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Sauk Prairie softball has solid week

Eagles shine at Poynette jamboree


May 10, 2018

POYNETTE – Sometimes it pays to have a short memory.

That was certainly true for the Sauk Prairie softball team, which followed up its ugliest game of the season with a pair of stellar performances at the 33rd annual Poynette Jamboree last weekend.

The Eagles opened the week with a rescheduled non-conference game at Lodi on April 30 and routed the Blue Devils 12-0 in a five-inning game shortened by the mercy rule.

Sauk Prairie then sandwiched a pair of Badger North Conference losses — 5-1 at DeForest on May 1 and 19-3 at home to Beaver Dam last Friday — around another rainout last Thursday.

But the Eagles finished 3-2 on the week with a heart-stopping 2-1 victory over Elkhorn on Saturday morning and capped the day two hours later with a five-inning 15-3 rout of Adams-Friendship in Poynette.

“To have that other game sit there would have been a tough thing to chew on all weekend,” Sauk Prairie coach Shane Been said of Friday’s Badger Conference loss to the Golden Beavers.

The loss to DeForest snapped a five-game winning streak, but Been was proud of how the Eagles finished a stretch of 12 games in 23 days with a split double-header sweep.

Been said competing in the Poynette Jamboree — which included 38 teams playing 36 games on nine fields at four venues — was just what the Eagles needed.

“What a stretch this was since the weather broke and we’ve played a lot of games,” Been said. “This was a big day for us. We played situational ball in the first game, and it felt like a playoff game atmosphere. The second game was a fun game where our seniors got to play the positions where they started their careers and was also a confidence-booster.”

Sauk Prairie (8-6) managed just three base runners on a pair of walks and an infield error through six innings against Elkhorn, which scratched out a first-inning run against Eagles’ senior right-hander Kayla Breunig.

But junior Regin Suchla drew a walk to lead off the seventh inning, and senior Sarah Albers crossed up the Elks’ defense with sharp single to left field to break up the no-hitter.

Suchla scored on an error on the left fielder on the play and Albers ended up on third base.

“They pulled in for a bunt,” Been said of the Elkhorn defense. “But I have too much confidence in Sarah as a hitter in that situation. She hit it in the hole between the shortstop and third baseman, and it got past the left fielder and that tied it up.”

Sophomore Emily Zins followed with a double to center field to score Albers and stake the Eagles to a 2-1 lead.

“It was a big day for us, especially after last night,” Zins said. “We learned we had to pick ourselves up and forget about it and move on, which we did.”

The rally set the stage for Kayla Breunig to slam the door on the Elks, who were able to muster an eight-pitch walk before she struck out the final two batters to end the game.

“It was a slow start to the game, but I’m glad we ended it with a win,” said Breunig, who allowed four hits and eight walks, but recorded 11 strikeouts. “It’s been a tough few days with being rained out and then last night’s game.

“The team was a little more nervous than excited in the last inning so I just had to give them a confidence boost and let them know they can do it and then go out there and do my job on the mound, getting as many people out as I can.”

Been said a solid defensive effort and the ability of the Eagles to make plays when they had to led to the victory.

“We talked about in close games not having the other team make one or two plays than us,” Been said. “Today, we made more plays.”

Elkhorn had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the sixth inning when Kayla Breunig and Albers teamed up for the defensive play of the game.

“The ball got past Sarah, but she recovered and made a beautiful flip to Kayla on the run and she tagged the base runner out just before home plate to save a run,” Been said.

While the first game of the day had all the dynamics of a playoff matchup, the Eagles used a 15-hit attack to rout Adams-Friendship in a game called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Eagles’ freshman pitcher Macey McIntyre, who struggled in the loss to Beaver Dam in her first high school start on Friday, fashioned a solid five-inning effort against the Green Devils.

“It was really important to shake off the game from yesterday and move on from it and focus on these games,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre allowed a run in the top of the first inning, but settled down to give up just two earned runs on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts in pitching a complete game.

“We put her against a difficult team last night,” Been said. “But we had to get her back on the horse. Mentally as a freshman, we knew she’s a tough athlete. We didn’t want her to dwell on last night. We wanted her to get after it again and she responded really well.”

McIntyre helped her own cause at the plate, going 2-for-4, including a double, with four runs scored to help power a 15-hit attack.

“Last night was her first start,” Kayla Breunig said of McIntyre. “It was a rough game, but getting her back in it and getting this win is a confidence boost. Hopefully, it will carry over into the rest of the season and then after I’m gone.”

Following is a roundup of the rest of last week:

Sauk Prairie 12, Lodi 0 (5) — Regin Suchla had two hits, including a double, and Kayla Breunig hit her fifth home run of the season to power the Eagles past the host Blue Devils in a non-conference game on April 30.

Kayla Breunig and Macey McIntyre combined to limit Lodi to one hit in a game called after five innings due to the mercy rule. Breunig struck out 11, while McIntyre recorded two strikeouts.

O.J. Joyce provided all the offense Sauk Prairie would need when she ripped a bases-loaded double to center field to drive in three runs for a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Eagles made it 6-0 in the fourth inning when Olivia Brening delivered an

RBI single and Kayla Breunig followed with a two-run, inside-the-park home run.

Karina Guzman’s two-run double in the top of the fifth inning was the key hit in a six-run outburst.

• DeForest 5, Sauk Prairie 1 — The visiting Eagles managed just three hits in dropping a Badger North Conference game to the league-leading Norskies on May 1.

Sauk Prairie (6-5, 3-4 Badger North) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Kayla Breunig drew a one-out walk and eventually scored on an infield error.

Taylor Shaw tossed a complete game for DeForest (9-2, 7-1) with six strikeouts. Taylor Tschumper was 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Norskies’ offense, which produced two runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good.

Kayla Breunig allowed three earned runs in six innings and finished with 10 strikeouts in taking the loss.

• Beaver Dam 19, Sauk Prairie 3 (5) — Hannah Coda went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI to propel the Golden Beavers to a Badger North Conference victory over the host Eagles in a game called after five innings by the mercy rule.

Beaver Dam (6-2, 6-2) struck for five runs in the top of the first inning, but Sauk Prairie countered with two runs in its half of the frame.

Regin Suchla and Emily Zins lined back-to-back doubles for the Eagles’ first run, and Madilyn Daniels added an RBI-single with the bases loaded to trim their deficit to 5-2.

But the Golden Beavers added four more runs in the second inning and five in the fifth to storm out to a 14-2 lead.

Makayla Shaw’s RBI-single in the bottom of the third inning capped the scoring for Sauk Prairie (6-6, 3-5).

• On deck: Following a Badger North Conference game at Waunakee on Tuesday, Sauk Prairie hosts Mount Horeb in a conference doubleheader on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Cancer Awareness and Youth Night. The Eagles will play at Reedsburg in a rescheduled conference game on Saturday at noon. Sauk Prairie will then host Portage in a league game on May 16 at 5 p.m.

April 30

Sauk Prairie 12, Lodi 0 (5)

Sauk Prairie .........… 300 36 — 12 7 2

Lodi ……........…….. 000 00 — 0 1 2

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — SP: Kayla Breunig (W, 4-1-0-0-11), Macey McIntyre (1-0-0-0-2). L: Wendt (L, 4-6-6-1-2); Manke (1-1-2-2-3).

Leading hitters — SP: Regin Suchla (2x4). 2B — Regin Suchla, Sarah Albers, OJ Joyce. HR — Kayla Breunig.

May 1

DeForest 5, Sauk Prairie 1

Sauk Prairie …...... 001 000 0 — 1 3 1

DeForest …......….. 002 012 x — 5 8 1

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — SP: Kayla Breunig (L, 6-8-3-4-10); Taylor Shaw (W, 7-3-0-2-6).

Leading hitters — SP: 2B — Regin Suchla. D: Taylor Tschumper (2x3). 2B — Tschumper, Kylee Jansen.

May 4

Beaver Dam 19, Sauk Prairie 3 (5)

Beaver Dam …....... 545 14 — 19 13 1

Sauk Prairie …...... 201 00 — 3 6 4

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — BD: Madison Jansen (W, 2-4-2-1-1), Mitty Schwartz (3-2-0-4-2); SP: Macey McIntyre (L, 2.2-9-12-10-1); Makayla Shaw (2-4-2-6-3), Elizabeth Kiechinger (0.1-0-0-1-0).

Leading hitters — BD: Maty Wilke (2x4), Hannah Coda (2x3), Paige Schumann (3x4), Mitty Schwartz (2x3). 2B — Maty Wilke, Paige Schumann, Megan Okon. HR — Maty Wilke, Hannah Coda, Mitty Schwartz. SP: 2B — Regin Suchla, Emily Zins.

May 5

Sauk Prairie 2, Elkhorn 1

Sauk Prairie .......... 000 000 2 — 2 2 0

Elkhorn ................. 100 000 0 — 1 4 2

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — SP: Kayla Breunig (W, 7-4-1-8-11). E: Crawford (L, 6-2-2-3-12); Regner (1-0-0-0-2).

Leading hitters — SP: 2B — Zins. E: Rand (2x3).

May 5

Sauk Prairie 15, Adams-Friendship 3 (5)

Adams-Friendship .... 100 02 — 3 6 3

Sauk Prairie ........... 321 9x — 15 15 2

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — AF: Mackenzie Armstrong (L, 3-8-6-0-5), Peyton Hiller (1-7-5-2-0); SP: Macey McIntyre (W, 5-6-2-4-6).

Leading hitters — AF: Mackenzie Armstrong (2x2). 2B — Dani Craddock. HR — Mackenzie Armstrong. SP: Regin Suchla (3x3), Elizabeth Kiechinger (2x4), Macey McIntyre (2x4). 2B — Regin Suchla, Macey McIntyre, Reiba Breunig.


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