New Berlin West softball goes 4-4 on diamond

Vikings now 4-1 in Woodland Conference race

May 12, 2014

New Berlin West's softball team went 4-4 on the week, going 3-2 during the week and then going 1-2 in the Pabst Farms Tournament on May 10.

The Vikings are 10-7 overall and 4-1 in Woodland West action.

The Vikings scored twice in the eighth inning to defeat Pius XI, 9-7, on May 5 to open the week in a Woodland Conference West game.

West almost blew this game, leading 7-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. The Lady Popes scored twice, in the fifth and then scored five times in the seventh, banging three homers to tie the game.

Hannah Just had three hits and two RBIs, Karissa Harenda had two hits and two RBIs, Mallory Klotz had two hits, a walk and two runs scored and Carly Eifert banged out two hits and drove in two runs. Harenda had a complete game win, fanning 11, walking five and scattering 11 hits.

South Milwaukee's Abby Mahsem tossed a one-hitter, walking two and striking out 14 as the Rockets rallied for three runs in the seventh for a 3-0 win on May 6. West's losing pitcher Monica Lauerman gave up a two-run homer and Harenda a solo shot.

Lauerman deserved a better fate, scattering eight hits, walking one and fanning three hitters. Offensively, Leah Marrari had the only hit off Mahsem, while Klotz and Eifert each worked her for a walk.

Pitching gem

"She's probably the best pitcher in the Woodland since Lauren Bere (former Eisenhower star)," said Vikings coach Greg Klotz.

West nipped Greendale, 4-3, on May 7 at home and each team scored all their runs in one inning.

The Vikings scored four runs in the first inning and the Panthers added three in the fifth, but that was all the scoring.

Harenda got the complete game win, tossing seven innings, allowing six hits, only two earned runs, while walking four and fanning five. Harenda had four errors behind her that she had to work around.

Kailey Nealon slammed a three-run homer to spark the four-run first. Just drove in Mal Klotz, who was the only Viking with two hits, with the eventual winning run.

Sweet revenge

Greendale got revenge the next day at home, beating the Vikings, 6-4. West was winning 2-1, when the Panthers scored four runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to put the game away. Trailing 6-2, West managed two runs in the seventh, but the rally fell short.

Nealon was the only Viking with two hits and reached base three times when she added a walk. She also scored a run and drove one in.

The Vikings then traveled to Wauwatosa West on May 9 and Harenda sparked them to a 10-2 victory. She allowed three hits, no earned runs, no walks and fanned 14.

Mal Klotz had three hits, a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. Hannah Buth and Maddie Minik each had two hits, a run scored and an RBI.

Splitting two

In the Pabst Farms Tournament in Oconomowc on May 10, West blanked Badger, 10-0, and lost to Waukesha North, 10-1, and Brookfield Central, 12-0.

West scored three runs in the first, one in the third and four in the fourth for an 8-0 lead. They then added single runs in the fifth and sixth to end the game.

Harenda allowed two hits and three walks and fanned seven for the complete-game shutout win.

Harenda had three hits against Waukesha North, but the Northstars scored four runs in the third and two in the fifth sixth and seven innings to win going away.

Brookfield Central scored six in the first and three in the second for a 9-0 lead after two innings and coasted to the 12-0 win over West. The Lancers banged out 16 hits while West managed four off two Central pitchers in the five-inning game. 




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