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New Berlin West out-slugs Pewaukee in softball opener

But bats disappear in losses to Greenfield, Whitnall

New Berlin West’s Kailey Nealon connects for a hit at home April 9 in a 9-7 win over Pewaukee.

New Berlin West’s Kailey Nealon connects for a hit at home April 9 in a 9-7 win over Pewaukee. Photo By C.T. Kruger

April 14, 2014

New Berlin West finally got out on the field last week and won its opener before managing only two runs in its next two games, both losses.

The Vikings beat Pewaukee, 9-7, in a close slugfest to start the season on April 9 at home.

West led 4-0, scoring a run in the first and three in the second before the Pirates tied the game off winning pitcher Karissa Harenda with four runs in the fourth.

But West took the lead back with a run in the bottom of the inning and then added four more in the fifth for a 9-4 lead. Pewaukee scored three in the seventh, but fell short to give the Vikings their first win.

Hannah Buth led the offense with three hits and a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. Harenda allowed nine hits, five walks and fanned eight for the win.

The rest of the week was downhill as they lost to Greenfield, 3-1, on April 10 and Whitnall, 6-1, on Friday, both games at home.

Greenfield scored twice in the first, and the Vikings added a run in the bottom of the inning, but then all either team managed was a run in the fourth.

Monica Lauerman allowed no earned runs, walked one and fanned four in two innings while Harenda worked five innings, allowed one earned run, walked three and fanned five.

On Friday, the Falcons scored twice in the first, three in the second and one in the fourth for a 6-0 lead. West scored its only run with one in the fifth.

Mallory Klotz had two hits and a walk and Kailey Nealon had a hit and an RBI to lead what little offense the Vikes could muster.

Harenda got the loss, allowing 10 hits, fanning three and not walking a hitter. She allowed six runs, but only four earned.

Alex Cimler was the player of the game with two hits and a run scored while tossing a complete game win (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K).

"We're experimenting and growing," coach Greg Klotz said. "The pitching will come around and hasn't been bad. We're not hitting well."

Mallory Klotz and Buth have been the two exceptions. Mallory is hitting .625 with a .727 on base percentage, while Buth has both a .500 batting average and on base percentage.

— Tom "Sky" Skibosh

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