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Whitnall softball team keeps rolling by notching four more victories

Falcons improve to 5-1 in conference

May 6, 2014

The new softball field at Whitnall High School has been christened with a victory.

The Falcons downed Pius XI 4-2 on April 30 to post their first triumph on the field, which is located near the Falcon Field football facility.

That was just one of four victories in five contests for Whitnall, which improved to 5-1 in the Woodland Conference and 9-2 overall.

Lara Stachowski was the winning pitcher against Pius, working a complete game and allowing five hits while striking out 12.

Sierra Grubor collected three hits and three stolen bases while scoring two runs, while Sydney Opdahl went 2-for-3 and drove in one run, Liz Thon brought in two runs and Val Nowak scored twice.

"The girls were rusty after having two weeks off," said head coach Tom Hickman, "but they did just enough to get the victory on another cold day at the park."

Falcons rout Cudahy

Whitnall followed with another Woodland victory the next day, downing Cudahy 11-1.

Sarah Bauer started and pitched the full five innings, giving up only two hits, striking out six and walking four.

The offense was well-balanced, as eight players had at least one hit and six drove in a run. Thon doubled in three runs in the third inning to get things started.

On Saturday, May 3, the Falcons went 2-1 at the Poynette Tournament. They topped Appleton Xavier 9-1, lost to Luxemburg-Casco 6-5 and trimmed Rice Lake 11-8.

"The trip to Poynette was a great experience for the team, as we got to see some quality teams," Hickman said. "It's always nice to go out and play teams that you don't know very well. It forces you to play with a bit of an edge, as you don't know the tendencies of your opponent."

Whitnall 9, Xavier 1: The Falcons fell behind 1-0 in the first inning but dominated the game after that.

Nowak collected two hits, two runs and three RBIs; Opdahl had two hits and two RBIs; and Emily LaMonte totaled three hits, including a double, and scored three times. Jessa Abing racked up four steals.

Alex Cimler pitched the first five innings, allowing one hit, striking out seven and not walking anyone. Stachowski came in to get the final six outs.

Luxemburg-Casco 6, Whitnall 5: The Falcons fell on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning.

They jumped on top with three in the second frame, keyed by a two-run double from Abing, but L-C tied the contest in the third.

The Spartans went ahead 5-3 in the fifth with two unearned runs, but Whitnall rallied with two in the top of the sixth.

Renee Caron singled, and Bauer came up with a bunt single. Abing laid down a nice bunt, scoring Caron from third and reached base herself on a throwing error.

Nowak drove in Bauer on a sacrifice fly; then Grubor bunted for a hit and advanced on a wild throw. The Falcons had runners at second and third, but Cimler's sharp grounder was snared by the second baseman for the final out.

Abing led Whitnall with two hits and three RBIs, and Bauer and Grubor each had two hits. Bauer took the loss despite allowing just one earned run.

"We just made a few too many mistakes," Hickman said. "The girls will learn from those mistakes, and they will be better moving forward."

Whitnall 11, Rice Lake 8: The Falcons again fell behind early but scored in the first five innings, highlighted by a towering two-run home run by Stachowski to left-centerfield into the teeth of a strong wind.

"It was a very impressive shot," Hickman said. "She really got all of it. The only concern was that the wind would knock it down."

Stachowski finished with three RBIs, while Thon went 2-for-4 and scored three runs. Stachowski picked up the victory, working five innings with five strikeouts and four hits allowed.

Whitnall welcomes Greenfield at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, then visits South Milwaukee at 4:30 Friday, May 9. The Rockets handed the Falcons their only Woodland loss with a 10-8 decision earlier this season.

The Falcons then take on Madison East, Homestead and Madison LaFollette in the Oconomowoc Tournament on Saturday, May 10.

Whitnall visits Greenfield at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, hosts New Berlin Eisenhower at 4:30 Tuesday, May 13, and welcomes Cudahy at 4:30 Wednesday, May 14.

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