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Muskego softball team puts everything together in 18-2 start

Warriors win six games, sweep to tourney crown

May 12, 2014

Everything is coming together for Muskego's softball team so far this season.

The Warriors possess a powerful hitting attack that has racked up 204 runs in 20 games going into this week, they are playing stout defense and they have a top-flight pitcher in Hailey Blount.

That all adds up to a sparkling 18-2 record, including an 8-1 record to lead the Classic 8 Conference.

"These kids are not afraid of anything," head coach John Rosenberg said. "They play the game well and have a lot of fun. They don't believe they can lose."

Indeed, the Warriors have fallen only twice this season, by 2-1 to Arrowhead and 11-10 to New Berlin Eisenhower. They have already won 11 games by the 10-run lead rule.

"Everybody is hitting the ball hard," Rosenberg continued. "If someone doesn't hit in a game, someone else does."

Blount strong on mound

Blount has been solid on the mound as well, including a five-inning no-hitter against Mukwonago last week.

"She has done some awesome pitching," the coach said. "She changes speeds well and her location is outstanding."

Also, the defense is much improved from last season.

"We had 23 errors between shortstop and third base last season," Rosenberg said. "This year, we have just five."

Rosenberg actually thought his team would have been capable of this type of season in 2013 with a little more luck.

"We were bitten by the injury bug," he recalled. "We had this kind of potential last year, but even with all the injuries, we still won 19 games."

Muskego won its own tournament on May 10, downing Kenosha Tremper 11-1, St. Thomas More 16-3 and Greenfield 3-0.

Blount pitched a complete game against the strong Greenfield squad, allowing six hits and striking out 10 to outduel the Hustlin' Hawks' ace, Bella Matthias, who also gave up six hits while fanning 14.

Muskego tops Lasers

The Warriors downed Kettle Moraine 7-2 on May 8 behind a 13-hit attack led by Delaney O'Keefe and Christy Dachowski, both with three hits. Blount surrendered two hits and struck out five.

Muskego blanked Mukwonago 11-0 on the no-hitter from Blount on May 7. She struck out six and walked just one.

Brianna Witter went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and five runs batted in for the Warriors, who tallied eight runs in the third to put a quick end to the game.

The Warriors routed Waukesha West 21-2 on May 6, rapping out 20 hits and plating 10 runs in the fourth frame.

Lizzie Terp went 4-for-5 with a double, triple and seven RBIs, while Dachowski was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Rachel Lensing 3-for-4 with an RBI, O'Keefe 2-for-3 with a triple and RBI and Annika Graves 2-for-3 with a double.

Muskego faces some key Classic 8 games this week, including two against second-place Waukesha North (6-1 entering this week) on May 13 and one with third-place Arrowhead (5-2) at home at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15.

The Warriors then finish conference play at Catholic Memorial at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, and Mukwonago at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.

"This should be a fun week," Rosenberg said. "I told the girls that they have set the table; now they need to decide what to do (to win the conference)."

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