Schaller-Crestland showing signs of improvement

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Newell-Fonda snuck past Schaller-Crestland's softball team 2-0 Monday to improve to 17-5 overall and 8-1 in the Northwest Conference.

Lauren Devereaux claimed her 14th pitching win of the season, with no runs, one hit, six walks and 11 strikeouts.

"This was a great game for our pitching and defense. We were a little undisciplined behind the plate, but I was very pleased with our effort after the four-game stretch over the weekend," said Newell-Fonda coach Dick Jungers. "The girls are starting to put together what they need to do to be successful."

Newell-Fonda scored one run in the first inning and its last run in the third, with both runs coming off Val Anderson hits.

Schaller-Crestland's Kaitlin Franken took the hard-luck loss, allowing just four hits and two runs but walking six batters. She also had the only hit of the night for the Cats, which came in the top of five.

It was a respectable performance for the Wildcats, who had beaten St. Mary's in its previous game before playing 1A No. 5 N-F to a two-run game on the road.

"I'm very impressed at the level our team has been playing at. Cutting down on errors has helped considerably, as well as getting consistent pitching from both our pitchers," said S-C first-year coach Angie Willer. "At the end of last week we were able to get back-to-back big wins over Sac City and St. Mary's. Those two wins gave us momentum and the confidence to face Newell-Fonda on Monday. Keeping Newell-Fonda to only two runs is an accomplishment by itself, and I'm very proud of the way the girls came out ready to play.

"Hopefully we can build on this and compile a few more runs."

The Wildcats slipped to 5-10 overall and 4-6 in the Northwest Conference.

Devereaux and Hannah Rossiter had the other two hits for the Mustangs.

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