DARLINGTON – The Darlington softball team has shown plenty of improvement since their season opener, so it’s just a matter of time before they put a notch in the win column. Unfortunately for the Redbirds, that victory wasn’t in the cards on Monday afternoon.
Cuba City took advantage of a couple of early Darlington errors to grab a 5-0 lead, then matched every Redbird rally with one of their own to hold on for a 10-3 SWAL victory at Sieg Field on April 23.
The Cubans plated a pair of unearned runs off Darlington pitcher Laura Steiner in the first inning, then added three more unearned scores in the second to put the ‘Birds in a 5-0 hole.
The Redbirds (0-8 overall, 0-5 in SWAL) broke through for a run in the fourth when outfielder Taylor Cox doubled and scored on a two-out single by third baseman Anna Fitzsimons to cut the deficit to 5-1. The ‘Birds left the bases loaded in the fourth.
Cuba City answered back with two insurance runs in the fifth, and tacked on another on an inside-the-park solo home run by Brianna Wagner in the sixth inning to go up 8-1.
First baseman Cassidy Cox doubled and scored on a pinch hit RBI-single by Catie Chiaverotti in the bottom of the sixth to close the gap to 8-2, however the Cubans came right back with two more insurance runs in the seventh to up their lead to eight runs.
In the bottom of the seventh, catcher Hailey Heins drove a Heidi Tranel pitch over the left field fence for just the second out-of-the-park home run in a varsity softball game at Sieg Field. Heins joins teammate Taylor Cox, who did it a week earlier, as the only players to hit it out of the park.
Kayla Wagner and B. Wagner combined to go 5-for-9 at the plate for the Cubans with two RBI and one run apiece.
Fitzsimons finished 2-for-2 with a RBI to lead the Redbirds.
Tranel earned the complete-game win allowing three runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Steiner took the loss after giving up 10 runs (five earned) on 12 hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Darlington’s SWAL contest at Riverdale on Thursday, April 19, was washed out due to rain. It will be made up at Muscoda on Tuesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Redbirds have SWAL games at Mineral Point (4:30 p.m.) on Thursday, April 26, and at Fennimore (5 p.m.) on Monday, April 30. Darlington will also participate in the Monticello Tournament on Saturday, April 28, starting at 10 a.m.
Cuba City…. 230 021 2 - 10 12 1
Darlington… 000 101 1 - 3 8 7
Leading Hitters: Anna Fitzsimons 2x2. HR- Hailey Heins. 2B- Taylor Cox, Cassidy Cox.
WP- Tranel. LP- Laura Steiner.
At Shullsburg on Monday, April 23
GRATIOT – Pecatonica pitcher Cora Demler got the rare opportunity to earn a win and a save in the same game as she reentered the pitching circle in the seventh inning and staved off a stunning Black Hawk rally to allow the visiting Vikings to escape Gratiot Park with a 19-16 Six Rivers East victory over the Lady Warriors on Tuesday, April 17.
Demler pitched the first six innings for the Vikings, but with his team holding a 19-8 lead Pecatonica head coach Chuck Meyer handed the ball to freshman reliever Emily Scoville in the finale frame.
The Warriors proceeded to plate eight runs off Scoville to trim an 11-run deficit down to three, forcing Meyer to bring Demler back to the circle. After allowing a hit to start her second stint, Demler got a strikeout and an interference call to end the Black Hawk threat.
Jen Wellnitz, Kassy Paulson, Abby Schiferl and Kelly Neuenschwander each had two hits to lead the Warriors’ attack. Paulson and Schiferl each knocked in two runs for the hosts.
Michalla Boese went 4-for-4 with a triple, a home run and three RBIs to pace the Vikings at the plate.
The Warriors had a home game against Argyle washed out due to rain on Thursday, April 19. No make-up date was available at press time.
Black Hawk (1-3, 0-1 in SRE) hosts Cassville/River Ridge in a make-up non-conference softball game in Gratiot on Monday, April 30, and they stay at home to face Monticello in a Six Rivers East game on Tuesday, May 1. Both games are set to start at 5 p.m.
HIGHLAND – Highland ace Emily Wolfe twirled a one-hit shutout and hit a three-run triple in the six-run second-inning to lift the Lady Cardinals over Shullsburg/Benton, 10-0, in a Six Rivers West meeting on Tuesday, April 17.
The Miner-Zephyrs managed a fourth-inning single and one walk off Wolfe for their lone base runners of the game.
Shullsburg/Benton (2-4, 0-1 in SRW) has a league game at Cassville/River Ridge on Thursday, April 26, starting at 5 p.m. The Miner-Zephyrs have upcoming games at home against Scales Mound on Monday, April 30 (4:30 p.m.) and Potosi on Tuesday, May 1 (5 p.m.).
Shulls/Bent… 000 00 - 0 1 1
Highland..….. 261 01 - 10 10 0
Leading Hitters: None.
WP- Wolfe. LP- Melissa Brant.
At Highland on Tuesday, April 17
East Dubuque… 030 026 - 11 4 0
Shulls/Bent……. 000 000 - 0 4 4
Leading Hitters: Anna Holland 2x4 2B- Holly Rennert.
WP- Larson. LP- Melissa Brant.
At Shullsburg on Monday, April 23