Because the weather has been so awful for softball and other spring sports recently, Oak Creek took extra time and care in prepping the East Middle School field for its rivalry showdown against Franklin on April 11.
And that extra work paid off for the Knights as they dominated the young but talented Sabers, 8-1, to improve to 2-0 in Southeast Conference play.
Before heading off for spring break, the Knights made it two for two on the week with a 12-5 nonconference victory over Greendale on April 13 to improve to 3-0 overall.
"We were going to play that game one way or another," said Oak Creek coach Jeff Trask of the Franklin contest.
The Knights will look to have close to a full roster back when they hit off to Wilmot on Saturday, April 22, for a high-powered three-game tournament.
"Hopefully the weather allows us to get those games in, so we can see how we measure up against some of the top teams in the state," said Trask.
The Knights beat Franklin on the strength of a six-run first inning. Tori Golden had two doubles in the frame and Peyton Strong had a two-out, two-run single. Jenna Trewyn had a huge game with two hits and five RBI including a two-run homer in the sixth.
Golden finished with three hits. In all, eight Knights had hits.
Becca Oleniczak got the win, scattering four hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Against Greendale, the Knights overcame a harrowing situation when starting pitcher Sam Reineck got hit in the face by a line drive.
"Very scary moment (one of the worst things I've seen), as Sam had no time to react," said Trask. "Sam was eventually taken to the hospital, where she needed a significant number of stitches to close a gash above her eye. Fortunately, Sam will be fine and we hope to have her back to full speed in a few weeks.
Trask also praised sophomore Emma Ray for relieving Reineck and showing great composure in a shocking situation. Oleniczak got the win in relief with three innings pitched, including five strikeouts and no walks.
Oak Creek had 19 hits in the game and broke it open with a seven-run sixth, with Trewyn contributing a three-run double.
Oleniczak was dominant at the plate, as well, with five hits, two runs scored and two RBI, while Sarah Traxel had three hits, Trewyn two hits, two runs scored and three RBI, Erin Posig four hits, two runs scored and two RBI and Golden two RBI.
Trask praised Dakota Johnstone for a perfectly executed squeeze bunt to score a run in the first.
Overall, Trask is pleased with the way the team is responding. He said the team will have to show stamina in the coming weeks, given that the large number of rainouts have forced some tight rescheduling.
"We seem to be hitting the ball real well and have been doing a great job hitting with two strikes," he said. "We've also been able to put constant pressure on our opponents so far with everyone in our lineup, including our subs, showing they are capable of hitting the ball hard every at bat."