Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 8, 2013

Ledbetter lifts Altamont to NTC title

BEECHER CITY -- With Altamont’s Deidre Ledbetter and Windsor’s Lindsay Floyd on the mound of Tuesday’s National Trail Conference tournament title, there was little margin for error. Two of the top pitchers in the conference, Ledbetter and Floyd put on a show for those in attendance, as Floyd struck out six while Ledbetter fanned twelve.

Each team struggled to solve the opposing pitcher, looking for any possible mistake to pounce and make the deciding move. Windsor made two of those costly plays, twice losing a pop fly in the sun. One dropped off a fielder’s glove in the third and the other fell harmlessly to the grass as two defenders tried to find the lost ball in the fourth, combining to allow three Indians to cross home plate.

The three runs were all the offense Altamont needed, and the Lady Indians rode Ledbetter to a complete-game shutout to win the NTC tournament title.

“A couple mistakes,” Windsor coach Brian Lee said of the two plays. “That’s what I told our girls. I said, ‘We have to play perfect. If we don’t, they’re going to take advantage.’”

The game started as a back-and-forth deal between the two pitchers, with Ledbetter keeping a perfect game going into the fourth and Floyd having allowed just three hits during the same stretch.

But the fourth frame proved to be the difference. Lauren White reached first on a walk, Floyd’s only of the game, and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice from Gabby Alwardt. Alex Teasley next stepped into the batter’s box with two outs, and skied a shot straight into right field. Windsor’s Kassy Strowmatt appeared to have the ball safely in her glove, but it wiggled out at the last second to allow White to score and give the Indians a 1-0 edge.

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