Kylie McInerney singled in two runs in the sixth inning to lift Cedarburg to a 7-5 victory over Whitefish Bay on April 18 in a North Shore Conference softball game.
The game was tied at 4-4 going into the top of the sixth when McInerney came through with a two-run single to give the Bulldogs a 6-4 advantage and eventually their first victory of the season against one loss.
The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Jade Sonsalla tripled and scored on an infield single by Allison Jessup.
Bay scored in the bottom of the seventh inning but pitcher Jenny Nimtz struck out Ava Alt to end the game.
The Bulldogs jumped ahead in the first inning when Morgan Wallace singled and Alli Leair belted a two-run home run to centerfield for a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Dukes took a 4-3 lead into the fifth inning, when Cedarburg tied the game when Jessup walked, advanced on a bunt by Grace Vornsand and came home on a tight play at the plate after a groundout from Wallace.
Nimtz posted the victory, allowing 10 hits, striking out six and walking one. Leair and McInerney both drove in two runs and Wallace had two hits and one RBI.
Co-coach Mark Jessup is looking for improvement this season.
"The talent is there for us to be competitive in every game," he said. "It all starts with the girls believing in themselves and having confidence. We are very excited to see what the team can do."