By Tera White
Mound Westonka softball played seven games in a busy week, ending with a 9-5 overall record and 6-2 in conference.
At Orono on May 9, the White Hawks played into extra innings but had a heartbreaking 6-5 loss in the eighth. Westonka out-hit Orono 8-5 but played from behind after an early 3-0 deficit. They came back to tie it up 3-3 in the top of the third. Orono got one back in the bottom of the inning, and in the seventh the White Hawks tied it up 4 all. Senior co-captain Becca Dvoracek and sophomore Maddie Steahl led with two hits each. Junior Maddy White took the loss, pitching the full game.
On May 10, the White Hawks hosted New London-Spicer for doubleheader and celebrated Youth Night and the “Go4theGoal, Lace up 4Pediatric Cancer” campaign. Youth were given T-shirts, and the varsity players autographed souvenir softballs for the young fans.
In the first game, Westonka won 12-5. Senior co-captain Calli Battis pitched the whole game and earned the win. Dvoracek and junior Ellie Skogsberg had two hits each. Dvoracek left the game on concussion protocol and sat the rest of the week. Skogsberg and sophomores Melissa Drill and Chloe Kantola each had two RBI.
In the second game, Westonka won 6-0. Junior players put up strong hitting in this game; White and Skogsberg both had home runs on the home turf, Taylor Smith had three hits and Samantha Osmeck had her first varsity career hit with an RBI double. White threw a no- hitter going into the final inning, when she gave up a single hit. This was her second shutout of the season.
On May 12, the varsity team played in the Maranatha Classic, winning all three games against Lakeville South (12-8), Fridley (12-2) and Maranatha Christian (8-0). On the day, Skogsberg dominated with eight hits in the three games, and Steahl followed closely with seven. From the mound, White picked up two wins and Battis one. “We’ve had good pitching and timely hitting throughout the stretch,” said coach Scott Eidsness regarding the five-game winning streak this week.
May 14 brought the White Hawks on the road, where they lost 7-3 against a tough St. Michael team. The White Hawks only managed four hits in rainy conditions.
All eyes are on the march to section playoffs, which begin next week, but not before the White Hawks play another six games in five days. The team will celebrate their seniors at home on Thursday, May 17, against Glencoe-Silver Lake at 5 p.m. They will be at Watertown on Friday, May 18, and at home for a doubleheader with Litchfield to round out the regular season on Saturday.