The Kaukauna softball team clinched its first FVA title in three seasons after sweeping Appleton West on Wednesday by the scores of 14-2 and 5-0 at Bayorgeon Field.
Kaukauna’s 1-2 punch of freshman pitchers overwhelmed the Terrors, with Leah Binsfeld getting the win in the first game and Haley Hestekin no-hitting the Terrors in the second game.
The top-ranked Ghosts improved to 23-1 overall and finished 17-1 in the FVA in winning their first title since the 2011 season.
“It’s good for the kids,” Kaukauna coach Tim Roehrig said. “They worked their butts off in the summer and the offseason.
“(Winning conference) was one of our goals and they reached it and I’m proud of them.”
Hestekin came within a hit batter of recording a perfect game and finished with 15 strikeouts. Binsfeld scattered five hits and totaled five strikeouts to get the win in game one.
Andrea Gocker had three hits in the first game to lead the Ghosts and Haley Huss had three hits in the second game.
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WP: Leah Binsfeld. LP: Summer North. Leading hitters: Megan Huss K 3×4; Andrea Gocker K 3×4; Morgan Johnson K 2×3; Jordan VanderVelden K 2×4; Kross AW 2×3.
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WP: Haley Hestekin (15K, 1HBP). LP: North. Leading hitters: Haley Huss K 3×4; Megan Huss K 2×3; Jordan VanderVelden K 2×3.
Appleton North 6, Oshkosh West 3
At Appleton, Kennedy Taylor’s RBI single with two outs in the sixth inning scored Brittany Furlow to give the Lightning a 4-3 lead and it tacked on two more runs for the win.
Katie Hoeft had three hits and three RBI for North, which finished 12-6 in the FVA. Taylor, Maddie Boyd and Furlow each had two hits.
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WP: Maddie Boyd. LP: Shannon Horel. Leading hitters: Kennedy Taylor AN 2×4, 3B, 2 RBI; Katie Hoeft AN 3×4, 3 RBI; Maddie Boyd AN 2×4, 2B; Brittney Furlow AN 2×3.
Neenah 4, Appleton East 3
At Appleton, the Rockets led 4-2 after three innings when the game was suspended on May 1, then held on for the victory after it resumed.
Nicole Miller drove in two runs for the Rockets.
Megan Schweitzer, Nicole Kitten and Sara Hagmann each had two hits for the Patriots (12-12, 9-9).
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WP: Stephanie Kaufert. LP: Sydney Pfotenhauer. Leading hitters: Nicole Miller N 2 RBI; Megan Schweitzer AE 2×4; Nicole Kitten AE 2×4; Sara Hagmann AE 2×4, RBI.
Fond du Lac 8, Menasha 2
At Fond du Lac, the Cardinals cruised at home by taking an 8-0 lead after four innings.
Jayci Mansfield had two hits for Menasha.
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WP: Andra O’Brien. LP: Kayla O’Connell. Leading hitters: Jayci Mansfield M 2×4; Hannah Grahl F 2×4; Taylor Rushing F 2×4.
Kaukauna 17, Oshkosh West 1
At Kaukauna, the Ghosts erupted for nine first-inning runs to blow past the Wildcats in five innings.
Logan Burton was 4-for-4 and Tanner Helms was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBI for the Ghosts (6-13, 6-9).
Riley Vandenberg pitched all five innings for Kaukauna. He struck out six.
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WP: Riley Vandenberg. LP: Nick Caramanidis. Leading hitters: Logan Burton K 4×4; Alex Meyerhofer K 2×3, 3B; Bryan Shavlik K 3×3, 2 2B; Calvin Swenson K 2×2, 2B; Tanner Helms K 2×3, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI.
Kimberly 11, Appleton East 4
At Appleton, Turner Van Krey hit a three-run home run and Griffin Hawley had three hits for Kimberly in the completion of a game suspended on Monday.
Jake Gostisha and Travis Forseth each drove in two runs for East (9-6 FVA).
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WP: Ethan Taggert. LP: Nick Goudreau. Leading hitters: Griffin Hawley K 3×5, 2B; Ben Carew K 2×2, 2 2B; Travis Vander Hyden K 2×4, 2B, 2 RBI; Turner Van Krey K HR, 3 RBI; Jake Gostisha AE 2×4, 2B, 2 RBI; Travis Forseth AE 2×3, 2 RBI.
Bay Port 10, Fox Valley Lutheran 3
At Suamico, Sam Rathburn had two hits and three RBI to lead the Pirates (15-5) to the victory.
Derek Ashman and Tyler Kramer each had two hits for FVL (12-10).
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WP: Mark Carew. LP: Brendan Stoffel. Leading hitters: Sam Rathburn BP 2×4, 3 RBI; Colten Huff BP 2×3; Derek Ashman FVL 2×4; Tyler Kramer FVL 2×3, RBI.