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Monroe stays perfect in Fla.
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ORLANDO - The Monroe softball team stayed unbeaten by crushing Whitefish Bay Dominican 19-3 Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Monroe (8-0, 2-0 Badger South), ranked No. 3 in the Division 2 Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, had 14 total hits and collected 10 walks.

"Offensively, we are going about as good as a softball team can go," Monroe coach Dale Buvid said. "We are scoring runs in bunches. There is still room for improvement."

The Cheesemakers had an uncharacteristic four errors. Monroe sophomore Natalie Dillon pitched two innings and gave up three unearned runs on two hits. Monroe senior Sam Hose tossed two shutout innings in relief.

"We wish we would have got a better game," Buvid said. "It was nice to play everyone. We overmatched two teams, and we played well and beat a really good softball in team in La Crosse Central."

Buvid likes the way Hose is stepping up as a No. 2 pitcher behind Dillon.

"Hose is becoming an even better No. 2 pitcher with a very good change-up," he said.

Monroe senior Chandra McGuire went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and senior Taylor O'Leksy was 2-for-3. Senior Katie Holmes went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Monroe 13,

La Crosse Central 7

The Cheesemakers continued their offensive onslaught posting a six-run sixth inning to beat La Crosse Central 13-7 on Wednesday.

"They (La Crosse Central) are ranked sixth in Division 1 in some polls," Buvid said. "It's a really nice win. I was really impressed with the offense."

The Cheesemakers pounded out 20 hits. Monroe senior Kayla Updike went 3-for-3 with two walks. Holmes went 3-for-4 with four RBI and senior Kirsten Vetterli and senior Ellie Grossen were 3-for-5. Dillon went 2-for-4, senior Taylor O'Leksy went 2-for-5 and junior Kari Jordan was 2-for-5.

The Cheesemakers led 7-2 before La Crosse Central scored three runs in the sixth on a home run. Dillon pitched a complete game to get the win. She gave up seven runs on 10 hits. She struck out two and walked four.

"It looked like all of the momentum was on their side," Buvid said. "We were able to get out of it."

Monroe 12,

Kendall, N.Y. 2

O'Leksy hit a three-run home run to spark the Cheesemakers to a 12-2 six-inning win over Kendall, N.Y.

"It got the momentum going for us," Buvid said of O'Leksy's home run that gave the Cheesemakers a 4-1 lead. "We scored in every inning after that."

Dillon, who went 2-for-2, also pitched 3 1/3 innings to get the win. Hose pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief for the Cheesemakers.