The Portage softball team continued its strong form as of late Friday night, cruising past Appleton Fox Valley Lutheran in its first game of the 34th annual Poynette Jamboree.
The Warriors scored the final 16 runs of the game, including 10 in the third inning, to finish off the Foxes 16-1 in three innings at Kiwanis Field. Portage pounded out 15 hits and scored at least seven runs in its sixth consecutive victory.
Fox Valley Lutheran (9-5) took a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning but it was all Portage after that. The Warriors (10-4) tied things up with a run in the bottom of the opening frame before pushing across five in the home half of the second on six hits to seize a commanding 6-1 lead.
Portage kept the foot on the gas, pummeling seven hits in the third on its way to scoring 10 runs, including a two-run single by junior Anna Kratz and a two-run triple by junior Katelyn Belleau.
Portage had five girls with multiple hits, led by junior Brianna Brandner, who went 4-for-4. Belleau and Kratz each added a pair of hits and four RBIs, while senior Olivia Limmex went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and junior McKenzie Brown went 2-for-2.
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Senior Joia Simonson got the complete game win, striking out five while giving up the lone earned run on four hits and a walk. Portage will look to keep things going Saturday when it takes on Rice Lake at 9 a.m. before battling Luxemburg-Casco, an honorable mention selection in Division 2 in the latest WFSCA rankings, at 11 a.m.
PORTAGE 16, APPLETON FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN 1 (3)
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Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — FVL: Folskett (L; 2.1-13-9-0-1), Hanson (0.2-2-0-3-0). Por: Simonson (W; 3-4-1-1-5).
Leading Hitters — FVL: Birling 2x2. 2B — Folskett, Birling. Por: Brandner 4x4, Belleau 2x4, Limmex 2x3, Brown 2x2, A. Kratz 2x3. 2B — Limmex. 3B — Belleau.