LACROSSE | Kouts showed good patience at the plate in Wednesday’s contest against Covenant Christian, and that has the Fillies one win from the school’s second softball sectional title.
The Fillies drew nine walks to go along with eight hits in beating the Knights 14-4 in five innings in a Class A sectional semifinal.
Kouts will play Morgan Township in Friday’s championship game.
The Fillies (9-13), who scored in four of five innings, scored four runs in the first on just one hit. Kouts took advantage of three walks, an error, a passed ball and three wild pitches to plate the four runs.
“The girls had to make sure they were patient at the plate and hit their pitches and not get too overanxious,” said Kouts coach Tim McNeill.
Kylie Bruce and Emma Leatherman hit back-to-back, two-out doubles in the second to drive in three runs and make it 7-0.
Emily Kolb drilled a bases-clearing double to left as part of a five-run third to push the Kouts lead to 12-0.
“They took advantage of the situation when it was time to hit,” McNeill said. “If the pitch was there, they went for it.”
Kaylee Heimberg ended the game with a two-run double in the fifth. Heimberg had two hits and drove in three for Kouts.
Leatherman and Bruce each had two hits as well for the Fillies.
Sydney Vander Tuin and Renae Buiter each had two-run singles in a four-run fourth for the Knights (5-10), who had a four-win improvement over last season.
“Considering where they are this year from last year, it’s night and day,” Covenant Christian coach Doug Robertson said. “We’ll keep building from this day forward.”
Bruce posted five strikeouts and allowed two hits in four innings to get the win.