After climbing to the top of the Woodland West a season ago, New Berlin West's softball team appears as if it will stay there for yet another year.
The Vikings took all four conference games it played last week to move to 12-1 overall and 11-1 in the Woodland West, three games in front of second-place New Berlin Eisenhower with four league game remaining.
New Berlin West began last week with three routs -- a 20-2 win over Shorewood on May 8, an 18-4 victory over Greendale on May 9 and a 16-3 triumph over Pewaukee on May 10.
The Vikings then closed the week with a 7-3 win over a much-improved Wauwatosa West team on May 11.
Charolette Ropas and Maddie Minik each went 4-for-4 against Shorewood. Cheyenne Sowinski was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, Andrea Stephens went 3-for-3 with three RBI, Katey Devine was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Lauren Kunz collected two hits and two RBI.
Monica Lauerman picked up the win against the Greyhounds by striking out nine and allowing two runs over five innings.
Kunz finished 3-for-3 and Sowinski went 3-for-4 with three RBI and pitched five innings in the win over Greendale. Devine was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Dannielle Nyenheis went 2-for-2.
A five-run third and a seven-run fourth helped West pull away from Pewaukee. Nyenheis was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and Sara Leibherr drove in two runs. Sowinski struck out eight over four innings and was 2-for-4 at the plate.
Tosa West scored twice in the second to take a 2-1 lead on New Berlin West but the Vikings pulled even on a solo home run by Nyenheis in the fifth.
Ropas singled home Devine to put New Berlin West up 3-2 in the sixth. It turned out to be a four-run inning for the Vikings, capped by an RBI double by Nyenheis to make it 6-2.
Nyenheis finished 3-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBI. Ropas was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Sowinski earned the win by allowing just two earned runs with seven strikeouts over seven innings.
The Vikings can wrap up at least a share of the Woodland West title with a win over Pewaukee on Tuesday, May 16.