Craig, Parker softball finish with wins
MADISON Janesville Craig's softball team will enter WIAA postseason play on a high note.
The Cougars, behind Paige Weber's complete-game three-hitter, shutout Madison La Follette on Tuesday, 7-0, in the Big Eight and regular-season finale for both teams.
Craig (16-6, 13-5) took a 2-0 lead in the third before breaking the game open with a three-run fourth. Stephanie Perleberg's two-run single pushed Craig's lead to 5-0.
"I hope today was a sign of us playing our best ball at the right time," Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. "Paige pitched a great game, and offensively, we executed very well. We had five sacrifice bunts."
Weber struck out four and walked two.
Craig opens up Division 1 tournament play Tuesday when it hosts Lake Geneva Badger in a regional semifinal game at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex.
CRAIG 7, LA FOLLETTE 0
Janesville Craig 101 301 1—7 9 4
Madison La Follette 000 000 0—0 3 4
Weber and Sullivan; Newman and Tuohy.
Leading hitters—Grall (JC) 2x4, Kalish (JC) 3x3.
SO—Weber (JC) 4, Newman (ML) 9. BB—Weber 2, Newman 3.
n Parker 8, West 5—The Vikings turned out to be the most improved team in the Big Eight and capped it off with a win in the regular-season finale.
Parker (8-13, 8-10), which started the season 0-7, put together a six-game winning streak during the season.
Against the Regents, Parker got a strong pitching performance from Ashley Ross, along with two doubles from Erin Muehlenkamp.
"I was really happy for our seniors to finish conference with a win," Parker coach Jenni Seisser said. "It was tough playing today because of the wind, but our girls made the adjustments.
"Hopefully, we can continue our momentum in the tournament next week."
Parker plays at Waterford on Tuesday in a Division 1 regional opener.
PARKER 8, WEST 5
Madison West 021 002 0—5 6 2
Janesville Parker 030 023 x—8 9 3
Statz, Freyburg (6) and Varian; Ross and H. Muehlenkamp.
Leading hitters—Varian (W) 2x4, Heneghan (W) 2x4, Yaeger (W) 2x3, E. Muehlenkamp (P) 2x3, Lemmer (P) 2x4. 2B—Varian (W), Heneghan (W), E. Muehlenkamp (P) 2, Lemmer (P), H. Muehlenkamp (P).
SO—Statz (W) 4, Ross (P) 6. BB—Statz 6, Ross 3.