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Waunakee nips Sauk softball


May 17, 2018

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Kayla Breunig and Sauk Prairie's girls softball team fell to Waunakee, 3-2, last Tuesday.

The Waunakee softball team plus inclement weather that washed out three games proved to be a double whammy for senior pitcher Kayla Breunig and Sauk Prairie's softball team last week.

Breunig had two hits and struck out 12 batters, but host Waunakee rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Sauk Prairie 3-2 in a Badger North Conference game on May 8.

Sauk Prairie (8-7, 3-6 Badger North) then had a doubleheader against conference foe Mount Horeb on Friday and a rescheduled league game at Reedsburg on Saturday both rained out, making it for a disappointing week for the Eagles.

Coach Shane Been said the Eagles played a solid game against Waunakee despite coming up short on the scoreboard.

"It was a very symmetrical game between two evenly-matched teams where every inning we pretty much copied each other," Been said.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Kayla Breunig ripped a double to right field and moved to third base on a passed ball. Breunig then scored when junior Regin Suchla grounded out to the shortstop to stake the Eagles to a 1-0 lead.

Waunakee promptly tied the game in its half of the inning after Maggie Check doubled to left field, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a wild pitch.

But Sauk Prairie grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning to take control.

Sophomore Karina Guzman singled to center field with one out, and freshman Adriana Rothe entered the game as a pinch runner and moved to second base on an infield out.

After sophomore pinch hitter Makayla Shaw and Kayla Breunig drew back-to-back walks to load the bases, Rothe scored on a fielder's choice to bring the Eagles within three outs of a victory over the Warriors.

However, Citlyn Kesilewski jump-started Waunakee's winning rally when she was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the seventh inning. One out later, Lauren Smithback reached base on an error and Trista Ripp lined a double to left field to score Kesilewski and tie the game at 2-2.

Kaylyn King then worked the count to 2-2 and Smithback scored on a wild pitch to end the game.

"They made the extra play we did not make," Been said.

Kayla Breunig and Guzman both had two hits to pace Sauk Prairie's offense.

"Kayla struck the ball well," Been said. "That was nice to see.

"We challenged Karina earlier in the year. She's responded very well, finding her pitch and doing good things with it."

Kayla Breunig pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits and one earned run with one walk and 12 strikeouts.

"We've lost just about every single way at Waunakee," Been lamented. "It was a tough one. There were a lot of heads hanging."

Been said despite last week's misfortune, he is looking for good things from the Eagles heading into the playoffs.

"We had some good momentum and it was tough to get rained out like this," Been said. "But I feel like our hitting and our fielding have progressed. We'll have some fun in the playoffs and try to finish the season on a high note."

• On deck: Following a Badger North Conference game against visiting Portage on Tuesday, Sauk Prairie will host Mount Horeb in a rescheduled conference doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Senior Night. The Eagles then play back-to-back rescheduled Badger North Conference games at Portage on Friday at 5 p.m. and at Reedsburg on Saturday at a time to be determined.

The WIAA Division 2 sectional seeding meeting was scheduled to be held Wednesday night with regional play beginning on May 22.

"I would expect us to be the four seed," Been said. "McFarland should be the (No. 1) and Evansville, Portage and us should be the two, three and four. We'll most likely get a bye in the first round with only 10 teams in our half of the sectional and play an early game on (May 23)."

May 8

Waunakee 3, Sauk Prairie 2

Sauk Prairie............000 100 1 - 2 5 1

Waunakee...............000 100 2 - 3 2 0

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) - SP: Kayla Breunig (L, 6.1-2-1-1-12); W: Kelsey Smithback (W, 7-5-1-3-4).

Leading hitters - SP: Kayla Breunig (2x3), Karina Guzman (2x3). 2B - Kayla Breunig. W: 2B - Maggie Check, Trista Ripp.


Sauk Prairie wrapped up the last of four Badger North Conference mini-meets with an eighth-place finish at the Portage Country Club on May 8.

The Eagles shot a 376, while Waunakee won the title with a team score of 306. Baraboo and Mount Horeb tied for second, 15 strokes back. Reedsburg's Dylan Brown shot an even-par 71 to earn individual medalist honors.

Junior Jacob Vieth paced Sauk Prairie with a 12-over par 83. Sophomore Aaron Frey carded an 86, while sophomore Tyler Ramaker shot a 96. Senior Drew Raschein rounded out the Eagles' scoring with a 111.

"We were missing our No. 2 today," Sauk Prairie coach Sean McGann said of senior Jake Zimmerman. "That would've definitely helped us. But I was really proud of Jake (Vieth) and Aaron for their scores." 

The event was the fourth and final Badger North mini-meet, a new format adopted by the conference this season. Sauk Prairie was scheduled to compete in the Badger Conference tournament at the House on the Rock Resort in Spring Green on Tuesday.

"We're really excited for the conference meet," McGann said. "We have put up better scores in each of our conference mini-meets, which is really nice to see. We're hoping we can continue that trend. We have been working really hard in practice and want to see that pay off."

The Eagles were also scheduled to compete at the Reedsburg Invitational last Friday, but it was postponed by rain.

• On deck: Sauk Prairie will compete at the WIAA Division 1 regional at the Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton on May 22 beginning at 9 a.m.

May 8

Portage Badger North mini-meet.

Team scores: Waunakee 306, Baraboo 321, Mount Horeb 321, Reedsburg 322, Portage 325, Beaver Dam 340, DeForest 358, Sauk Prairie 376.

Top five individuals: 1, Brown, R, 71; 2, Werlein, W, 72; 3 (tie), Hasik, W; Thorn, P, 73; 5 (tie), Hinz, Bar; Winkler, MH, 74.

Sauk Prairie scoring - Jake Vieth 83, Aaron Frey 86, Tyler Ramaker 96, Drew Raschein 111, (Brandt Wilson, 118).


Melani Guentherman has been named the new girls' varsity head swimming coach and Todd Wuerger as an assistant coach in the program. Wuerger is also the head coach of the boys' program and Guentherman serves as his assistant.

Heather Slosarek has been hired as the Sauk Prairie girls' varsity tennis coach and an English teacher at the high school. She was a former boys' head tennis coach and an assistant boys' and girls' tennis coach at Milton High School.


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