The biggest highlight of the last two weeks for the Madison College softball team isn’t its current four-game winning streak.
It’s not that they won three of those games by run-rule.
No, the biggest highlight is that the WolfPack upended long-time rival Rock Valley College, 5-1, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader on March 26.
Rock Valley College was the 2019 conference champ and is the six-time defending NJCAA Division III National Champion.
Freshman pitcher, Casey Fountain, held Rock Valley to just one run, and scored on a solo home run in the fifth inning that tied the game, 1-1.
But the bottom half of the fifth saw the WolfPack respond with four runs. Three of those runs scored on a one-out triple by Brianna Brandner. Katherine Brandl then singled to score Brandner and gave Madison College a decisive 5-1 lead.
Fountain pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on nine hits and three walks. She struck out nine batters.
The second game of the doubleheader looked like another close game, until Rock Valley scored four runs in the sixth inning and six runs in the seventh inning to claim an 11-0 victory.
In that game, the WolfPack was held to just two hits, both by Mia Noelker. Rock Valley, on the other hand, pounded out 14 hits against three different Madison College pitchers.
Madison College, now 9-1 overall, opens conference play on April 6 with a home doubleheader against Joliet Junior College.
Madison College 8, Heartland Community College 0
A four-hit shutout by Madison College pitcher Casey Fountain keyed an 8-0 fiving inning victory over Heartland Community College on March 30.
Fountain didn’t walk a batter a struck out three in her third win of the season.
Alisia Palms had a three-run home run and Brandner had a double to lead the Madison College hitters.
Madison College 21, Heartland Community College 6
Madison College scored 21 runs on 21 hits in the second game, putting things out of reach with a 12-run fourth inning to post a 21-6 win over Heartland in the second game on the March 30 doubleheader.
The offensive outburst featured home runs by Maddie Kvatek and Mallory Sterling, doubles by Katie Joten and Bella Williams and four hits by Fountain.
Sterling earned the victory, pitching 2-2/3 innings and allowing five runs on three hits. Lauren Steien got the save and allowed one run on two hits in 2-1/3 innings.
Madison College 15, Black Hawk College-Moline 5
Both Madison College and Black Hawk College exchanged punches in the first inning of their April 2 doubleheader, with each team scoring five runs.
But Black Hawk College never struck again, while the WolfPack put up two runs in the fourth inning and eight runs in the sixth inning for a 15-5 victory.
Brianna Brandner, Maddie Kvatek and Abby Luczak each had three hits as they accounted for nine of the team’s 15 hits. Kvatek and Luczak also both had triples.
Mallory Sterling earned the win, allowing five runs on three hits and three walks in six innings pitched.
Madison College 6, Black Hawk College-Moline 5
After taking a 5-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning, Madison College was forced to fight to hang on for a 6-5 as Black Hawk rallied late.
Abby Luczak and Grace Madeiros led Madison College with two hits each. Luczak drove in three of the WolfPack runs.
Lauren Steien pitched the win to improve her record to 2-1, while Fountain earned the save. Steien allowed five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.