Whether pulling out close victories, pulling away with big rallies or simply blowing out foes from the start, the Whitnall softball team just continues to win.
The Falcons swept six games last week to improve to 9-0 in the Woodland Conference and 13-0 overall.
The week was typical of the season in that they won in different ways.
They opened with a crucial 10-7 victory over previously-unbeaten New Berlin West on April 26 in which they built a 9-1 lead and then held off a big Viking rally.
They used clutch hitting and pitching to nip Catholic Memorial, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game tournament on April 30 at Sheboygan North.
They routed their other foes, blanking Pewaukee, 17-0, on April 28 and Shorewood, 12-0, on April 29 in Woodland action and downing Fond du Lac, 17-3, and Sheboygan North, 16-0, with a five-inning perfect game from Sarah Bauer on April 30.
The biggest victory was over New Berlin West, which came into the contest at 8-0.
They took a 3-1 lead and then pushed across six runs in the fourth inning for a 9-1 advantage. West scored five in the sixth to come within 9-7, but the Falcons got an insurance run in the seventh and went on to win by three.
Mackenzie Sutton rapped a double and home run and drove in three runs, and Alex Cimler also homered and brought in three runs. Bauer picked up the victory, striking out 10 in six innings, and Cimler worked a scoreless seventh.
Whitnall 17, Pewaukee 0: Sutton went 3-for-4, including her third home run of the season, and brought in two runs; Nadalia Haita went 2-for-3 and drove in four runs; Hannah Gueller 2-for-3 with a triple; and Val Nowak 1-for-2 with a triple and three runs batted in for the Falcons.
Cimler had two hits and two RBIs, and Emily LaMonte, Kayla Jaskulski and Haley Wynn each had two hits.
Cimler posted her fifth pitching victory of the season.
Whitnall 12, Shorewood 0: Wynn pitched a one-hitter in five innings with 11 strikeouts. Wynn also tallied two hits and three RBIs; LaMonte two hits and an RBI; and Cimler two RBIs.
Whitnall 3, Catholic Memorial 2: The Falcons scored all their runs in the second inning when LaMonte doubled and went home on a single by Bauer; pinch-runner Jordyn Reszczynski tallied on a passed ball; and Nowak reached on an error and later came home.
Bauer pitched a complete game for her fifth victory of the season. She allowed five hits and struck out 10, working out of jams in the fifth and sixth innings.
'Memorial played great ball,' coach Tom Hickman said. 'We sneaked out with a victory but easily could have fallen if not for some timely hitting and pitching.'
Whitnall 17, Fond du Lac 3: The Falcons scored in every inning, highlighted by 10 runs in the third inning. Sutton went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, four RBIs and a stolen base, and Wynn 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base.
Cimler got the start and was relieved by Mackenzie Stafford, who threw three solid innings.
Whitnall 16, North 0: The Falcons met the host team for the tournament championship and dominated, with Bauer pitching a perfect five innings with 10 strikeouts.
'She was absolutely masterful,' Hickman said. 'She worked quickly and was extremely efficient with her pitches.'
The Falcons were up 2-0 heading into the fifth when they plated 14 runs on 12 hits, including three doubles, a triple and home run.
Sutton, LaMonte and Haita, the 4-5-6 hitters, went a combined 10-for-12 with three doubles, a triple, a home run (Haita), seven runs scored and 10 RBIs. Every starter had a hit in the game.
Up next: the Falcons play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Brown Deer and then travel to Poynette on May 7 to take on Stoughton and Westosha Central, rated second in the state.
They meet South Milwaukee at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at home, and challenge Greenfield at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, also at home, in a battle for first place in the Woodland East.
The Hustlin' Hawks fell to Whitnall, 1-0, earlier this season as Bauer outdueled Greenfield ace Bella Matthias. The Hawks trailed the Falcons by one game at 7-1 in the division coming into this week.