Bella Matthias left some pretty tough shoes to fill for the Greenfield softball team, but Alyssa Vilkoski seems to be stepping into them.
Matthias finished her Greenfield career with 54 victories and over 1,000 strikeouts before moving on to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she threw a no-hitter in her first start.
Vilkoski, a junior, was the backup pitcher for Matthias and compiled some fine stats in her own right. Last season, she went 6-1 with an earned-run average of 0.98 and 41 strikeouts in 29 innings.
Now it is her turn on the main stage, and so far, she is putting together a fine performance.
Vilkoski started the season on March 23 with a no-hitter and 13 strikeouts in a five-inning 16-0 romp over Shorewood.
She also belted a three-run double to help the offense. Junior Taylor Johnson reached base five times, junior Regan Schultz brought in three runs and senior Lexi Vilkoski also drove in three runs.
One day later, Alyssa Vilkoski tossed a four-hitter and struck out 17 in a 4-0 triumph over Cudahy. She also lined a two-run home run in the first inning, sending Greenfield on its way to the victory.
Schultz also brought in one run for the Hawks, who added single runs in the third and fourth.
Greenfield went 23-4 last season, including 15-1 to win the Woodland Conference East Division by one game over Whitnall.
Those two rivals were set to meet on March 28, weather permitting. Last season, the Falcons beat Greenfield early in the campaign, but the Hawks came back to down Whitnall late in the year.
Greenfield is then scheduled to be off until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, when it takes on South Milwaukee at Konkel Park.