A showdown in the Woodland Conference East Division looms, and the Greenfield softball team is certainly heading into it with plenty of momentum.
The Hustlin' Hawks won six of seven games last week, including victories over Germantown, Homestead, New Berlin West and Muskego — all of who are contending for conference championships.
Greenfield is headed toward another meeting with Whitnall at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, on the Falcons' home field.
Whitnall came into this week at 10-0 in the Woodland, one-half game ahead of the Hawks (10-1). The Falcons tipped Greenfield, 1-0, earlier this season as Sarah Bauer outdueled Bella Matthias in a tense battle of pitching aces.
More of the same will probably be on tap in the rematch, and the Woodland East championship will certainly be on the line.
Hawks shade West
Last week, the Hawks tipped New Berlin West, 1-0, on May 4, with Matthias tossing a two-hitter, striking out 15 and walking one.
She also collected two hits of her own and scored the lone run of the contest when she was driven in by Kaylan Biersack in the top of the fifth inning. Greenfield managed seven hits off West ace Cheyenne Sowinski.
Greenfield then took on some perennial powers in the Germantown Tournament on May 7 and swept all three to claim the championship.
The Hawks topped Homestead, 9-3, behind the solid pitching of Alyssa Vilkoski, who allowed five hits in five innings and struck out eight.
Matthias went 3-for-3, including a triple, and drove in three runs; Biersack went 2-for-3; and Olivia Kelly went 2-for-4 to lead the attack.
Greenfield tipped Muskego, 6-5, building a 6-0 lead and then hanging on as the Warriors tallied five runs in the seventh inning.
Maria Montemayor had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs; Vilkoski doubled and brought in another; and Amanda Polachek also had two hits. Matthias gave up five hits and fanned 15 to get the victory.
The Hawks then topped Germantown, 9-4, in the tournament championship contest. Again, Greenfield took a big early lead of 9-0 and then saw the Warhawks come back a bit in the seventh.
Kelly was 2-for-3 with a double and four runs batted in; Matthias 3-for-4; and Hannah Ruffert 2-for-4. Matthias struck out 11 in five innings before being relieved by Paige Kowalewski.
Matthias blanks Cudahy
In other Woodland Conference action, the Hawks blanked Cudahy, 5-0, on May 5, with Matthias throwing a one-hitter with 16 strikeouts and two walks. Kelly homered for Greenfield, which took a 3-0 lead after one inning.
The Hawks routed Pewaukee, 18-1, on May 3. Polachek was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs; Kelly 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs; Vilkoski 2-for-3 with a double; and Matthias 2-for-4 with a triple. Montemayor, Lexi Vilkoski and Hayley Hoedel each drove in two runs.
Alyssa Vilkoski earned the victory, allowing one hit with six strikeouts and no walks in five frames.
Greenfield fell to Greater Metro Conference leader Menomonee Falls, 1-0, on May 6, with Matthias allowing two hits and striking out nine. Polachek and Alyssa Vilkoski each had hits for Greenfield, which came into this week at 17-3 overall.