No matter who was in the circle, the Whitefish Bay softball team was hard to hit at its own tournament.
Greta Wollmer, Abby Gunderson and Ava Alt did not allow a run and surrendered just eight total hits in three games to lead the Blue Dukes to the Whitefish Bay Tournament title. Whitefish Bay was also lethal at the plate, as it collected a 16-0 victory over Shorewood and a 26-0 rout of Pius XI before securing the championship with a 10-0 win over Nicolet.
The three wins capped a 4-2 week that pushed the Blue Dukes to 8-9 overall and 5-5 in the North Shore Conference.
Wollmer and Gunderson combined to throw a no-hitter against Shorewood. After Wollmer struck out five over three scoreless innings, Gunderson recorded two strikeouts over two innings to lock up the victory.
Whitefish Bay scored five runs in the first inning to quickly grab control. Gretchen Stock went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI, Sabrina Dornan was 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBI, Sophie Hess went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Makenna Wiencek finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
A 14-run third inning propelled the Blue Dukes against Pius. Alt didn't allow a hit and struck out three over three scoreless innings, and Gunderson pitched a scoreless frame.
Alt also had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBI. Hayden Nelson was 3-for-4, Cameil Bowler was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI and Sarah Spector hit two doubles and drove in a pair of runs. Hess, Oilvia Davis, Sofia Clark and Rachel Price each added two hits and Stock drove in three runs.
Wollmer capped a day of strong pitching by Whitefish Bay by tossing a six-inning shutout against Nicolet in the title game.
Leading 1-0, the Blue Dukes scored three runs in the third and three more in the fourth to blow the game open. Alt, Dornan and Stock all homered in the victory, with Stock going 2-for-2 with four RBI. Bowler went 3-for-4 and Hess and Spector both added two hits.
Whitefish Bay opened last week with an 11-0 loss to Grafton on May 2. The Blue Dukes bounced back for a 10-9 walkoff victory over Homestead on May 3 but dropped a 6-5 thriller to Cedarburg on May 4.
Trailing 7-0 to Homestead, Whitefish Bay pulled to within 7-3 before scoring five times in the fifth to grab an 8-7 lead. The Highlanders were down to their final out in the top of the seventh, when Ashley Wendt plated two runs with a single, putting Homestead up, 9-8.
Dornan led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, and Spector and Alt drew walks to load the bases. A strikeout and an infield fly left the Blue Dukes down to their last chance, but Wiencek came through, singling to center to score Dornan and Spector to win the game. Dornan finished the Homestead game 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Nelson and Hess each had two hits.
Nelson was 3-for-4, and Stock was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the loss to Cedarburg.