Matthias, Klotz Pace Warhawks to Super Regional Win

The No. 25 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater softball team scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and withstood a late rally Friday afternoon on its way to a 1-0 victory over 24th-ranked Illinois Wesleyan in the first game of the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional.

With the game tied at 0-0 entering the seventh, freshman right fielder Kaiden Jackson laced a double to left center and stole third with nobody out.

Senior left fielder Mallory Klotz stepped up as the next hitter and drove a pitch back up the middle to give the Warhawks (29-11-1) a one-run lead and collect her 231st career hit to break the program’s all-time record.

With six shutout innings under her belt, sophomore pitcher Bella Matthias came back out for the seventh.

The Titans (34-11-1) started the frame with back-to-back hits, but Matthias recovered to strike out the side, getting the final hitter on a 3-2 count to secure the win and put UW-Whitewater one win away from next week’s NCAA Championship in Oklahoma City.

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UW-Whitewater Advances to NCAA Super Regional in Thrilling Fashion

The No. 25 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round for the first time since 2014 Monday with a 3-2 triumph over Coe (Iowa) in the championship game of the NCAA Whitewater Regional at van Steenderen Softball Complex.

With one out and one on in the top of the seventh and the Warhawks clinging to a 3-1 lead, the Kohawks’ Marisa Repp drove a pitch deep to center field. Leaping at the wall, senior centerfielder Caitlin Catino reached over and made the catch in the webbing of her glove to maintain the UW-Whitewater lead.

After Coe (28-14) plated a run after a walk and a base hit, junior Julia Camardo induced a fly ball to Catino in center for the final out of the game, sending the team to the Super Regional round.

The Warhawks (28-11-1) will visit Illinois Wesleyan Friday at 2 p.m. in the first game of a best-of-three series. The winner of the three-game set will head to the NCAA Championship round in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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Whippet Softball defeats Edgerton

Photos by Bob Mischka

From Coach Sdano:

The Lady Whippets played excellent defense behind Sara Johnson’s solid pitching to defeat Edgerton 2-0.

Johnson went the distance in earning her 5th win of the season. She allowed only 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7.

Whitewater scored their first run in the 4th inning as Jacee Johnson singled with one out. Sara Johnson grounded out to third base advancing Jacee to second. With two outs, Kiyla Kopecky had one of her three hits on the day to drive in Jacee.

The Whippets got an insurance run in the 6th inning as Alyssa Schumacher tripled with one out. With two outs, Sara Johnson singled to score Schumacher and give the Whippets a 2-0 lead.

That was all the runs the team needed as Sara Johnson shut down the Crimson Tide the rest of the way. Whitewater is now 7-8 overall and 7-4 in conference. The Whippets will be busy this week as they play at Beloit Turner on Tuesday, travel to Big Foot on Wednesday, and then have home games on Thursday and Friday against Beloit Turner and Evansville respectively.

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Whippet Softball Downs East Troy

Article by Coach Ron Sdano

The Whippet Softball Team defeated East Troy Thursday night by a score of 12-6. Whitewater took the lead with one run in the first inning but East Troy scored 2 runs in the second and 1 in the third to take a 3-1 lead. The Whippets had 2 errors that led to all 3 runs. The Lady Whippets broke things open with 6 runs in the bottom of the third inning. East Troy would not go down without a fight as they came back with 3 runs in the fifth inning to close the gap at 7-6. Whitewater put the game out of reach scoring 2 runs in the fifth and 3 in the sixth to get the win.

Morgan Gransee led the Whippets in hitting going 4 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 runs batted in. Alyssa Schumacher went 2 for 4 with 2 runs, Catherine Yang went 1 for 3 with 1 run and 2 runs batted in, while Kailey Ruhl went 1 for 3 with 2 runs.

Jacee Johnson pitched 3 innings for the win while Morgan Gransee pitched the final 2 innings for the save.

The Whippets are 3-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Next game is today (Friday) at home against Clinton. Whitewater travels to McFarland tomorrow (Saturday) for a doubleheader against McFarland. Start time on Saturday is 10:00 am.

Whippet Baseball Downs East Troy

Article by Nate Parrish

Whitewater Whippet High School baseball team improved to 6-0 on the season with a 5-1 victory over East Troy. The Whippet bats came out swinging in the top of the 1st as James Dedrick led the game off with a single and stole second to get in scoring position. Bryce Parrish sent a line drive single to left giving them the early 1-0 lead. Parrish would steal second and Jordan Curtis would knock him in for a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the 1st. East Troy would get one back in the bottom of the frame but the Whippets would strike again in the 4th inning. With one out Danny Harnack doubled to right, Chris Dedrick was hit by a pitch and James Dedrick would double to score both runners for a 4-1 lead. The Whippets would add one more in the 7th inning when James Dedrick led off the inning with a double, Dylan Pease moved him to 3rd and Bryce Parrish lined to center to make the final score of 5-1. James Dedrick paced the hitting attack going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. Bryce Parrish added 3 hits and 2 RBI’s as Danny Harnack and Chris Dedrick also had doubles.

Dylan Pease picked up the win on the mound in first outing of the season going 6.1 innings giving up 4 hits, 1 unearned run while striking out 6 and walking none. Bryce Parrish finished off the last two hitters to end the game. Coach Pease felt the Whippets put on a number of good swings on the evening as they collected 11 hits, unfortunately, they stranded 7 runners, but there were also a number of line drives right at East Troy players, if those snuck through it could have led to a big inning. Dylan and Bryce did a great job of throwing strikes and the defense made plays behind them.

Next up is Milton on Friday evening at Whitewater High School with 1st pitch at 4:45. Saturday they travel to D1 State ranked Oconomowoc.

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Whippet Soccer Ties Cambridge-Deerfield

Article by Coach Dan McCrea

This week in Whitewater Girls’ Soccer. On Tuesday, April 24, the Whippets traveled to Cambridge for a non-conference game against Cambridge-Deerfield. The Whippets tied United 2-2. The Whippets scored first on a goal by Jaden Henneman, assisted by Kacie Carollo. United then responded to tie the game going into halftime. Cambridge-Deerfield scored early in the second half to take the advantage. The Whippets Carmen Kraayvanger then scored on a penalty to tie the game. Both teams battled for the next thirty with neither able to take the lead.

On Thursday, April 26 the Whippets were again on the road traveling to Williams Bay for a conference game against the co-op team of Big Foot and Williams Bay. The Bay Chiefs and McFarland Spartans are the top two teams in the RVC, earlier in the year the Bay Chiefs lost to the Spartans 2-0. The Whippets passing game was missing against Cambridge-Deerfield, thus the focus of Wednesday’s practice was on passing, structure, and spacing. The Bay Chiefs found the back of the net twice in the first half and two more times in the second half to secure a 4-0 win over the Whippets. While the Whippets passing game improved, the Bay Chiefs proved to be too much.

The 2-1-2 overall and 2-1-0 RVC Whippets are off until Thursday, May 3 when they host conference-leading McFarland.

WHS Softball Split against Brodhead

Photos by Bob Mischka

The Lady Whippet softball team came from behind to upset the Brodhead Cardinals to secure their first conference win of the season. Brodhead defeated Whitewater on Tuesday by a score of 7-2 but the Whippets evened things out with a 10-9 win on Thursday. The Cardinals took a 7-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning but the Whippets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 7-3. Jacee Johnson had a double to score Alyssa Schumacher and then Sara Johnson singled to score Jacee. Whitewater added runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make the score 7-5. Brodhead scored two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to increase their lead to 9-5. “Going into the bottom of the seventh inning things didn’t look good but I knew that our girls would not quit” Coach Sdano said. Whitewater would rally in the bottom of the seventh as Kailey Ruhl opened with a single. Alyssa Schumacher singled her to second and Jacee Johnson hit her second double of the game to score Kailey. Alyssa would score on a pitcher error and Jacee scored on a single by Elizabeth Katzman. With the score 9-8 and two outs, Morgan Gransee hit a slow roller towards first base that the pitcher mishandled. Her throw to first was in the dirt allowing Sara Johnson to tie the game. Katzman continued around third base as Brodhead’s first baseman retrieved the ball. The throw home was on target but Katzman slid under the catcher’s tag to give the Whippets a thrilling come from behind win. Sdano was excited with the way things turned out. “What a game! To be on the winning end of a game like that is fun. This also gives us confidence going into next week’s conference games against Clinton.”

Jacee Johnson and Alyssa Schumacher each had 3 hits while Sara Johnson had 2 hits. Alyssa pitched the first four innings and Jacee Johnson pitched the final three innings for the win. Whitewater is home on Tuesday, April 3 as they play host to the Clinton Cougars. They then travel to Clinton on Thursday, April 5. Game time is 4:45 pm. Please come out and support the Lady Whippets.