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Coming into this season, Greenfield softball coach Jack Miller was not certain how strong his team's offense would be.

"Our hitting was somewhat of a question mark," Miller said, "but we've actually hit the ball well."

The Hustlin' Hawks were solid at the bat in the prestigious Wilmot Tournament on April 22, rapping out 13 hits in an 8-4 triumph over Menomonee Falls and 14 more in a 10-4 victory over Kenosha Tremper.

Their lone loss came at the hands of a talented Carmel Catholic team from Illinois, 5-3.

Against Falls, Alyssa Vilkoski went 3-for-4 with a double, Taylor Johnson 3-for-4 and Hayley Hoedel 2-for-4 with a run batted in for the Hawks. Jessica Cheske, Paige Kowalewski, Regan Schultz and Hannah Ruffert each brought in one run.

Vilkoski picked up the victory, allowing six hits and striking out seven in a complete game.

In the Tremper game, Vilkoski went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, Johnson 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, Hoedel 3-for-4 with an RBI and Schultz 2-for-2 with a double and RBI, and Ruffert drove in one run.

Vilkoski again pitched the game, giving up nine hits, striking out five and walking none.

Johnson collected two hits and two RBIs in the loss to Carmel and Vilkoski pitched admirably, allowing five hits and fanning nine.

For the tournament, Johnson and Vilkoski both went 7-for-11.

Vilkoski continued her solid pitching for the season.

"She has a variety of pitches," Miller said. "She has a good changeup, two drop balls, a riseball and a fastball, so she has five legitimate pitches."

The fielding behind her has been decent, Miller said, but needs to improve.

"We actually have to field the ball this year," he said. "Bella (Matthias, the ace of the past three seasons) would strike out 16 a game. Our fielding has been okay, but we have to shore up the defense, no doubt about it."

Greenfield has a different look this season, and not just because of the graduation of Matthias.

"We have only three girls at the same position as last year," Miller said, "Johnson at catcher, Ruffert at first base and Amanda Polachek in the outfield. Hoedel took over at shortstop for Alyssa and a freshman, Allison Mech, is playing third base."

The Hawks, who improved to 6-2 overall, face a big slate this week, highlighted by a Woodland Conference meeting with rival Whitnall at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, on the road.

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