The New London High School girls’ softball team improved its conference record to 9-2 last week by defeating Menash, Oconto Falls, and Shawano.
Despite the three wins, and only two conference losses on the year, the team entered the week in third place in the conference behind Luxemburg-Casco and Marinette.
The Bulldogs started the week by defeating Shawano 11-1 at home on Monday, May 4.
New London 18, Oconto Falls 5
New London traveled to Oconto Falls Tuesday, May 5 and wasted little time scoring, putting up two runs in the first inning. Oconto Falls countered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
It was all New London from there, scoring two more runs in the second inning, one run in the third inning, three runs in the fourth inning, four runs in the fifth inning, and six runs in the sixth inning.
New London won the game 18-5.
Maddie Ruckdashel had five hits in five at bats, scoring three runs and driving in three runs. Payton Mix had four hits for the Bulldogs. She also scored five runs and drove in a run.
Shelby Sommer and Abby Elsholtz each had three hits and four runs batted in. Alanna Beyer had three hits, while McCoy Mix had two hits, and Leah Porath had one hit.
Sommer pitched a complete game, going six innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits. She struck out six batters.
New London 11, Menasha 1
New London returned home Thursday, May 7 and easily handled Menasha 11-1.
Menasha got on the scoreboard first, scoring a run in the first inning.
After being held scoreless in their half of the first inning, the Bulldogs had six players cross the plate in the second inning. They scored five more runs in the sixth inning on their way to the victory.
Molly O’Connell was led the team in hitting, collecting four hits in four at bats, scoring two runs, and driving in two runs.
Beyer, Sommer, and Elsholtz each had two hits, with Sommer and Elsholtz also driving in two runs each. Mix, Porath, Ruckdashel, and Grace Mroczynski also collected a hit.
Sommer was the winning pitcher, giving up one run in six innings. She struck out five batters.