Kate Groskreutz from the circle vs Prescott.  Groskreutz also had the walk-off hit to give the Hawks the victory in extra innings. Photo by Laurie Klatt
Kate Groskreutz from the circle vs Prescott. Groskreutz also had the walk-off hit to give the Hawks the victory in extra innings. Photo by Laurie Klatt

By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Coach Tim Klatt

BALDWIN, WI – It was a busy week for the Baldwin-Woodville softball team.  The Hawks played five games, two conference and three non-conference.  Two of those games were at the Bloomer Tourney on Saturday.

Monday, in a non-conference game, the BW Hawks took on the Eau Claire North Huskies.  In a back and forth game with a number of lead changes, the Hawks were not able to weather the five run 5th inning that the Huskies were able to manufacture.  In extra innings, North defeated B-W by a score of 6-8.  Syd Newton started in the circle and went the distance for the Hawks giving up four earned runs on eighteen hits, striking out five and walking one.  Offensively, the Hawks were led by Kate Groskreutz who had three hits and two RBI’s.  Brooke Evenson and Kaelyn Olson also chipped in with two hits each, including Olson’s first career home run over the left field fence.

It was cold and rainy on Tuesday when the Hawks travelled to Ellsworth to take on the Division 2, 7th ranked Panthers.  The Hawks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and the score changed hands a couple times with big innings from both teams.   Trailing 6-5 after 5 ½, the Panthers were able add one in the bottom half of the 6th and took the win with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 7th.  Kate Goskreutz started for the Hawks and surrendered six earned runs on twelve hits, striking out two and walking four.  Senior Brooke Evenson led the Hawks at the plate going 2-3 with a walk and collecting three RBI’s. 

On Thursday, as was the case in the first meeting earlier this season, B-W and Prescott did not disappoint in delivering another extra inning game with highs and lows for both teams.  The host Hawks broke the scoreless tie in the bottom half of the 5th.  Lexie Klatt led the inning off with a walk, advanced to 2nd on an infield hit by Brooke Evenson and later scored on an error.  Evenson would eventually score on a pass ball giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead after five.  Morgan Smetana added a solo home run in the 6th to extend the lead to 3-0.  Kate Groskreutz started in the circle for the Hawks and had another great outing giving up zero runs through six.   

The defense struggled in the last inning and surrendered three runs, two un-earned and allowing Prescott to tie the game at 3-3.  The Hawks were unable to score in their half of the 7th and the game would go to extra innings.  The visiting Cardinals were able to score one run to take a 3-4 lead into the bottom of the 8th.  Syd Newton led the inning off with a drive to left center, clearing the outfield and allowing Newton to reach 2nd safely.  Bri Hanson then executed a perfect bunt with the throw going to 3rd and Newton sliding in easily, Hanson advanced to 2nd.  Smetana was then intentionally walked loading the bases.  Klatt drove in the tying run by hitting a grounder in the hole between short and 3rd, advancing Hanson to 3rd and Smetana to 2nd but being retired herself at 1st.  With 1st base open and one out, Evenson was walked to load the bases.  Groskreutz stepped to the plate and on an 0-1 count, drove one through the hole between short and 3rd to give the Hawks a 5-4 walk-off win.  Smetana and Kaelyn Olson led the Hawks with two hits each and Groskreutz pitched all eight innings, giving up one earned run on ten hits, striking out one and allowing no walks.

Last Saturday, May 4, the Hawks played in the Bloomer Tournament.  In their first game they played Division 1 and state ranked Onalaska Hilltoppers.  In the first game of the year, the Hawks lost to the Hilltoppers by a score of 1-3.  The outcome this time around was no different.  B-W threatened in the 1st loading the bases with no outs, but a couple of strike outs and a pop-up killed the threat.  The Hawks did get runners into scoring positions a few more times but were never able to get the timely hit.  Onalaska led 1-0 after three before extending the lead in the 4th and going on to a 7-0 victory.  Kate Groskreutz went the distance in the circle for the Hawks.

In the second game of the tourney, the Hawks faced the Mustangs from Menomonie.  It didn’t take long for the B-W bats to respond as they jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead after one.  After a couple runs in the 2nd the game was opened up in the 3rd when the Hawks put eight runs across the plate.  Morgan Smetana led the Hawks at the plate with three hits, one of which was a home run.  Kate Groskreutz led the Hawks with three RBI’s. Smetana started in the circle for the first time in seven games.  Her pitch count was monitored and Smetana threw three innings, giving up zero runs, allowing two hits and striking out eight.  Syd Newton pitched the final inning and the Hawks went on to win in a shortened, run-rule game by the score of 15-0.  The Hawks stand at 7-3 in the MBC and 10-6 overall.

Next up: Friday, May 10th – New Richmond @ BW, Monday, May 13th – BW @ Osceola, Thursday, May 16th – WIAA Tourney (If BW has bye, Hudson will play @ BW).

Check the Baldwin-Woodville High School website for the all the Athletic schedules Come cheer on your Hawks!