Hamilton's varsity girls softball team rolled past West Allis Central twice on April 25, 26-9 and 21-5. On April 26, the Chargers were defeated by Brookfield East, 13-8, in Greater Metro Conference play.
Whitney Wnuk went 3 for 3 with two runs scored in the loss to the Spartans. Emerson Vesely went 3 for 4 in her first ever varsity starting assignment, though Hamilton couldn't overcome nine errors.
"A positive was all nine girls in the lineup had at least one hit," Hamilton head girls softball coach Jim Lawinger said.
Tori Meyer went 4 for 4 in one game against West Allis Central and reached base safely nine times. Sydney Sprinkel reached base successfully nine times in the doubleheader, scoring six runs. Bailee Bobert went 5 for 8 in the two games against West Allis Central, driving in six runs. Sami Williams reached base eight times in 11 plate appearances. Taylor Vigani reached base six times in 10 chances.
Sprinkel was the winning pitcher in both games verses the Bulldogs.
"I am real proud for the little things that our team is very proficient at," Lawinger said.
Case in point: Bobert witnessed a Bulldogs runner failing to touch home plate on a bases-loaded walk. The catcher was able to record the out on appeal.
Wnuk had a five RBI game in one of the meetings with the Bulldogs.
Lawinger praised the mental state of West Allis Central.
"I think the biggest wow of the day would have to go to West Allis Central's team," Lawinger said. " …They were getting beat bad but their composure, chatter and overall demeanor was outstanding."
Golfers win at Slinger
Hamilton's varsity golf team finished atop the Slinger Invite standings on April 26, shooting 333 as a team.
Austin Kendziorski shot 80 for Hamilton, and Nate Goecks finished with 81. Nate Hermsen had 85, and Bennett Gilsinger ended up with 87.
On April 27, the Chargers placed 10th in the Lake Country Charity Invite held at Erin Hills.
The Chargers picked up a solid round from Kendziorski with 77 and Goecks ended up with 79. Hermsen totaled 84, and Mitch Olson shot 88.
"I think the team has been playing well of late," Hamilton head boys golf coach Stan Grove said.
Soccer falls in heartbreaker
Indirectly off a corner kick, Oconomowoc junior Hailey Niedfeldt found herself perfectly positioned, unmarked on the weak side. She didn't hesitate, burying the game-winner on April 26 in the 62nd minute against Sussex Hamilton.
Host Cooney won the nonconference tilt, 1-0.
Hamilton didn't fold up the tent at that point, and was on the attack, using the sidelines to launch multiple crosses into the box in hopes of getting the equalizer past Oconomowoc junior goalie Megan Shanahan. Chargers freshman Taylor Klug provided most of the headaches for Oconomowoc's defense with well-placed balls to junior midfielder Hannah Menzia, junior midfielder Molly Matthiesen and senior forward Rachel Elliott.
The Chargers' last realistic opportunity came off a corner kick from Rachel Elliott in the 77th minute, an attempt defused by the Oconomowoc defense.
"This was Taylor's best game of the season; she really turned it up a notch tonight," Hamilton veteran head girls soccer coach Tom Konkol said. "It was hard to play a possession game on fields right now. We wanted to get the ball wide but it's hard sometimes. Our strength is in the midfield and when push comes to shove, they want to get it done, but sometimes you have to make an adjustment, so we elected to go outside."
Neither team threatened much in the first half, playing the majority of it changing possessions in the midfield. Chargers longtime assistant coach Mark Hagen felt the girls in red needed to string short passes together to be successful in the high wind.
"It's always disappointing to lose. It's a bummer because we felt we outplayed them," Konkol said. "We don't feel good, but we feel better because of the way we played on Wednesday, where we didn't play very good."
The Chargers (3-3) lost 1-0 against Brookfield East on April 24 in a Greater Metro Conference game. Hamilton is at home on May 3 against Oak Creek at 7 p.m. On May 4 the Chargers host Madison East at 11 a.m.
Tennis gaining experience
Alan Schneider, Hamilton's head boys tennis coach, kept members of the program plenty busy with the weather finally cooperating this past week.
"We had a busy week, playing six matches in four days," he said. "Even though our record was 1-5, we had some extremely competitive matches and gained some valuable experience which will carry over for the second part of the season and the next seasons as my squad is predominantly comprised of freshmen and sophomores."
On April 24, Milwaukee Rufus King defeated the Chargers, 6-1, with the win coming at No. 4 singles from Steve Smith, 6-2, 6-1. Smith won a day later against Wauwatosa East, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Connor Davidson grabbed a win, 6-4, 6-4, against his opponent from Wauwatosa East at No. 3 singles in a 6-1 loss. Michael Banda lost a close match at No. 2 singles, as did the No. 3 doubles team of Charlie Drazewski and Brandon Pohlman.
In Friday's match against Brookfield East, Smith won again 6-7, (5), 6-2, 6-3.
Tony Moore, playing No. 1 singles for Hamilton, ran into Joe Adams of Brookfield East. The two student-athletes played for two hours with Moore losing in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. East won the dual, 6-1.
Davidson put up a fight at No. 2 singles but came up short in a three-set match, along with Pohlman and Drazewski at No. 3 doubles.
On Saturday, the Chargers were at the Germantown Quad, getting the win against Menomonee Falls, 4-3. Davidson won at No. 1 singles over Jake Kramer, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 10-7. Michael Banda got a win at No. 2 singles over Danny Balister, 6-1, 6-0. Smith won 6-1, 6-2 over Jonah Fowle. Tony Moore and Andrew Ullmann won their match against Sean Lee and Dan Radtke 6-0, 6-1.
"Although the close losses are frustrating, I understand that this is typical of young players. I am confident that in the next seasons we will win close matches," Schneider added.
Track teams compete at Badger
Hamilton's boys and girls track and field teams were at the Lake Geneva Badger on April 25, with the boys claiming fifth place.
The Chargers scored 87 points, and the girls took sixth with 46 points in their portion of the competition. Kettle Moraine was the top boys team at the meet with 156 points. Arrowhead was the winning team on the girls side with 197.5.
Drew Patterson won the long jump at 21 feet, 5 1/2 inches, and he also served on the winning 4x200-meter relay, joining Alec McShane, Chais Blackburn and Brett Buehler in winning at 1:32.38.
Blackburn was second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.55. Joel Fotsch was third at 15.61, and he ended up in fourth place in the 300 hurdles at 43.61.
Vince Pascale was second in the pole vault at 11-6.
Blackburn, Buehler, Josh Desorcy and Patterson finished second in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:26.98.
Tony Koepnick was third in the shot put at 48-5, just ahead of teammate Austin Mitzel at 45-9. Koepnick finished third in the discus at 159-9.
The 4x100 relay team took fourth at 46.29, using Andrew Dauer, Tyler Davis, Corey Parris and Isaiah Webb.
On the girls side, Toney Lock was second in the 100 with a time of 12.65. Ashlyn Paulson was third in the 1,600 at 5:34.52.
The Chargers got third-place points for their joint efforts in the 4x100 relay with Claire Birk, Lock, Kaila Carter and Rebecca Enea at 52.83. Birk was fourth in the 100 hurdles, clocked at 16.82.
Birk, Nikki Maggiori, Samantha Hagenow and Lauren Spankowski finished in fourth place in the 4x200 relay at 1:56.79.
Allison Jakubic, Ericka Sereg, Hannah Jeffers and Cassie Tilidetzke ended up fifth in the 4x800 with a time of 11:31.05.
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