The Hamilton softball team battled West Allis Hale on May 3 and trailed at the end of five innings, 10-8. HHS was in striking distance, but Hale's 12-run seventh inning helped Hale win, 22-9.
'The Hale game was really a good softball game until the seventh,' HHS coach Tom Schlueter said. 'We had a 6-2 lead going into the third when we gave up one walk, two errors and six hits. We lost the lead there but came back with two later in the game to make it 10-8 going into the seventh. In the seventh, we simply could not get an out. Hale put on a hitting clinic.'
Katlyn Schneider drove in three runs, and Morgan Dercola drove in two.
The Chargers turned it around the next day with an 11-3 win over Wauwatosa East. Keri Bohlmann went 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Dercola also had two RBIs. Karly Vigani went the distance and struck out eight.
On May 5, Hamilton took down Brookfield East, 20-4. Madison Earing led HHS with four hits and four RBIs. Dercola went 3 for 5, drove in three runs and scored three runs. Bohlmann had three hits. Vigani and Schneider had two hits each.
'Brook East and Tosa East were good turnaround games,' Schlueter said. 'Both of those games started with good pitching by Karly Vigani, who got the win against Tosa, and Katlyn Schneider at Brookfield East. We played much better defense in those games. In fact, the game at Brook East we had no errors. First time this year we had that happen.'
Playing three games on May 7, the Chargers beat West Bend East but lost to Kewaskum and West Bend West. Three girls missed the tournament because of prom and one to injury, so Schlueter brought up two junior varsity players. It also gave other varsity players who haven't seen as much playing time a chance to play more.
The losses were due in part of too many errors on Hamilton's side, but the lone win at the tournament reflected an improvement an overall play.
'We beat West Bend East by hitting three home runs and playing good defense,' Schlueter said. 'Madison Earing is our player of the week. She is now our fourth-best average hitter. She hit her second home run Saturday, and she has seven RBIs in the last five games.'