It’s been a long time for the Burlington High School softball team.
Jaina Westphal and Josie Klein made sure it wouldn’t be any longer.
The two staked the Demons to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with solo home runs and Burlington went on to a 5-1 Southern Lakes Conference victory over Wilmot Tuesday at Wilmot.
Burlington (13-5, 11-1 SLC) is assured of at least a share of its first SLC championship since 1989, coach Gary Caliva said. A victory over Waterford on Thursday or Delavan-Darien on Friday — both games are Burlington – would clinch the outright championship.
“The kids played just awesome softball, not only tonight but all year,” Caliva said. “They’ve been getting better every game and when we play like this, we’re hard to beat.”
Westphal opened the game with a solo homer. After a strikeout, Klein followed with her shot.
And then Klein (12-3) ensured those two runs would be enough with her pitching. She allowed just three hits, struck out two and did not allow a walk.
“She hit all her spots and the defense was really, really good,” Caliva said.
Burlington turned a 6-4-3 double play in the third inning from Gracie Peterson at shortstop to Westphal at second base to Kya Kafar at first. Caliva said the Demons nearly had a second double play.
Right fielder Maddie Berezowitz went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Designated player Bridi Allen went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
RACINE LUTHERAN 14-12, ST. CATHERINE’S 0-2: Over nine combined innings in a Metro Classic Conference doubleheader at Island Park, Crusaders pitcher Kat Schmierer struck out 16 batters and held the Angels to three hits.
Both games ended early due to the 10-run rule. Lutheran (9-10, 6-7 MCC) got its 14 runs on just five hits in the opening shutout. Four of Alexis Peterson’s five RBIs came in the second game, which the freshman center fielder ended on a double-play throw to second base.
Schmierer hit a home run and a pair of doubles. Her three RBIs matched fellow Crusaders Sydney Hoover, Sydney Dexter and Madalyn Schmierer.
“This young team keeps battling and improving,” said Lutheran coach Becky Demuth.
St. Catherine’s (1-20) got both of its runs in the second inning of game two. Angels pitchers allowed 12 combined walks.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 7-4, SAINT THOMAS MORE 0-0: Sydney Robson and Christina Paleka pitched a combined no-hitter for Catholic Central in the second game of a Metro Classic Conference doubleheader at Congress Street Park.
Robson struck out three in two innings and Paleka had seven strikeouts in the last three innings.
Robson went 3 for 3 with three doubles and two RBIs and Paleka went 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI.
Robson struck out eight and allowed two hits in four innings in the first game. She also went 2 for 3. Anne-Marie Fabiani and Katie Goethal both had two RBIs for the Lady Toppers (12-4, 8-0 MCC).
FRANKLIN 10, HORLICK 3: Tricia Zimmerman hit a two-run homer to left-center field to pull the Rebels even at 2-2 in the third inning, but Horlick allowed five unearned runs in a Southeast Conference loss at Franklin.
Arianna Singer reached base three times for Horlick (2-14, 0-10 SEC), finishing 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Courtney DeRosia, who also had two hits, took the loss.
CASE 5, PARK 0: A hat trick by freshman Marija Markovich propelled Case to victory over Southeast Conference rival Park at Pershing Park.
Markovich scored one goal in the first half and two in the second to get her second hat trick of the season. Gianna Fraley and Rebecca Toeller scored the two other goals for Case (7-6-1, 1-4-1 in SEC).
Genesis Thompkins had nine saves for Park (6-6-1, 0-5 SEC).
FRANKLIN 2, HORLICK 1: Horlick allowed a late goal in a Southeast Conference loss at Levonian Field.
Haley Wilkinson had tied the score at 1-1 for the Rebels (5-5-2, 3-3 SEC) in the second half.
Kelsey Jacobs and Abigail Deneen combined for 13 saves in goal. Deneen took for Jacobs who went down with an injury in the second half.
UNION GROVE 10, WILMOT 0: Alexa Panyk set a career scoring record for the Broncos in their Southern Lakes Conference victory at Wilmot.
The junior forward scored two goals, giving her 47. She broke the previous record by Mya Peterson.
“Alexa works so hard and is a very humble kid and I could not be prouder of her and this accomplishment,” Union Grove coach Sean Jung said.
Kendra Hoffman led the Broncos (10-1-2, 6-0 SLC) with four goals, Adrianna Rodriguez added two and Natalie Oatsvall and Kayal Maurer had one each.
Mia Guyton had one save.
BURLINGTON 5, DELAVAN-DARIEN 1: Morgan McCourt scored four goals in the Demons’ Southern Lakes Conference victory at Burlington.
McCourt scored in the 54th, 57th, 62nd, and 76th minutes and Samantha Naber added a goal in the 23rd minute. Cora Anderson had nine saves.
WATERFORD 5, LAKE GENEVA BADGER 2: Seniors Joy French and Mackenzie Malecki celebrated Senior Night with a goal and an assist, and Maddy Anderson, also a senior, had an assist in the Wolverines’ Southern Lakes Conference victory at Waterford.
Skyler Kruse had five saves for Waterford (9-4-1, 3-3 SLC).