Pipkin finished the night 3-for-4 with a game-high three RBIs, while Doherty was 2-for-4, drove in two and scored twice from the lead-off spot.
Pipkin earned the pitching win as well. The freshman right-hander scattered three hits and struck out four.
“The good thing is we have yet to play what I would consider a complete game. The girls are learning and improving as we move forward in this season. That’s all we can do, keep putting in the work, learn from our mistakes and go out and play loose softball,” said Hermann. “We still have a lot of work to do shoring up some defensive lapses at times. Offensively, we have to be more consistent — we go into little hitting droughts during games — we are leaving too many runners on base.”
Palmyra-Eagle (6-4) returns to Rock Valley Conference South Division play today traveling to Beloit?Turner. The first pitch is 4:45 p.m.
Johnson Creek will remain home hosting Dodgeland in a Trailways South battle Friday. The first pitch at Wendt Memorial Field is 5 p.m.
LAKE?MILLS 1 (6)
The Lakeside Lutheran softball team just couldn’t get the offense going on Friday against Poynette, falling 11-1 in six-innings.
The Warriors managed just four hits against Poynette’s Mattie Bredeson, who struck out seven and walked none on the day.
The only run came for Lakeside in the bottom of the second, after being down 7-0 already as Kelly Koch hit an RBI?single to score Ryann Burger.
Poynette remains undefeated with a 13-0 perfect record, with a 7-0 Capitol North record, which leads the conference.
The Warriors drop to 4-5 overall, and 3-4 in conference play.
A consistent stream of offense from both host Deerfield and the visiting Lakeside Lutheran High School softball team ended with the host taking the win.
Deerfield beat Lakeside 10-7 with three, three-run innings to halt any kind of Warrior comeback.
Deerfield scored three in the first to take a 3-0 lead, three in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead, and three in the sixth to go along with one in the fifth to take the 10-7 win.
Lakeside (4-6 overall) had more hits on the day with 14 as Kaity Birkholz went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Alley Murray finished 3-for-3 with one RBI and Meghan Splinter went 2-for-4 with an RBI as well.
Olivia Tatlock led Deerfield going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Aspen Kohl went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Kailee Coffey took the win for Deerfield on the mound, while Splinter suffered the loss.
The Warriors return home today, hosting Columbus at 5 p.m. in Capitol North Conference action.
Into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lake Mills softball team held a 2-1 lead over host Columbus.
It didn’t last long.
The Cardinals posted eight runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth, including a four-run fourth-inning to beat the L-Cats 9-2 on Friday.
Columbus (8-2 overall, 6-0 Capitol North) had 12 total hits on the day, to Lake Mills’ (1-8, 0-7) four, two of which came from Lexi Topel.
The Lake Mills softball team couldn’t hold on to a three run lead in the middle of its game at Pardeeville on Monday, and the hosts completed the comeback.
Pardeeville won 8-6 over Lake Mills, outscoring the L-Cats 6-1 in the final 2 1/2 innings.
Lake Mills had two-hit days from Lexy Topel, Brianna Jessie, Sydney Meschke and Lexi Flick but it wasn’t enough.
The L-Cats return to action today at Lodi at 5 p.m. for conference action.
MCFARLAND 13, 10
WHITEWATER 2, 3
The Rock Valley Conference’s best certainly took it to the Whitewater softball team in a Saturday doubleheader in Whitewater.
Visiting McFarland won 13-2 and 10-3, combining for 25 total hits in both games.
In the first game, big hits propelled McFarland (9-4 overall, 7-1 Rock Valley North).
The Spartans got two home runs from Karis Rogers, and five total doubles, two from Hailey Redders and one from Sophie Quelle, Mia Hoveland and Sydney Taylor.
Whitewater (2-4, 2-3) got two hits on the day and two runs in the bottom of the fourth, also getting a triple from Alyssa?Schumacher.
In game two, the two teams combined for 19 hits, but Whitewater couldn’t make the most of its nine, scoring two runs in the third and one in the fifth.
Schumacher went 2-for-4 while Jacee Johnson went 2-for-3 for the Whippets.
The Spartans had their 10 in innings two through six.
The Whippets will host Orfordville-Parkview today at 4:45 p.m. in a game that was rescheduled from earlier in the month.