First, Callie Troutfetter secured her date for the prom.
Then, the Oshkosh West senior went out and tossed a three-hit shutout and drove in a run in a 5-0 win over rival Oshkosh North, on a sunny and breezy afternoon at the Wildcats’ home field.
Quite the busy day.
“Probably the game for sure,” Troutfetter said with a laugh when asked which was the better feeling. Prior to the game, Troutfetter and her teammates held up five individual signs that spelled out “P-R-O-M-?” and then got her answer — which was a yes — over the PA system.
“Everyone comes into this game fired up every year, twice a year, at that. It’s really intense for us and we have to bear down and make sure we focus.”
It wasn’t a cakewalk for West, though, despite the fact that the Spartans are without No. 1 pitcher Lexi Reetz because of injury and had lost their last four games, allowing at least eight runs in each of the contests.
Spartan pitcher Christine Hamer blanked the Wildcats through the first two innings and retired West in order in three of six frames in her first outing of the season.
“(Hamer) had a great game,” Oshkosh North coach Anne Stanislawski said. “She stepped in and filled some shoes we needed to be filled and did a great job.”
Hamer allowed just one hit through the first two innings and then got the first out of the third before surrendering a base hit to West’s No. 9 hitter Hailey Hendrix.
Lexi Holsten advanced Hendrix with a sacrifice bunt and Chantal Bougie followed with a single to center field that scored the game’s first run.
Bougie, who was 2-for-3, then scored on Troutfetter’s single for a 2-0 lead, which would end up being enough to get West the win. Not that the Wildcats were about to rest with just a two-run lead.
“Callie is a really strong pitcher and we can count on her, but having more runs is always be the better way to go,” Bougie said. “It feels awesome. They are a pretty good team so it’s always nice getting that rivalry game down.”
Hendrix ignited another rally two innings later when she smacked a lead-off single in the fifth, was bunted to second by Holstein again and scored another Bougie single.
“It’s awesome because you complete what needs to be done and you get this great feeling,” Bougie said of driving in runs. “Everybody on your team gets pumped and they try to carry on that energy when they are up.”
Meg Krautsch followed by reaching on an North error and then Troutfetter walked to load the bases. Kelly Wallace’s sacrifice plated scored one run while Krautsch dashed home on a wild pitch to stretch West’s lead to five.
“We had one bad inning and it got away from us,” Stanislawski said. “We were hoping to keep it close.”
The Spartans at least made the Wildcats earn the victory, which was what West coach John Kloehn expected.
“It’s a typical West-North game,” Kloehn said. “They played very well, and I thought we played very well.”
The Spartans actually got the first of the game when Cassie Buerger ripped a two-hut single in the first inning.
Then, with the game still scoreless in the third, North had runners at second and third with nobody out.
But Troutfetter, who struck out six and walked only one, got two groundballs to get out of the tight spot.
“Callie’s a good pitcher and we hit her, but we just couldn’t string them together,” Stanislawski said. “Today, she got us and we just couldn’t string them together.”
Getting out of the jam seemed to give the Wildcats a lift since they took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning and never looked back.
“It kind of boosts our confidence, boosts our spirits up when we know that we held them,” Troutfetter said. “We made some great key plays for sure. That kind of got us all going.”
Notes: Hendrix also finished with a pair of hits for West. … Tracie Warczak, Buerger and Emily Kollman each had a hit for North. … Hamer struck out four and walked on two. … Kollman also saved some runs for North when she made a great running catch to end the third inning to strand a pair of Wildcat runners.
Game ball: Troutfetter, for the shutout, the RBI-single and the prom date.
Numbers game: 3, the number of outs that left the infield.
Oshkosh North…000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Oshkosh West…002 030 x — 5 6 1
WP: Callie Troutfetter (7 IP, 1 BB, 6 Ks). LP: Christine Hamer (6 IP, 2 BBs, 4 Ks).
Leading hitters: OW — Chantal Bougie 2×3, 2 RBI; Hailey Hendrix 2×3; Troutfetter RBI; Kelly Wallace RBI.