A trio of wins and a loss last week put the New London varsity softball team at a 21-5 season record as they prepared for this week’s regional playoffs.
The Bulldogs defeated Seymour, Shawano and SPASH while facing a loss against Denmark.
The girls were in second place in the Bay Conference (12-4) after Luxembourg-Casco (15-1). The WFSCA/WisSports.net Coaches Poll ranked New London seventh in Division 2 softball as of Tuesday, May 19.
The Bulldogs earned the No. 1 seed in the region and therefore a bye for Tuesday’s start of Division 2 regional softball. They were scheduled Wednesday to play the winner of Tuesday’s regional game between Fox Valley Lutheran and Xavier. Tuesday’s game had not yet taken place as of this newspaper’s publication.
Results from last weeks’ games are as follows:
New London 12, Seymour 2
The Bulldogs conquered the Seymour Thunder 12-2 in a blowout home game on Monday, May 18, scoring seven runs at the bottom of the first inning alone.
The visiting Thunder’s only runs came during the top of the first inning when Seymour’s Raven Vandenlengenberg slammed a home run, batting in teammate Anna Schenk.
New London proceeded to earn another four more runs in the third inning and one run in the fourth. Alanna Beyer, Abby Elsholtz and Leah Porath all hit home runs and Elsholtz and Porath led the team in RBI with three each.
The game ended after five innings due to the Bulldogs’ 10-run lead. Pitcher Shelby Sommer earned the win for the Bulldogs.
Denmark 4, New London 3
New London suffered their only loss last week at the hands of the Demark Vikings on Tuesday, May 19.
The game was a pitching duel between Sommer and Denmark’s Taylor Ullman. Both pitched a full seven innings, with Ullman earning the win.
The game started with no runs scored by Denmark and three by New London at the bottom of the first inning. Payton Mix, Beyer and Porath completed runs batted in by Mix, Elsholtz and Molly O’Connell.
Denmark retaliated with a pair of runs during the second inning and two more runs in the third, bringing the score to 4-3. The game ended at 4-3 as no additional runs were scored.
New London 11, Shawano 5
The Bulldogs played another high-scoring game in Shawano Thursday, May 21.
Porath and Sommer both batted a double, and Porath landed three RBIs.
Sommer threw the winning pitch and struck out three batters.
New London 3, Stevens Point 0
The scoreboard racked up runs only during the second inning Friday, May 22 as the Bulldogs defeated SPASH 3-0 in a nonconference away game.
Sommer pitched a shutout. She struck out two batters while allowing five hits and two walks.
Alanna Beyer batted in runners Porath, Mix and Ashlee Moeller.