MWHS softball finishes out regular season

FullSizeRend2 erBy Tera White
For The Laker

A series of rainouts have condensed the end of the conference season for the White Hawks.

On May 14, Westonka hosted a make-up double header with the Litchfield Dragons. The team split the games with one win apiece.

Between games, the players observed a moment of silence to honor Waconia softball player Lexi “Smiley” Kretsch, who lost her life in a car accident in July 2015.

In the first game, Westonka lost 7-4. Sophomore Callie Battis pitched seven innings and struck out nine batters. The White Hawks were down 2-1 in bottom of the fifth inning, when eighth-grader Chloe Kantola hit her first varsity career homerun to take the lead 3-2.

Heading into the seventh inning, Westonka had a 4-2 lead. However, the team fell apart, ultimately giving up five runs in the final inning losing 7-4.

Freshman Maddy White had two hits; sophomores Battis and Sam Eidsness each had a single.

For the second game, The White Hawks won 8-6. M. White pitched, giving up three earned runs, while striking out seven batters.

Offensively, Westonka broke out for 14 hits. Lead by co-captain junior Charlie Jo Bailey, who was 4 for 4 with two homeruns and 5 RBIs. Maddie Steahl, eighth-grade catcher, had three hits.

Kantola ripped two hits, including her second homerun of the season. Eighth-grader Emma Mack also had two hits.

Vs. Glencoe Silver Lake

A game at home on May 16 brought a 4-3 victory for the White Hawks.

Bailey hit a homerun over centerfield fence in the sixth inning to take the lead. She had 2 RBI in all.

Battis pitched all seven innings and shut the Panther’s down in the seventh with two strikeouts. In all, she struck out nine, giving up four hits and three runs. Battis also contributed to the win with two bunt hits.

It was a tight game, and with Westonka down 3-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, Kantola lead off with a double. With one out, Bailey came up to bat and hit a homerun on the second pitch over the centerfield fence. This was Bailey’s fourth homerun for the year.

For the season, the White Hawks have eight wins and nine losses, with a conference record of five wins and six losses.

As of press time, the White Hawks had yet to face Watertown on May 17, where they will honor senior captain Sydnie Peterson. The conference season wrapped up after press time on May 18 with a double header at Annandale.