Cooney Has Career-Record Hit in Doubleheader Split Against Valpo
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (20-20, 7-12 HL) softball team hosted Valparaiso (29-18-1, 12-7 HL) in its final home series of the season Saturday at Ben Garot Field. The Phoenix opened with 2-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader before being shut out 12-0 in the second game.
Game 1 - Valpo 1, Green Bay 2 - After a great defensive battle throughout the first three and a half innings of play, Green Bay scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Phoenix the 2-0 lead. Shannon Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) hit an RBI double to left field scoring Danielle Peerenboom (Appleton, Wis.) and Jessica Hrncar (Bristol, Wis.), who was pinch running for Katie Cooney (East Moline, Ill.). Cooney's single to right field tied her on top of the individual career record list with 167 hits.
With two outs in the fifth, Sara Junion (Egg Harbor, Wis.) hit her first triple of the season with a long shot to the center field fence before being stranded on base to end the inning with the 2-0 Phoenix advantage.
The Crusaders scored its only run of the contest with two outs in the top of the sixth with an RBI single to left field.
In addition to her career-tying hit in the fourth, Cooney pitched her 15th complete game of the season while striking out seven batters.
Game 2 - Valpo 12, Green Bay 0 (5 INN) - The Crusaders scored first in the second inning with four runs on four hits and one error. Valpo's first run came off a home run over the left field fence. After a single up the middle, Green Bay picked off the runner trying to steal second before Valpo hit another home run to left field making the score 2-0. With two outs, the Crusaders scored two runs on a dropped fly ball to center field to boost its lead to 4-0 before the end of two innings of play.
With two outs in the top of the third, Valpo hit its third home run of the contest, this time over the right field fence to increase its lead to 6-0.
Green Bay's lone hit of the contest came in the bottom of the third with a leadoff single to left field by Hrncar.
The Phoenix defense stranded three runners in the top of the fourth to hold the Crusaders scoreless before they added six runs off five hits and one error in the fifth including a three-run homer to left field, sealing the 12-0 victory.The rubbermatch between Green Bay and Valpo will be played Sunday at 10 a.m. at Ben Garot Field. Before the contest the Phoenix will honor seniors Katie Cooney (East Moline, Ill.), Sara Junion (Egg Harbor, Wis.) and Kendra Woepse (Manitowoc, Wis.).