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Monroe splits high-scoring affairs
Olivia Feller
Olivia Feller tags out a Stoughton runner attempting to steal second during a 10-5 nonconference game on Saturday, April 13. - Photo for the Times: Monroe Cheesemaker Softball

Brodhead defends title with two shutouts, Darlington picks up first win in tournament

By Natalie Dillon


MONROE — An 8-run third propelled Monroe over Platteville 15-1 in a nonconference game on Thursday, April 11. The Cheesemakers outhit the Hillmen 10-2 and had half the errors.

Chesney Slotten and Kate Kundert had multiple-hit games, going a combined 4-for-7. Kaegann Paulson (3), Katrina Sathoff (2), Brinley Roidt (2), Sophie Golembiewski (4) and Kundert (2) all drove in multiple runs. In the circle, Paulson pitched a complete-game two-hitter. She struck out five and walked two.



MONROE — The Cheesemakers hosted former Badger Conference opponents Stoughton and Oregon in a triangular on Saturday, April 13 where runs were plentiful for all teams.

In Monroe’s affair with Stoughton, the Cheesemakers outhit the Vikings just 12-10 and committed one more error. A 5-run second was the difference, where Monroe tallied four of its hits and tacked on three runs with two outs.

Sathoff led the squad, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Roidt, Kundert and Chesney Slotten also recorded a multiple-hit game. At the top of the lineup, Paulson drove in two runs. In the circle, she pitched all seven innings, giving up one earned run on 10 hits. She struck out six and walked one.

Monroe then faced a battle-tested Oregon team. The Panthers have just two ranked losses on the season — No. 3 in Division 1 Watertown and No. 8 in Division 1 Milton. While the Cheesemaker bats kept pace, defense was its downfall with five errors.  

Paulson led the team, going 3-for-4 at leadoff with an RBI. Slotten and Kundert tallied two hits each. In the circle, Paulson gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits. She walked four and struck out three.


CLINTON — Defending state champion and No. 1 ranked team in Division 3 Brodhead used a 16-run first to dispatch Clinton in a Rock Valley Conference game Thursday, April 11. Seven Cardinals were not retired in multiple at bats. 

At the top of the lineup, Sophia Leitzen went 2-for-2 with a home run, two stolen bases and 5 RBIs. No. 8 hitter Keegan Steinke was 3-for-3 with two doubles and 5 RBIs. Jerrica Schwartz also drove in multiple runs, going 3-for-3 four RBIs. 

Ava Risum and Leitzen combined for a two-hit shutout. They struck out nine batters and walked just one.



DELAVAN — Sophia Leitzen pitched a perfect game and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle in a Rock Valley Conference crossover game on Friday, April 12. 

At leadoff, Leitzen was 3-for-3 with a double, triple, stolen base and 2 RBIs. Allie Dahl and Schwartz recorded two hits each, while Risum drove in two runs. In the circle, Leitzen struck out eight of 12 batters faced.


JUDA — The No. 8 Panthers outhit the No. 4 Braves 10-7, but defense was their Achilles’ Heel. Juda-Albany committed four errors leading to two unearned runs in a Six Rivers conference crossover game on Friday, April 12.

Anna Ellinger, Alana Durtschi, Myah Johnson and Emerson Briggs recorded two hits each in the loss. Avary Briggs got the start and gave up three earned runs on four hits. She struck out five and walked one. Emerson Briggs pitched two innings, giving up tow earned runs on three hits. 


SOUTH WAYNE — The Orioles may have collected nine hits, but their defense couldn’t handle the ball. ABH committed 12 errors leading to 11 unearned runs in a Six Rivers Conference crossover game on Thursday, April 11.

Maddy Lange was 3-for-4 with one run scored, and Sam Kammes was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Kylie Butler got the start, giving up eight unearned runs on six hits. Mya McNett pitched three innings in relief, allowing seven runs on eight hits. The pitching staff struck out 10 and walked nine.



HIGHLAND — The Orioles cut down their errors from the previous night, but ABH couldn’t keep pace with Highland in a conference crossover loss on Friday, April 12. The Cardinals, ranked No. 9 in Division 5, struck out 11 batters.

McNett went 2-for-2 with a double, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Butler suffered the loss, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits. She struck out one and walked eight.


BLANCHARDVILLE — Untimely errors came back to haunt Pecatonica in a conference crossover loss on Thursday, April 11. The Vikings committed three errors, giving up seven unearned runs.

At leadoff, Maddie Hirsch went 2-for-2 with a triple, one run scored and one RBI. Brooklyn Johnsrud, Alyssa Cassidy and Mikaela Gross accounted for the remaining hits. Diana Hendrickson suffered the loss, giving up just three earned runs on seven hits. She struck out six and walked five. 




DARLINGTON — The Redbirds picked up their first win of the season, overcoming a 9-7 deficit heading into the bottom of the seventh. Darlington caught a break, as Sophie Wiegel reached on an error by first baseman Hayden Caskey. The same error allowed Braelyn Grossen and Lylah Norgard to score, securing the win.

Lilly Ritchie led Darlington, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Norgard and Sydney Wiegel also recorded multiple-hit games. Sophie Wiegel picked up the win, giving up four earned runs on 14 hits. She struck out four and didn’t issue a walk. 


DARLINGTON — A 6-run first inning with four walks and four hits propelled the Zephyrs over the Redbirds on Saturday, April 13. Although Darlington got the short end of the stick, the offense matched Benton-Shulsburg’s with 10 hits each.

Norgard, Ritchie and Sydney Wiegel tallied three hits each. Sophie Wiegel was responsible for the final hit. In the circle, she pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on six hits. Sydney Wiegel recorded the final two outs.


DARLINGTON — Free passes and Oriole errors were the difference in a tournament game against the Zephyrs on Saturday, April 13. The pitching staff walked 11 batters and the defense committed four errors in the loss. Offensively, ABH matched Benton-Shullsburg with five hits each.

Ava Wiegel was 2-for-3 with two doubles to lead the squad. In the circle, McNett suffered the loss. She gave up six earned runs on five hits. She struck out nine batters but walked 11 and hit another four.


DARLINGTON — The Oriole bats came alive in their second game of the Darlington tournament, racking up 14 hits against the Wildcats. ABH also capitalized on 11 Belleville errors, scoring 13 runs.

Brianna Wilhelmson and Adrionna Ubersox went a combined 6-for-8 with two RBIs to lead the team. Sara Helfvogt also made contributions on offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Kammes and Alexis Rosenstiel also recorded multiple-hit games.

McNett picked up the win, giving up four runs on eight hits. She struck out four and walked six.