GAME OF THE WEEK (May 5–May 11)
Southwestern (13–2, 9–1 SWAL, ranked 8th in D4) at Cuba City (11–4, 8–2 SWAL), Thursday, May 4, 5 p.m.
Today’s showdown could very well be for the SWAL title. Southwestern enters Thursday’s McDonald’s swnews4u.com Game of the Week on a seven game win streak and have won 12 to its past 13 games, including nine straight in conference play. With a win the Wildcats would pull two games clear of the second-place Cubans with just three to play in the league season. Southwestern won the first meeting between the two schools 5–1 back on April 11.
The game will feature two of the best pitchers in the area when Southwestern senior Madison Kuhl and Cuba City senior Emily Wiederholt toe the rubber. Wiederholt has throw a pair of no-hitter this season. Kuhl struck out six and allowed two runs on four hits in a 6–2 win over third-place Boscobel on Monday.
Southwestern will return to SWAL action Monday at home against RIverdale (7–7, 3–6 SWAL).
Cuba City will travel to Platteville Friday for a non-conference game before hosting Mineral (6–4, 4–3 SWAL) Point on Monday.
Darlington (9–3, 6–1 SWAL) at Fennimore (8–6, 4–3 SWAL), Monday, May 9, 4:30 p.m.
The Redbirds moved two games clear of the Golden Eagles with a 9–8 win on Tuesday, winning in dramatic fashion on Handyman’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Fennimore had taken the led with four runs in the top of the sixth inning, but couldn’t hold the lead in the final frame. Darlington can knock the Golden Eagles out of conference title contention with a win in Monday’s rematch. Coach Brent Sheckler’s Fennimore club can pull within a game of first place with a win.
Potosi (8–6, 5–4 Six Rivers Conference) at Belmont (9–4, 8–1 SRC), Monday, May 9, 4:30 p.m.
Ron Kading’s Chieftains have quietly sneaked into a tie for second place in the Six Rivers West, but they must win Monday at Belmont to remain in the hunt for this year’s SRW title. First-year Belmont coach Alan Seabrooke’s Braves defeated Potosi 3–1 on April 18 in the first meeting between the two teams.
TRACK & FIELD:
River Valley Invitational, Friday, May 5, 4 p.m.
River Valley will host 13 teams at Friday’s annual River Valley Blackhawk Invitational. Participating teams include Belmont, Boscobel, Cassville, Cuba City, Dodgeville, Fennimore, Ithaca, Lancaster, North Crawford, Poynette, Prairie du Chien, Richland Center and River Ridge, as well as the host Blackhawks.
Darlington Invitational, Monday, May 9, 4 p.m.
The Redbirds will host the second big track meet of the next seven days, as Belmont, Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg, Black Hawk, Cassville, Cuba City, Dodgeville/Mineral Point, Lancaster, Monroe, Pecatonica and Potosi will also convene in Darlington for Monday’s invitational.
Platteville SWC #5, Tuesday, May 10, 4 p.m. (at Platteville Golf & Country Club)
The Platteville Golf and Country Club will host the fifth of six regular season SWC meets Tuesday afternoon. River Valley (23) leads the host Hillmen (21) by two points going into play Tuesday, but Platteville has a valuable opportunity to make up ground on its home course. Lancaster (11), Richland Center (10), Prairie du Chien (10), and Dodgeville (9) are all bunched in the second tier of the conference standings.
Darlington SWAL #5, Friday, May 6, 4 p.m. (at Darlington Golf Course)
The SWAL will hold its fifth regular season conference meet Friday at the Darlington Golf & Country Club. Through Monday’s Fennimore SWAL meet (the fourth regular season SWAL meet), Mineral Point and Argyle/Pecatonica remained tied with 29.5 team points, followed by Barneveld (25), Iowa–Grant (18) and Cuba City (16.5). The SWAL teams will reconvene Monday at Cole Acres near Cuba City for the sixth SWAL regular season meet of the year.