East downs Janesville Parker; Craig beats Beloit
JANESVILLE Errors continue to plague Janesville Parker’s softball team.
The Vikings committed six errors here Thursday in a 5-2 Big Eight Conference loss to Madison East.
Parker (3-14, 3-11), which was no-hit on Tuesday, banged out seven hits against the Purgolders but couldn’t overcome the miscues in the field.
“East got four unearned runs in the third inning, and that was the difference,” Parker coach Jenni Seisser said. “We had errors on three straight plays, and that killed us.
“Obviously, we swung the bats better today, but we still had 13 strikeouts. That’s way too many.”
Parker cut East’s lead to 4-2 in the fourth as Rachael Hearn and Natalie McDonald scored on a throwing error.
The Vikings host crosstown rival Janesville Craig at 4:30 p.m. today at the Youth Sports Complex.
EAST 5, PARKER 2
Madison East 004 001 0—5 6 4
Janesville Parker 000 200 0—2 7 6
Morrison and Babler; Muehlenkamp, Ross and Henke.
Leading hitters—Bowden (E) 2x4, Muehlenkamp (P) 2x4. 2B—Bowden (E) 2, O’Kane (E).
SO—Morrison (E) 13, Muehlenkamp (P) 7, Ross (P) 3. BB—Morrison 1.
-- Craig 9, Beloit 1—The Cougars put it all together in romping past the Purple Knights.
Stephanie Kalish drove in three runs, and Paige Weber limited Beloit to four hits as Craig (10-7, 9-5) continued its recent solid play.
“I said at the beginning of the season that we would be a work in progress because of our youth,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “We’re playing much better ball now, in all aspects of the game.”
The Cougars had a four-run second inning. Kylie Clark and Haley Bayreuther started the scoring with back-to-back RBI singles, and Kalish followed with a two-run single.
Craig will play Janesville Parker today at 4:30 at the Youth Sports Complex.
CRAIG 9, BELOIT 1
Janesville Craig 140 100 3—9 13 1
Beloit Memorial 000 001 0—1 4 3
Weber and Sullivan; Shultz and Cornell.
Leading hitters—Shultz (B) 2x3, Perleberg (C) 3x5, Kelly (C) 2x4, Kalish (C) 3x4. 3B—Shultz (B).
SO—Weber (C) 4, Shultz (B) 2. BB—Weber 4, Shultz 7.