Woepse Hits Home Run on Senior Day
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (20-21, 7-13 HL) softball team wrapped up its three game series against Valparaiso (30-18-1, 13-7 HL) Sunday at Ben Garot Field falling 10-5 to the Crusaders in the rubber game. Before the game Green Bay fans honored the senior class of Katie Cooney (East Moline, Ill.), Sara Junion (Egg Harbor, Wis.) and Kendra Woepse (Manitowoc, Wis.) for their dedication to the Green Bay softball program.
Valpo opened up the scoring in the first inning of play scoring two runs with two outs. The first came off an RBI single to right field while the second was scored off an RBI single to center field. The Crusaders closed the half inning with two runs off three hits and one error while stranding two runners.
Green Bay was able to load the bases in the bottom of the second after Alli Rivera (Geneseo, Ill.) and Paige Newtols (Green Bay, Wis.) were both hit by a pitch and Shannon Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) walked. Crusaders' pitcher Alex Lagesse battled back on the mound stranding all three Phoenix runners to end the inning.
With one out in the top of the third the Crusaders added three runs off an RBI double to right field and an RBI sac fly to boost its lead to 5-0.
Rivera had Green Bay's first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, leading off the Phoenix with her fifth home run of the season with a shot over the center field fence. Cooney followed up with her second hit of the series, putting her alone on top of Green Bay's individual career record list with 168 hits. In the inning Green Bay scored one run on two hits, cutting Valpo's lead to 5-1.
Valpo matched Green Bay's home run leading off the fifth with a shot over center field by Jordan Rutkowski to boost the Crusaders' lead to 6-1. Valpo finished the half inning scoring two runs off three hits to lead 7-1.
Amanda Pozolinski (Appleton, Wis.) led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left field before Junion also singled to left with one out. With two outs on the board, Rivera hit an RBI single to right field scoring Pozolinski to make it 7-2. Green Bay closed the inning with three hits while stranding two runners.
With one out in the top of the sixth Valpo's Sadie Conner hit a three-run homer to right center field to go up 10-2. The Crusaders posted its three runs on two hits while stranding one runner thanks to an Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) strike out to end the inning for Valpo.
Woepse hit her single season best fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run shot over the right field fence, scoring Newtols and Jessica Hrncar (Bristol, Wis.) who was pinch running for Butts. Green Bay closed the innings with three runs off three hits to cut the Crusaders lead in half (10-5).
The Crusaders retired the side to win the series with a 10-5 victory over the Phoenix.
Rivera went 2-for-3 behind the plate with two RBIs to lead Green Bay while Cooney pitched four innings while striking out two batters.Green Bay will head to Madison Wednesday, April 4 to play in-state rival Wisconsin in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.