Cougars overcome errors to down East
It wasn’t pretty, but Craig High will take it.
The Cougars scored a 6-4 Big Eight Conference softball victory Tuesday over Madison East despite four errors.
“We’re happy to take a win,” Craig head coach Dan Bayreuther said. “We aren’t going to get any style points for this one.”
The Cougars grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first on an infield hit by Gabrielle Cassady and an RBI groundout by Jillynn Mortensen.
Cassady made it 3-0 in the third when she hit a booming triple and scored as the Purgolders threw the ball away trying to nail her at home plate.
Craig (12-9, 10-7) made it 5-2 in the fourth on a two-out RBI singles by Kelly Moench and Stephanie Perleberg. Audrey Feeman scored the final Craig run in the fifth, racing home on another Mortensen groundout.
Freeman and Cassady each went 3-for-3 for Craig.
The Cougars will close out their Big Eight season Thursday with a game at Madison West.
CRAIG 6, MADISON EAST 4
East 002 000 2—4 7 3
Craig 201 210 x—6 9 4
Gilbert and Babler; Whittaker, Freeman (6) and Cassady.
Leading hitters—Gilbert (ME), 3x4; Freeman (JC), 3x3; Cassady (JC), 3x3. 2B—Gilbert. 3B—Cassady.
SO—Gilbert 3, Whittaker 3, Freeman 2. BB—Gilbert 2, Freeman 1.
Junior varsity—Craig won.
n La Follette 3, Parker 0—The Lancers’ Michelle Jones ripped a two-run double in the fourth inning as La Follette blanked Parker (1-20, 1-16). Jones also recorded 14 strikeouts.
Parker scratched out six hits, but couldn’t produce in the clutch. Parker had the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh, but failed to score.
“We just couldn’t push any runs across,” Parker head coach Jenni Seisser said. “Fourteen strikeouts doesn’t help. We helped the Jones girl out by swinging at quite a few high pitches.”
Parker closes its Big Eight season Thursday when the Vikings host Madison Memorial.
LA FOLLETTE 3, PARKER 0
Parker 000 000 0—0 6 2
La Follette 000 300 x—3 3 0
Ross, Tracey (5) and Byford; Jones and Brockman.
Leading hitters—Brooks (JP), 2x4. 2B—Jones (ML).
SO—Ross 5, Tracey 3, Jones 14. BB—Ross 1, Tracey 3, Jones 1.