The Windsor/Stew-Stras Hatchets had just hammered St. Elmo in regular season play. On Monday, WSS (#1) picked up the hammer again in the NTC conference tourney. This time they beat St. Elmo in 5 innings, just 10-0.
Senior Megan Schlechte led the Hatchets from the circle and the plate along with freshman Karlie Bean. Schlechte threw a 2-hit, shutout and struck out 9 batters in 5 innings, while walking no one. Schlechte threw 1st pitch strikes to 13 of the 17 batters she faced.
Schlechte also hit 2-for-4, lasered a triple and scored twice. Bean hit 2-for-3 with a double, driving in 3 runs.
Schlechte gave up one of her two hits to the first batter she faced, then KO’d two batters for a scoreless St E 1st. Meanwhile, WSS got on the board quickly in the 1st.
Carson Cole gave WSS a lead-off single, as well. With one out, Schlechte singled and Mackenzi Tabbert was walked to load the bases. On a 3-1 pitch, Bean smacked a double, driving in two runs, 2-0.
In the Eagle 2nd, the other Eagle single was eliminated by a double play. Right fielder Maddy Pfeiffer caught a fly ball and threw to Katrina Davis at 1st to double off the runner. Schlechte rang up the next batter.
WSS went in order, including a line-out caught by shortstop Emma Gathe. St E had a player reach on an error in the 3rd, but a ground out and two Schlechte strikeouts ended that inning.
In the WSS 3rd, Schlechte blasted a 1-out triple. Tabbert reached on an infield error and Schlechte scored, 3-0. Tabbert got to 2nd, then Bean singled her home, 4-0. Ava Bennett walked, but was stranded. St. E went in order in the 4th on two ground outs and a K.
The Hatchets swung away in the 4th. Davis led off with a double and Cole walked. Hannah Hayes launched a 2-run triple, 6-0. After a line-out, Tabbert singled and Hayes scored, 7-0. With two outs, Bennett reached on a error in left field and got to 2nd as Tabbert scored, 8-0. Pfeiffer singled and Bennett scored, 9-0.
In the Eagle 5th, Schlechte struck out the sides, 3 batters on just 11 pitches. That set up the 5-inning, 10-run early dismissal.
With one out, Cole walked. She stole 2nd and Hayes walked. Schlechte hit a ground ball and reached on a walk-off error. Cole came around to score to pull the plug on the first round NTC tourney game.
WSS (27-0-1), the NTC #1 seed was set to play #4 seed Neoga on Wednesday. Neoga beat #5 seed Altamont, 7-6. In other NTC action, St. Anthony beat CHBC, 15-0 and South central beat Dieterich, 7-0. St. Anthony and South Central were also scheduled to play a semifinal on Wednesday. The title game is set for Friday.
Windsor/Stew-Stras 10, St. Elmo/Brownstown 0
St. E 000 00--0-2-4
WSS 202 51--10-9-1
WSS stats: Cole 1-for-2, 2 BBs, 2 SB, 3 runs; H Hayes 1-for-3, BB, 3B, run, 2 RBIs; M Schlechte 2-for-4, 3B, SB, ROE, 2 runs; Tabbert 1-for-2, BB, ROE, 2 runs, RBI; Bean 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Bennett 0-for-2, ROE, BB, run; Pfeiffer 1-for-3, FC, RBI; A Schlechte 0-for-3; Davis 1-for-3, 2B, run. Pitching (W) Schlechte 5 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks.
St E stats: Moss 1-for-2; M Nolen 0-for-2; Oberlink 0-for-2, FC; Maxey 0-for-2; Wright 1-for-2; Scholes 0-for-2; King 0-for-2; L Nolen 0-for-2, ROE; Gathe 0-for-1. Pitching (L) Oberlink 4.3 IP, 10 runs, 9 hits, 5 BBs, 5 Ks.