Rain has wreaked havoc on the spring sports season in Wisconsin, being particularly unkind to local softball teams. At this point, no team is close to the product it will be come tournament time in late May.
Defending state champion New Berlin West entered its first game against New Berlin Eisenhower having played just twice, while the Lions came in with just four games under its belt.
Each school had multiple games postponed due to wet grounds again last week, but the two rivals were able to square off April 12 at Eisenhower. New Berlin West received strong pitching from Cheyenne Sowinski and home runs from Andrea Stephens and Sara Leibherr to pull away late for a 7-2 victory over Eisenhower.
The win moved the Vikings, the top-ranked team in Division 2, to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Woodland Conference, while the Lions fell to 3-2 and 2-1.
Sowinski and Anna Lang traded zeroes through three innings before New Berlin West broke through in the top of the fourth.
Lydia Minik led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Katey Devine. Sowinski followed with a single to center field that scored Minik to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.
Eisenhower had an answer in the bottom of the fourth. Molly Beacom drew a walk to start the frame and was sacrificed to second with two outs by McKenna Hietpas. Erin Hedman then singled to put runners at the corners before an infield single by Lang tied the game at 1-1.
Maddie Minik began the fifth for the Vikings by singling to center field before moving to second on a one-out walk issued to Stephens. Lauren Kunz put New Berlin West back on top at 2-1 with a single to center field that scored Maddie Minik.
The Vikings blew the game open with five runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted a pair of home runs by Stephens and Leibherr.
Stephens connected for a one-out solo shot on a line drive to center field. Following singles by Kunz and Lydia Minik, Sowinski was hit by a pitch to load the bases, which were quickly cleared by Leibherr, who crushed a grand slam to make it 7-1.
Sowinski had all the run support she needed, as she allowed just two earned runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings in a complete-game victory.
Lydia Minik, Sowinski and Kunz all had two hits for the Vikings, which will play next at Whitnall at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.
Lang surrendered seven runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings. Eisenhower will also take next week off for spring break before hosting South Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m.