By Tera White
Mound Westonka girls softball played two games at Aquila Park in St. Louis Park on May 30 as they progressed in Section 6AAA playoffs.
In the first game, Westonka ended DeLaSalle’s season, defeating them 6-1. Junior Callie Battis and ninth-grader Melissa Drill each had two RBIs. The White Hawks had 10 hits, led by sophomore Maddy White and ninth-grader Maddy Steahl with two apiece. White went the seven-inning distance on the mound for the win.
Moving to the second game of the night, the White Hawks had a disappointing loss to Orono, 8-5. They missed an opportunity in the first inning with bases loaded and no outs. The White Hawks were not able to get anyone in to score.
The White Hawks were down 2-0 going into bottom of the fifth when Orono broke the game open. Trailing by seven runs going into the top of the seventh, Westonka put together a rally highlighted by senior Charlie Bailey’s two-run double.
After Bailey’s double, the tying run was at the plate, giving Westonka a chance for an epic comeback, but to no avail. The team had eight hits, led by Bailey, who finished her great career with two hits and two RBIs. White started the game from the mound, and Battis came in as relief. White ended up with the loss, which ended the White Hawks season.
Coaches Scott Eidsness and Eddie Kutz highlighted the team’s accomplishments:
- varsity ended the with an impressive 16-5 record
- the team batting average was .347
- the team scored 7.3 runs per game and had 10.2 hits per game
- the pitching staff earned an ERA of 2.74
Team MVP senior Charlie Bailey was All-Conference, All-Section and led the team in most offensive categories, including batting average, RBI, home runs and doubles.
Other All-Conference players were Drill and Battis. White was also named All-Section and earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Additional All-Conference Honorable Mention recipients were ninth-grader Chloe Kantola and juniors Becca Dvoracek and Samantha Eidsness. Eidsness also received the White Hawks Award for her vocal leadership on and off the field.
The White Hawks JV team also had a strong season with a 10-2 record and seven players batting above .400.
Photos of the DeLaSalle game by Tera White
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