The Windsor/Stew-Stras State Champion softball team (26-0-1) blew out St. Elmo on Monday, 15-0,. then was tested by Casey on Tuesday. It took an 8th-inning rally to get the victory, 5-3.
Casey-Westfield is know for girls softball. WSS was taking on an institution. Casey and W/SS are in the same sectional and will likely face each other again in the post season. In this game, WSS was without one of their aces, Calla Roney, and lead-off hitter Carson Cole.
The game went all the way to the 8th inning with a 2-2 tie. Casey had just tied the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th. However in the 8th, Casey cracked.
Maulding, the Casey starter had gone the distance. She gave up a lead-off walk to Hannah Hayes. Ava Bennett laid down a sac bunt and reached 1st on an error, which sent Hayes all the way around 3rd for the score and Bennett to 3rd for the lead, 3-2.
Megan Schlechte a fly ball, but Bennett couldn't score. Tabbert dittoed. Her sac fly did allow Bennett to tag and score, 4-2. WSS was not done. With two outs, Karlie Bean singled and Maddy Pfeiffer singled. Another Casey error allowed Bean to come around and score, 5-2.
Casey down 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th had to make up for their errors. Schlechte, who came on in relief in the 7th inning, rang up the first batter. Katrina Davis made a 3-unassisted play at 1st.
Casey, facing extinction, hit back-to-back doubles for a 5-3 score. Schlechte walked a batter. The opposing pitcher came to the plate. Schlechte struck her out swinging for the win.
The tragedy for Casey is that they only allowed 1 earned run and scored 3, but lost after allowing 4 unearned runs. Both teams managed just 5 hits, each, in 8 innings. Casey had 3 doubles and a home run, WSS had no extra-base hits and still won.
WSS got on the board right away. With one out in the 1st, Bennett walked and Schlechte singled. Mackenzi Tabbert sac bunted. Bennett scored, 1-0. Fast forward 3 innings.
With one out in the 4th, Tabbert singled and Bean singled getting Tabbert to 3rd on an error. Pfeiffer sac bunted and Tabbert was safe on the play at home. Trina Davis reached on a Casey error and the bases were loaded with one out. Maulding came through with two Ks.
Casey got on the board in the 5th. A doubled, a sac bunt, and a ground out got the run home, 2-1. mason tied the game with a lead-off home run in the Casey 7th, 2-2, setting up the 8th inning drama.
Windsor/Stew-Stras 5, Casey-Westfield 3
W/SS 100 100 03--5-5-1
C-Wd 000 010 11--3-5-4
WSS stats:H Hayes 0-for-3, BB, run; Bennett 0-for-1, 2 BBs, 2 runs; M Schlechte 1-for-4; Tabbert 1-for-2, run, 2 RBIs; Bean 2-for-4, run; Pfeiffer 1-for-4, RBI; Davis 0-for-3; Vonderheide 0-for-2 (A Schlechte 0-for-1); N Hayes 0-for-3. Pitching (W) Schlechte 1.6 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, BB, 4 Ks; (Starter) Bean 6.3 IP, 2 runs, 2 hits, BB, 5 Ks.
C-W stats: Gowin 0-for-4; H Mason 1-for-4, 2B, run; Mason 2-for-4, 2B, HR, run, 2 RBIs; Richarson 0-for-3, BB; Maulding 2-for-3, BB, 2B, run; Riggleman 0-for-1, 2 sac, ROE; Zachary 0-for-3, RBI; Braiser 0-for-3; Repp 0-for-3. Pitching (L) Maulding 8 IP, 5 runs (1 ER), 5 hits, 3 BBs, 9 Ks.
On Monday the Hatchets unleashed on St. Elmo, winning in 4 innings, 15-0.
Megan Schlechte threw a no-hitter, allowing one walk and hitting one batter, the only St. Elmo base runners. Schlechte also hit a grand slam, scored twice and drove in 5 runs.
She KO'd all three batters in the 1st. Cole led off the WSS 1st with a walk. Hannah hayes walked and Schlechte walked. Tabbert reached on an error and Cole scored. Hayes scored on an error on the throw, 2-0.
A line-out and a hit batter started the St. E 2nd. Schlechte threw a K and a ground out brought on the WSS explosion in the bottom of the 2nd.
With one out, Natalie Hayes, Cole, and Hannah Hayes walked. Schlechte came to the plate and blasted an inside-the-park grand slam home run, 6-0.
Tabbert singled and got to 3rd on a wild pitch. With two outs, Bean singled Tabbert in and Pfeiffer walked. Davis reached on an error, driving a run in. Natalie Hayes batted around and walked again. Cole walked again.
Hannah Hayes reached on an error driving in two more runs, 12-0. Schlechte walked and Tabbert singled two runs across, 14-0. WSS had 14 batters come to the plate in the 2nd.
St. Elmo struck out, flew out, walked and grounded out in the 3rd. Davis reached on an error with two outs in the WSS 3rd. St. E went in order in the 4th.
WSS was one run shy of a 15-run early dismissal. Cole led off with a single. Hannah Hayes reached on an error and Cole went to 3rd and Hayes to 2nd. Schlechte hit a grounder. Emma Gathe threw her out, but Cole scored on the walk-off win.
Windsor/Stew-Stras 15, St. Elmo 0
St. E 000 0--0-0-9
WSS 2(12)0 1--15-5-0
WSS stats: Cole 1-for-1, 3 BBs, 3 SB, 4 runs; H Hayes 0-for-2, 2 ROEs, 2 BBs, SB, 3 run; Schlechte 1-for-2, 2 BBs, SB, GS HR, 2 runs, 5 RBIs; Tabbert 2-for-2, sacf, ROE, run, 3 RBIs; Bennett 0-for-3; Bean 1-for-3, run, RBI; Pfeiffer 0-for-2, BB, run; Davis 0-for-3, 2 ROEs, run; N Hayes 0-for-1, 2 BBs, 2 runs. Pitching (W) Schlechte 4 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, BB, HBP, 6 Ks.
St E stats: Moss 0-for-1, BB. Wright 0-for-1, HBP. Pitching (L) Oberlink 3.3 IP, 15 run (5 ER), 5 hits, 10 BBs, 7 Ks.