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Alexis Adkins, So., SS, Fennimore softball
Fennimore’s Alexis Adkins is this week’s Mast Water Technology SWNews4U.com Athlete of the Week after leading the Golden Eagles to a stunning 11–8 eight-inning comeback victory at Darlington last Thursday afternoon.
The Redbirds jumped out to an 8–0 lead through five innings and were in complete control, but Adkins led a comeback for the ages. The sophomore shortstop ripped a key three-run double in the sixth inning, then delivered a clutch two-out, two-run game-tying single in the top of the seventh inning of last Thursday’s 11–8 eight-inning comeback victory at Darlington.
Adkins’ two-out bases clearing double in the sixth made it 8–4. Darlington got the first two outs of the seventh on a pair of fly balls, but a single by Brianna Gommel and back-to-back walks to Taylor Ferretti and Taylor Hestetune again loaded the bases. Senior Cassara Bray rapped a two-run single to make it 8–6, and Adkins followed with a two-run single of her own to tie the game. Adkins finished 2-for-5 with five RBIs in the game as Fennimore improved to 2–3 overall and 1–2 in the SWAL.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Donovan Blevins, Sr., Platteville boys track and field
Blevins won the long jump (20’1”) and the 200 meters (23.84 seconds) and anchored the winning 4x200 relay (1:37.33) and the third-place 4x100 relay (46.62) to help the Platteville boys win last Thursday’s Lancaster Invitational.
Noah Hromadka, Sr., P, Lancaster baseball
Hromadka went the distance and struck out five, allowing just one run on hits hits in a 4–1 complete game victory over visiting Platteville last Tuesday afternoon in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference opener for both teams.
May Maylor, Sr., Iowa–Grant/Highland wrestling
The Highland senior signed his National Letter of Intent to wrestling next season at Division 1 University of Michigan on a partial scholarship. The 2018 160-pound WIAA Division 3 state champion finished his prep career with an overall record of 174–23, four trips to state and three SWC/SWAL Clash conference titles.
Dylan Pluemer, Will Bierman and Jake Eastlick, Potosi baseball
The Potosi trio tossed a combined no-hitter and struck out 12 batters to lead Potosi to a 3–1 victory over Belmont last Tuesday afternoon. Pluemer, who started and tossed four shut out innings, striking out seven while allowing six walks, went 2-for-5 in Thurday’s 7–4 game one win over Arygle. Bierman, who recorded five outs in Tuesday’s no-hitter, went 2-for-4 in Thursday’s win over Argyle. Eastlick, who earned the save by recording the final four outs on Tuesday, struck out 10 and allowed just two hits in six innings to earn the win over Argyle in game one two days later.
Brock Schambow, Sr., Platteville boys track and field
The Platteville senior won the triple jump (41’2”), placed second in the long jump (19’1.5”) and sixth in the high jump (5’6”) to help the Hillmen boys win last Thursday’s Lancaster Invitational.
Skylar White, So., River Ridge girls track and field
White won the 800 (2:39.14) and the pole vault (8’0”) and also placed second in the 400 (1:04.01) and the triple jump (30’3.5”) to score 36 of the Timerbwolves meet-best 174 points in last Thursday’s seven-team Cassville Invitational. White helped River Ridge sweep both team titles.