Sheboygan North’s softball team had opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize on enough of them Thursday in a 5-4 loss to Fox River Classic Conference foe Green Bay East.
After falling behind early, the Golden Raiders (9-5, 6-4 FRCC) started to pick up steam midway through the game, sending pairs of runners across home plate in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
But the runs couldn’t undue the lead picked up earlier by the Red Devils, who scored all five of their runs in the first four innings to hold on for the win.
“We were a little flat to begin with,” North coach Josh Hoffer said, noting the team had opportunities to score toward the end of the game. “… We just couldn’t come up with that one clutch hit in the last innings.”
Freshman Raven Gmach, who pitched all seven innings to collect the seven-hits, six strikeout loss, helped power North’s offense with two hits on three at-bats with a double and an RBI. Taylor Bruinooge helped, with a 1-of-3 finish with a run and an RBI.
De Pere 13, Sheb. South 0
Lexi Lecalsey tossed a one-hitter, striking out 10, as the Redbirds won in five innings.
Emily Ott and Miranda Patterson each drove in three runs and Corynn Ginnow had two hits for De Pere (7-5).
Plymouth 13, Kiel 4
The Panthers scored 12 runs in the last four innings — including five in the fourth — to take Thursday’s win on the road.
Sara Thompson and Joa Cain helped key the win after each batted two triples and a pair of RBI for Plymouth (13-2, 8-2 Eastern Wisconsin Conference).
Rachel Romps allowed eight hits and four earned runs in a 10-strikeout win from inside Plymouth’s pitchers circle.
Cedar Grove 19, Lutheran/Kohler 13
The Rockets scored nine runs in the top of the seventh inning to win the Central Lakeshore Conference road win in the rain.
Mandi Race went 3-for-5 with a single, double and home run while driving in five runs to lead Cedar Grove offensively. Shelby Harmon, Cheyenne Gilbert, Maria Schueller and Mariah Navis all added two hits for the winners.
Kasie Feind picked up the win, allowing 12 earned runs on 15 hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
For Lutheran, Jordan Thaves went 4-for-4 with a triple and two home runs and a whopping seven RBI and four runs.
Haleigh Kaiser went 3-for-5 with three runs. Abby Smith took the loss allowing 13 earned runs on 14 hits with eight strikeouts.