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Pulaski hits two home runs in first, defeats Jaguars

By Josh Staloch

PULASKI – The Pulaski softball team got off to a hot start Tuesday, June 1, at Betty Van Lannen field against Ashwaubenon.

Ashlyn Szymanski and Peighton Agamaite each homered in the opening inning to kickstart a 6-2 Fox River Classic Conference victory over the Jaguars.

The game went five innings before a rainstorm ended the action.

“When we come ready to play, we can play with anyone,” Pulaski head coach Billi Jo Vertz said. “We’re trying to build and get better every game. We’re starting to show flashes of that – we just need to stay consistent.”

Following Szymanski’s solo bomb to left to begin the scoring, Gabrielle DeCleene earned a walk off Ashwaubenon starter Olivia Zabel.

Agamaite then blasted a home run to center for a 3-0 lead.

Pulaski starter Morgan Vertz kept the Jaguars off the scoreboard for the first two innings, but the third proved a bit trickier.

Korrin VanLannen used a sharp eye to earn a walk with one away.

Anna Wendorf then doubled to score VanLannen from first to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Both Zabel and Vertz retired their fourth-inning opponents in order.

The top of the fifth, looking like the top of the third, saw Madyson Rothe work the count against Vertz for a one-out walk.

The Red Raiders starter took care of the next batter she faced, but then Wendorf did it again by hitting a single through the infield to bring in Rothe from second base.

With her team’s lead cut to 3-2, Pulaski’s Brynn Egnarski led off the bottom of the fifth with a single.

Szymanski then hit a grounder (forcing Egnarski at second), but she arrived safely at first due to a high throw on the double-play attempt.

DeCleene then connected for a single to put runners on first and second before Agamaite crushed a shot down the right-field line for a triple to score both runners.

Agamaite scored moments later when Meghan Molthen brought her home on a sacrifice.

Ashwaubenon got off to a nice start in the sixth when Morgan Jarvi led off with a well-hit single, but then the sky opened up and ended the night.

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