The Lake Mills L-Cats and the Johnson Creek Bluejays both put on impressive hitting displays on Saturday in two high-scoring games. Ava Kleinfeldt started the scoring in the second inning by driving in two runs on a single. The cats followed up with 7 runs in the 3rd inning. Kleinfeldt and freshman Payton Quest both doubled in the inning to lead the charge. Avery Chilson earned the victory throwing 6 innings and allowing 7 runs on ten hits and striking out 7 batters. Ava Kleinfeldt picked up the save throwing the final three outs striking out two. Johnson Creek's Swanson was the losing pitcher and Lisa Wagner was their leading hitter at 2x2.
Lake Mills started slow in the second game, being down 6-2 through 4 innings. But their bats exploded in the 5th inning with 8 hits including a Grand Slam by Taylor Wollin. Belle Topel followed up in 6th with a two run homer. In all, the Cats blistered 15 hits in the game. Haydenn Sellnow (4x5) and Payton Quest (3x4) led the way offensively. Ava Kleinfeldt notched the win allowing 6 runs on 6 hits striking out 3 and walking one. Tammy Walk took the loss for Johnson Creek allowing 13 runs on 15 hits and struck out three. Carla Buding led the Blue Jay bats going 2x4.
"Our competitive maturity grew today and our girls learned the value of intentionally choosing to play with positive energy. Our big 5th inning came right on the heels of a mid-inning reminder of that focused energy and they really responded. I'm proud of our composure when the pressure was on. Whenever Creek threatened us or even when we were behind, there was absolutely zero panic by our girls. They knew what they had to do and they went out and did it. We gave Creek a few more opportunities defensively than we are used to, but our aggressive bats saved the day today."
Lake Mills travels to Poynette for a big Capitol North matchup with the Pumas on Tuesday.