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Hannah Butler, Sr., P, Black Hawk softball
Black Hawk senior pitcher Hannah Butler went 2–1 in the pitcher's circle for the Lady Warriors in the past week, including a five-inning no-hitter in a 13-0 win over Belleville on Monday to earn this week’s Mast Water Technology Swnews4U.com Athlete of the Week honors.
She struck out nine with two walks against the Wildcats. She also fanned eight with one walk in an 11–6 win over Barneveld on Tuesday, and limited #3-ranked Belmont to just four hits and no walks while striking out four in a 1–0 loss to the Braves on Thursday, April 18.
Butler had a double, a run and a RBI in the win over Belleville, went 2-for-2 with a triple, three RBI and two runs in a 10-0 five-inning win over Pecatonica on Tuesday, April 16, and went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and three runs scored in the win over Barneveld.
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Josh Cartwright, So, P/C, Iowa–Grant baseball
Cartright had a season-high three hits in six at-bats with a double, two RBI and two stolen bases to lead Iowa–Grant to a fifth straight win, a 14–5 non-conference victory over Potosi/Cassville last Thursday afternoon. He also came on in relief in the bottom of the third inning and earned the victory on the mound with five strong innings. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out seven. Last Tuesday he had an RBI double in a 2–1 win at Riverdale.
Brookelyn Connelly, Jr., P, Lancaster softball
Connelly led the Lancaster softball team to a pair of five-inning victories last week. Connelly went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored and pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts to lead the Flying Arrows to a 10–0 victory over visiting Prairie du Chien last Thursday afternoon. Two days earlier she went 2-for-4 and pitched two innings in Lancaster’s lopsided non-conference 15–1 victory over Fennimore on Tuesday, April 16.
Matt Davis, Jr., Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg track and field
Davis placed eighth at the 2019 Kansas Relays in the boys' high jump (6'4") and then was named the Male Athlete of the Meet at the Darlington Invitational on Monday after winning the 200-meter dash (24.37), the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (42.35) and the high jump (6'0") for the Zephyrs.
Logan Ludlum, Sr., P/IF, Platteville baseball
Ludlum had a monster game, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a grand slam and eight RBI to lead the Hillmen (3–5, 1–3 SWC) to a a 14–4 victory over first-place Dodgeville last Thursday afternoon. It was Platteville's first conference win and Dodgeville's first conference loss. Ludlum then went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI and four runs scored in Tuesday's 18–3 non-conference win at River Ridge.
Sadie Willborn, Sr., P, Belmont softball
Willborn went 4-for-5 with three doubles, and struck out 11 batters in six innings to lead the #3-ranked Braves to a 14–2 victory at Benton/Shullsburg Tuesday afternoon. Last Thursday, Willborn (9–0) struck out eight and didn’t allow a walk in a 1–0 shutout of visiting Black Hawk. Willborn is 9–0 with a 0.68 ERA on the season with 98 strikeouts and 12 walks in 62 innings pitched.