By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Head Coach Tim Klatt
BALDWIN, WI – The Baldwin-Woodville High School softball team crushed the visitors from Menomonie with some hot bats and good pitching last Friday to close out the month of March at Millpond Park for their second win of the 2017 season. They shut out the visiting Mustangs from the east 10 – 0.
B-W pitcher Kayla Furrer picked up the big win for the Hawks after 5 innings.
Coach Klatt recapped the game highlights as follows: The bats came alive today vs Menomonie. In the bottom of the 1st, the Hawks were able to put four runs on the board. The inning was highlighted by a two out double by Maddie Campbell. Kayla Furrer had a good mix of pitches going as she only gave up one hit in the first four innings. The Hawks struck again in the 4th inning with two more runs as Maddie Campbell hit a single up the middle and advanced to 2nd when Hannah Phelps reached on an error. The Hawks played a little small ball as the next two batters; Emily McNamara and Lexie Klatt were able to advance the runners with sac bunts with Campbell scoring on the latter with the throw to 1st. Brooke Evenson then drove in Phelps with a base hit to left. Furrer and Sydney Newton were able to retire the Mustangs in the next two innings. In the bottom of the 6th, the Hawks were able to end the game with four more runs. Freshman Kaelyn Olson led off the inning with a single to right, followed by a base on balls by Alex Carlson and an RBI single by Klatt. Brooke Evenson then hit a 2 RBI double over the center fielder’s head and then scored the game ending run scoring on a base hit up the middle by Lindsey Burr.
“It was nice to see the girls make better swings today. They were a little more patient at the plate and made better contact than they did vs Elk Mound. I was again proud of the girls with their ability to get the bunts down. We were able to move runners over early in the innings giving others opportunities to come up with some timely hits that scored runs. Kayla threw well today, especially her success with the off-speed pitches. In order for us to be successful later in the season, our pitchers need to have command of those pitches. Newton also threw well and we are looking forward to getting her a few more innings in next week’s schedule.”
The Hawks had a busy schedule this past week with away games at Durand on Tuesday and Grantsburg today (Thursday, April 6, 2017).
Come cheer on the Hawks at the next home game this Friday night, April 7, 2017 vs Spring Valley at 5:00 pm at Millpond Park Softball Field, 733 220th St. Baldwin, WI. GO HAWKS!