On a night when hits were scarce, a timely one made the difference for the Case High School softball team Thursday.
A single by Jessica Mudge and a Horlick error allowed Eagles runner Ella Druktenis to race home in the bottom of the fifth inning, providing the only scoring in a 1-0 Southeast Conference victory over the Rebels at Douglas Park.
The two teams combined for just seven hits.
“Defense was just pretty strong on both sides,” said Case coach Danielle Lowitz, noting a couple of athletic plays by shortstop Lauren Waiss.
For Case (4-10, 4-7 SEC), starting pitcher Jade Romanski and reliever Ariyah Brooks combined for the shutout. Romanski struck out five in five innings.
McKenzie Sanchez and Romanski had doubles, but overall Lowitz said the Eagles’ inconsistency at the plate continued. Horlick’s Courtney DeRosia had a big hand in that, striking out two and giving up the lone run.
Tricia Zimmerman went 2 for 3 to lead the Rebels (2-13, 0-11), who left runners on the corners in the third inning.
BURLINGTON 13-7, BADGER 2-3: The Demons swept the Badgers in a Southern Lakes Conference doubleheader at Burlington.
Burlington (12-5, 10-1 SLC), which leads Wilmot (10-2 SLC) by a half-game in the SLC standings, scored in every inning in game one and had the bats going with a total of 16 hits.
Jaina Westphal went 4 for 4, hitting for the cycle and driving in five runs. Maddie Berezowitz went 4 for 4 with an RBI and Josie Klein, who earned the victory in both games, went 3 for 4 with a double.
The Demons trailed 3-2 most of the second game before rallying for five runs in the final two innings.
Ashley Schmalfeldt went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, and Westphal and Klein each went 2 for 3.
WATERFORD 4-1, WILMOT 2-11: Waterford split a Southern Lakes Conference doubleheader against Wilmot at Waterford.
Waterford (9-9, 4-7 SLC) got a game-tying RBI from Jemma Fiehweg in the seventh and Calla Esch hit in the go-ahead run to cap off a ninth-inning victory in the first game. Mackenzie Stiewe went 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs, and Ashley Baker went 2 for 4 with a double.
Fiehweg went 3 for 4 and Baker had the lone RBI in the second game.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 10-10, ST. CATHERINE’S 3-0: The Lady Toppers had the bats working in both games of a Metro Classic Conference doubleheader against St. Catherine’s at Roosevelt Park.
Catholic Central (12-4, 10-0 MCC) scored eight runs in the opening inning of the first game. Sydney Robson went 2 for 3 with two doubles and four RBIs. She allowed two hits and struck out four in two innings.
Christina Paleka went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored three runs in the second game, and Emma Swanson drove in three runs.
Ashley Lawler had a double and an RBI for St. Catherine’s (1-19 overall) in the first game. Samantha DeGuire had two hits, including a double.
The Angels were held to three singles in the second game.
ELKHORN 1-7, UNION GROVE 0-5: The Broncos battled, but were swept by the Elks in a Southern Lakes Conference doubleheader at Elkhorn.
In the first game, the Broncos (7-12, 4-7 SLC) were held to just five hits and could not string enough together to get on the board. Two early errors hurt the Broncos as the Elks scored their lone run in the second inning off of a fielding error. Kaylie Pfeffer allowed five hits and struck out two.
The Elks scored four runs in the first inning of the second game and the Broncos answered with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. But Union Grove could not get closer after that.
“We played very well in the second game, but just could not get enough big hits to get the win,” Odell said.
Angela Slattery and Taylor Clark each went 2 for 4 with a double to lead the offense.
TREMPER 5, PARK 3: Claudia Gomez went 2 for 3 with an RBI in the Panthers’ Southeast Conference loss to Kenosha Tremper at the Park Bowl.
Damaris Estrada and Alexis Talbert each had an RBI for Park (5-10, 3-7 SEC).
MARTIN LUTHER 2, RACINE LUTHERAN 0: Crusaders freshman pitcher Kat Schmierer was the victim of hard luck, losing a Metro Classic Conference game at Greendale despite allowing just five hits.
“This was tough because only one ball left the infield and they had two infield hits that helped them score in the fourth inning,” Lutheran coach Becky Demuth said. “We could not get out bats going to score when we needed.”
Schmeirer struck out three and walked one for the Crusaders (7-10, 4-7 MCC).
UNION GROVE 2, WESTOSHA CENTRAL 0: Coming off the bench, freshman Adrianna Rodriguez scored to provide the second-half spark the Broncos needed for a Southern Lakes Conference victory at Union Grove.
The Broncos (9-0-2, 5-0 SLC) were kept off the scoreboard until the 72nd minute, which Broncos coach Sean Jung attributed to a “handful of really impressive saves” by the Falcons’ goalkeeper and his team’s offensive miscues.
“We were on the struggle bus close to the goal tonight,” said Jung, who then turned to the reserves in frustration.
The move paid off when Rodriguez finished off a corner kick, followed by an Alexa Panyk goal 10 minutes later. Mia Guyton made four saves in goal for Union Grove, which lost standout Megan Barber in the 15th minute to what Jung called a hamstring injury.
WATERFORD 3, DELAVAN-DARIEN 1: Despite playing shorthanded for the final 40 minutes of a Southern Lakes Conference match at Delavan, the Wolverines broke a tie with a pair of second-half goals.
After Hailey Huckstorf put Waterford ahead first in the 13th minute, the Comets countered to even the score 1-1. After the break, a red card issued to Lizzy Schappel left the Wolverines (8-4-1, 2-3 SLC) down a player.
“It kind of woke us up a bit,” said Waterford coach Rob Blascoe, whose team got goals from Kenzie Malecki and Joy French 10 minutes apart.
In goal, Skyler Kruse contributed four saves.
PARK 3, ZION BENTON 3: Trailing 2-0 going into the second half, Park scored three unanswered goals and tied a nonconference match against Zion Benton, Ill., at Pershing Park.
Freshman Alexis Betker had another multi-goal game for the Panthers (6-5-1) with two goals. She has scored in all but two of Park's matches this season. Freshman Mikayla Smith contributed a goal and two assists, bringing her assist total to 12.
Park freshman goalkeeper Genesis Thompkins had nine saves.
MARTIN LUTHER 5, RACINE LUTHERAN 1: Britt Bertermann got the lone goal for the Crusaders off of a free kick in the 70th minute and Lexie Thomas had three saves.
Lutheran (2-7-1, 0-5 MCC) trailed 1-0 at halftime.