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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 18:23

Black Hawks lace up their hitting shoes, continue resurgence in conference play with win over Port

After inclement weather disrupted their schedules last week, the Grafton and Port Washington softball teams were happy to finally take the field against each other Saturday.

Host Grafton was even happier after it pounded out a 9-1 win in a rare North Shore Conference weekend game.

“It was a good win for us. We hit the ball well,” said Grafton coach Ken Hunt, whose team improved to 5-2 in NSC play.

Port grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Maddie Smith doubled and scored on a single by Taylor Crook.

But the Hawks answered quickly with a six-run rally in their half of the same frame. Morgan Weisflog’s first career homer, a solo shot, highlighted the comeback.

Grafton added three insurance runs in the third and finished with seven hits.

Samm Maglio led the Hawks with two hits and two RBI. Weisflog, Katie Hunt and Kate Lennon each drove in a run, and Weisflog and Julia Kluck each scored twice.

The Pirates, which fell to 0-5 in the conference, helped Grafton by committing five errors in their only game of the week.

“We had a couple tough innings in the field,” Port coach Steve Schmidt said.

“It comes down to fundamentals. We have to do a better job of fielding balls and making good throws.”

Sophomore Abby Stanisch pitched a complete game for the win. She scattered four hits, struck out six and walked one.

 
Rebound gives Rockets consolation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 18:21

After tough loss, CG-B recovers to secure 3rd place at home soccer tournament

After falling just short of the championship game at its own Rocket Invitational last Saturday, the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer team bounced back to secure third-place honors.

In what Rockets coach Elias Garza described as “one of the most physical games we had been a part of thus far this season,” Cedar Grove-Belgium edged Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 2-1, in the consolation final.

The Rockets held a 2-0 halftime lead on the strength of one goal and one assist apiece by A.J. Caldwell and Haleigh Bares.

“We were able to move the ball around and connect better than we had in our first game (a loss to Sturgeon Bay),” Garza said.

“I encouraged the team to do a better job of being focused for the duration of the game and not in spurts.”

Lutheran got a goal from Abi Aswege early in the second half, but the Rockets played steady defense the rest of the way.

 
Missed chances leave Port with soccer draw PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 18:19

Pirates’ early lead fades in tie with Brookfield Academy; Grafton shut down by Bay

After being sidelined most of last week by uncooperative weather, the Port Washington girls’ soccer team finally got back on the field last Friday.

The host Pirates’ return to play yielded mixed results, as they battled Brookfield Academy to a 1-1 tie in a nonconference match.

“It was disappointing. We completely outplayed them in the first half but let things get away from us in the second half,” Port coach Mike Bultman said.

“We started playing very tentatively.”

The Pirates came out aggressive on offense and took the lead on Brianna Schnell’s unassisted goal in the 33rd minute.

“We controlled the ball. Our goalkeeper in the first half (Allison Lessila) faced very few shots,” Bultman said.

The lead stood until the 48th minute, when Abigail Curran’s goal drew Brookfield Academy even.

 
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