By Tera White
Mound Westonka softball has had a busy schedule, catching up on weather-related cancellations with doubleheaders in the final weeks of the season.
The White Hawks traveled mid-week to their farthest conference rivals, Litchfield and New London–Spicer. Games become more intense with a back-heavy schedule, and Westonka won the last three of their five contests last week, which put momentum on their side as they finish conference play. Fans are counting on this winning trend—with bats coming alive and spot-on fielding—to be a late-season peek of teamwork and performance to get the White Hawks ready to run into section playoffs, which begin Monday, May 20. Westonka’s overall record is 7-9 and the White Hawks are 5-5 in the Wright County West Conference.
Monday, May 13 brought a win at home vs. section competitors Orono. It was a tough battle fought over two extra innings. Senior tri-captain Taylor Smith secured the win with a big hit on a 3-2 count in bottom of the ninth to knock in senior tri-captain Maddy White for the 7-6 victory in nine innings. Junior Emma Mack led at the plate with three hits in four at-bats with two RBIs. Junior Melissa Drill followed with two hits in five at-bats, adding two RBIs with a huge triple. White had two hits in four at-bats. Mack pitched the first five innings, and White came in for the last four and got the win.
In New London-Spicer on May 9, the White Hawks played a doubleheader. Game 1 brought a 6-0 shutout for White from the pitching circle, giving up only three hits. Drill and White had two hits each, leading the bats. In Game 2, bats came alive for Westonka in an 11-3 win. White pitched the first four innings for the win, and Mack came in and cleaned up. Senior tri-captian Ellie Skogsberg and junior Maddie Steahl led with three hits each, and Mack led with four RBIs on two hits.
Before the wind came into the White Hawks’ sail, they lost both games at Litchfield on May 7 (5-4 and 10-6).
Seniors will be celebrated at home on Tuesday, May 14, when the White Hawks also host a fun youth night. The rest of the week for the White Hawks is on the road: Wed, May 15, in Dassel-Cokato and Friday, May 17, in Rockford for a doubleheader to close out the regular season games. Section seeding and the playoff schedule should be announced on May 16.