Will Dudley got it done for the Racine Lutheran-Prairie high school baseball team Tuesday.
With the LPs down 1-0 to Metro Classic Conference rival Whitefish Bay Dominican heading into the sixth inning, the sophomore dealt a decisive blow by hitting a hard single up the middle to drive in two runs and give Lutheran-Prairie a 2-1 victory at Horlick Field.
The hit was Dudley’s only one in the game in three at-bats, but he definitely made his one hit count for Lutheran-Prairie (1-1).
“Dudley came up with two on, and with two strikes on him he delivered for us with an absolute missile up the middle to drive in our two runs,” LPs coach Bob Mallwitz said.
Teddy May (1-1) got the pitching victory, throwing 6 2/3 solid innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out four.
“It was just another great and gutsy performance from May, something we’ve all come to expect from him over the years,” Mallwitz said.
BURLINGTON 5, BADGER 0: It was another strong pitching performance for the Demons as they held the Badgers to just four hits in this Southern Lakes Conference win at Lake Geneva.
The Demons (2-0, 1-0 SLC) got a dominating performance from starter Trey Krause (1-0) as he went five innings, giving up two hits and struck out nine. Trent Turzenski pitched the final two innings, striking out three.
Burlington had 10 hits and got more men on base with seven walks.
Tucker Strommen, Dale Damon and Turzenski all had two hits apiece, with Strommen leading the way with two RBIs.
Jason Adams, Joe Tully and Riley Palmquist each drove in single runs for the Demons.
WATERFORD 10, DELAVAN-DARIEN 3: The Wolverines had 12 hits on the way to a Southern Lakes Conference victory at Delavan-Darien.
Jake Mittelstaedt was the driving force for Waterford’s offense, going 2 for 3 with four RBIs. Zach Stiewe got his first win of the season after pitching four innings, giving up only three hits and striking out two.
WILMOT 4, UNION GROVE 1: The Broncos managed only two hits as they lost their Southern Lakes Conference opener at Wilmot.
Union Grove (2-1 overall) was kept off balance all night, coach Nate Meyer said, as the Broncos struck out nine times and could not get the bats going.
Todd Manteufel Jr. and Guy DeCheck had the lone hits for the Broncos with DeCheck scoring the run.
Luke Hansel (1-1) took the loss, going four innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out five.
BRADFORD 8, CASE 0: Seth Sanchez got the only hit for the Eagles (0-5 overall) with a single in the fifth inning to break up a no-hitter at Kenosha in their Southeast Conference opener.
MARTIN LUTHER 14, ST. CATHERINE’S 4: A seven-run first inning proved to be too much to overcome for the Angels in a Metro Classic Conference game at Greendale.
St. Catherine’s (0-2, 0-1 MCC) was led offensively by Anthony Schiro, who went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
BURLINGTON 7, UNION GROVE 6: The Demons scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on to beat the Broncos at Union Grove in the Southern Lakes Conference opener for both teams.
Josie Klein led the way for Burlington (2-1) in pitching and hitting. She went six innings in the circle, striking out six and walking one, and also went 3 for 3 with a double, a two-run home run and four RBIs.
Union Grove (0-2) was led by Abygail Boyle and Lauren Nelson, who each drove in two runs. Kayli Pfeffer got the loss in relief.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 16, SHORELAND LUTHERAN 0: The Lady Toppers scored 16 runs on 13 hits off Lady Pacers’ emergency starter Victoria Miller in a four-inning Metro Classic Conference victory at Congress Street Park in Burlington.
Shoreland’s scheduled starter, Kelsey Hill, was struck in the face by a ball thrown from left field during warmups, Catholic Central coach Bill Greskiw said. Hill led Shoreland to a 19-1 record last year. Greskiw said Hill was expected to be OK.
Sydney Robson had a big game with her arm and her bat for Catholic Central (1-1), pitching a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and also going 4 for 4 with a double, triple and five RBIs.
Christina Paleka, the leadoff hitter, nearly matched Robson, going 3 for 3 with two triples, a double and five RBIs.
ST. JOSEPH 9, RACINE LUTHERAN 8: The Crusaders battled the entire game, but came up just short at UW-Parkside in Lutheran’s Metro Classic Conference opener.
The Crusaders (1-3 overall) took a 3-2 lead after the first inning before the Lancers took a lead in the fourth inning. The Crusaders came back in the seventh inning, scoring four runs to take an 8-6 lead, but timely hitting from the Lancers led to three runs in the bottom of the seventh for the victory.
Lynnae Newell led the Crusaders with three hits and an RBI, and Alexis Peterson and Mac Burns had two RBIs apiece. Lutheran pitcher Kathryn Schmierer (1-3) went seven innings and struck out eight.
WESTOSHA CENTRAL 5, WATERFORD 1: The ball wasn’t bouncing the Wolverines way in a loss at Paddock Lake in their Southern Lakes Conference opener.
Megan Funk went the distance for Waterford (2-1 overall), striking out three and walking four.
FRANKLIN 11, PARK 1: The Panthers were held to two hits in their Southeast Conference opener at the Park Bowl.
Alexis Talbert singled in the Panthers’ only run, in the fifth inning. Samm Cuellar had the other hit for Park (1-1 overall).
OAK CREEK 14, CASE 4: After taking the lead early, the Eagles weren’t able to hold it against Southeast Conference opponent Oak Creek at Case.
Jessica Mudge had the only RBI for the Eagles.
SAINT THOMAS MORE 22, ST. CATHERINE’S 12: The Angels showed some late life in their Metro Classic Conference opener, scoring 12 runs in the fifth inning in a loss at Milwaukee.
The late offensive barrage by St. Catherine’s (0-3 overall) was kick-started by Summer and Samantha DeGuire, with Summer driving in three runs and Samantha driving in two.