It’s been a tough stretch for the Warrior softball team.
Waunakee dropped all four of their games this week, starting with a rainy contest against Reedsburg on Tuesday.
Through the first three innings, the Beavers held Waunakee in check offensively. The Warriors managed just one hit heading through three as Reedsburg took a 3-0 lead. With the rain starting to come down a bit heavier, Waunakee’s bats finally woke up in the fourth.
After Trista and Lexi Ripp opened the inning with a pair of walks, the Warriors racked up three straight hits – including back-to-back doubles from Callie Kesilewski and Avery Lehr – to take a 4-3 lead with runs scored by Trista and Lexi Ripp, Kaylyn King and Kesilewski.
Lehr and Lauren Smithback crossed home plate before the inning was out, and the Warriors held a 6-3 lead to begin the fifth.
Reedsburg tied the game with a trio of runs in the top of the fifth, and Waunakee was unable to respond in the bottom. The score remained 6-6 heading into the fifth, when Reedsburg started to pick up some momentum with a five-run top of the inning.
This time, however, Waunakee was able to respond; the Warriors tacked on a pair of runs by Sam Soulier and Ally Ronk to cut Reedsburg’s lead to just three runs by the end of the inning.
A bit of controversy ensued following the end of the sixth inning. With the Warrior taking the field and Reedsburg’s batters taking warmup swings, the umpire signaled the end of the game, citing deteriorating field conditions.
After some confusion, with both teams heading back to their respective dugouts and then back onto the field, the game was ultimately ended after six innings, and the Warriors were denied a chance to complete a comeback.
Callie Kesilewski and Ronk led the Warriors with two hits apiece, and Kesilewski led the team with three RBI on the day.
Conditions made for a difficult day in the circle for both teams, with a combined 22 walks surrendered. Ronk allowed seven hits and just one earned run in four and a third innings of work; Trista Ripp came in for one and two-third innings, but allowed seven earned runs before Ronk returned to the circle to complete the game.
The Warriors’ luck didn’t improve as the week continued; Friday’s game against DeForest went quickly.
An eight-run second inning from the Norskies proved to be too much for Waunakee to overcome.
Already up 3-0, DeForest ripped off eight hits in the second to increase their lead to 11-0. The Norskies’ defense did the rest, limiting Waunakee to just two hits – recorded by King and Lexi Ripp – on the game.
Ronk got the start at pitcher, but lasted just two innings after surrendering 10 hits and eight earned runs. Trista Ripp replaced Ronk and finished out the game, striking out seven batters in the final three innings.
Waunakee’s cold streak continued on Saturday in Monroe, where they played a doubleheader against the Cheesemakers.
Waunakee’s offense wasn’t as cold as their run total might suggest. The Warriors put a runner on third base in four of the first five innings against Monroe; they just couldn’t find a way to bring the runners home.
The Cheesemakers, on the other hand, managed to score runs in four of the game’s six innings – including four in the second inning – to put the game away an inning early.
King led the Warriors with two hits in the game. Trista Ripp earned the start at pitcher, allowing five earned runs through five innings.
In the second game of their doubleheader, Waunakee was finally able to string together hits to put runs on the board.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, Monroe’s bats got especially hot late; the Cheesemakers racked up 11 hits in the final two innings of game two, scoring eight late runs to put away the Warriors.
Down 5-0 in the fourth, Callie Kesilewski brought a pair of runs home with an RBI single to score Lexi and Trista Ripp.
After Monroe added eight runs to their lead in the sixth and seventh, the Warriors’ rally in the bottom of the seventh was cut short. With the bases loaded, King hit a bases-clearing shot to left field, scoring Maddie Ripp, Ronk, and Caitlyn Kesilewski.
After the three runs added to the board, however, King was tagged out at second, ending the game at 13-5.
King’s three RBI led the team, followed by two RBI from Callie Kesilewski. Trista Ripp wasn’t quite as effective in her second start of the day, allowing nine earned runs in six innings of work.
Waunakee entered Tuesday’s game at Sauk Prairie with a record of 8-11 (5-5 Badger North) as they hoped to end their cold streak. Results of Tuesday’s contest were not available for this week’s edition.
The Warriors return home on Friday, when they’ll take on the Thunderbirds of Baraboo before a home doubleheader on Saturday against Monona Grove.