Wednesday, May 1, 2013


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 12
Waukesha South 2 (5 inn.)

Schneider enjoys big game

By Logan Macomber, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial’s lineup was dialed in from top to bottom.

The Crusaders batted around in the first and third innings and picked up three runs in the fourth on a home run by Quinn Schneider on their way to a five-inning 12-2 Classic 8 Conference high school softball victory over Waukesha South on Tuesday at 5 Diamonds.

Schneider, a sophomore, gave Catholic Memorial an
11-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with her first career home run, a high-arcing fly ball that easily cleared the left-field fence.

“It felt good, but I didn’t think it was going to be a home run,” she said.

Schneider, who went 3 for 4 and scored twice, batted eighth in the Catholic Memorial lineup, which registered 13 hits and generated four runs in the first and third innings to go along with three in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Waukesha South scored its
first run of the game in the top of the fifth inning when Erin Steffes knocked in Olivia Heck with a two-out single. Callie Schaser brought Steffes around to score with a triple in the ensuing at-bat to make the score 11-2.

Needing only one run to extend its lead back to 10 and seal the victory in the bottom of the fifth, Catholic Memorial again got production from the bottom of its lineup. With two outs and sophomore Maria Fernandez on third base, Brenna Lewandowski, a freshman batting ninth for the Crusaders, sent an RBI grounder to left field to give
the game its final score.

Steffes had three hits and was the only Blackshirt with multiple hits in the game.

“Erin Steffes was a nice shining part of our offense,” Waukesha South coach Corey Kirsch said.

Catholic Memorial senior Rachel Ramthun picked up the complete-game win. She struck out five batters and walked only one.

“She’s a four-year starter,” Catholic Memorial coach Brian Johnson said of his goto pitcher. “She kept the ball down.

“We made some plays and we hit the ball. We’re young, but we play pretty good
defense and we hit pretty well.”

Catholic Memorial, now 4-4, set the tone early. Freshman Hannah Smith and sophomore Mary Kate Sauer connected on back-to-back RBI doubles to lead the offensive charge in the first inning, which contained five hits.

After Waukesha South pitcher Madelyn Nowers held Catholic Memorial scoreless in the second, the Crusaders extended their lead to eight with their second four-run inning. Ramthun helped her own cause in the inning with a two-run single that scored
senior Nikki Lee and Schneider, both of whom had singled.

Schneider, Lee, Fernandez, Sauer and Ramthun were the five Catholic Memorial batters with multiple hits in the game.

Catholic Memorial senior Tia Johnson was hit by a pitch in her first two at-bats.

Despite an abundance of offense in their first home game of the season, the Crusaders stranded nine runners on base.

Waukesha South is 2-5, but Kirsch has seen improvements in his team. He called Tuesday’s game, “a step in the right direction for us.”

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