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North beats South for fourth straight softball win

North (left) and South shake hands after their softball game on Tuesday. – Photo by Katie Goebel

A 10-run inning shows how well the Sheboygan North softball team is playing.

The Golden Raiders did it in the fifth inning Tuesday to beat Sheboygan South, 15-3, in five innings.

They have won their last four games by a combined score of 34-9 after losing three in a row by a total of 19-4.

“As a team, we are just starting to realize how talented a group we are,” North coach Chris Lenz said. “We just need to work on our focus at the beginning of the game and not wait until halfway through to turn it on.”

North held a 5-1 lead after the first two innings and increased it to 15-1 after the fifth to improve to 6-3 in the Fox River Classic Conference (and overall).

“We’re doing a lot of the little things right and things are going our way,” Lenz said. “The weather has been a challenge so far this spring, but we are prepared for the tough stretch of our schedule coming up. We are all looking forward to see the potential of this team.”

North’s Ashley Thaves drove in four runs on two hits, including a double, and teammate Talia Lackershire drove in three runs, scored three times and also doubled as part of her two hits.

Golden Raiders’ pitcher Ally Wagner struck out six and allowed six hits in five innings.

“We don’t really have one true leader on this team,” Lenz said. “Everyone has taken their turn as the leader and stepped up. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a four-year letterwinner, everyone on this team has an equal responsibility in the success of this program.”

South, which lost, 19-4, to North on April 9, is 0-7 in the league (0-9 overall).

“North played well and took advantage of their opportunities, especially on the offensive side of the ball,” South coach Kelly Dohse said. “Our girls played hard and did not quit. We still have plenty of things to work on offensively and defensively, but saw some very positive things to build on.”

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