Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


April 23, 2014

Altamont downs Charleston 6-2

Ohnesorges' runs help push Indians to win

CHARLESTON — At least it’s the last year of the Ohnesorges for Altamont’s opponents.

That’s the sister duo of Madison and Lauren that have been top athletes at Altamont High School. The pair produced once again in a 6-2 win over Charleston at Karch Field.

Madison Ohnesorge had a RBI double, while Lauren Ohnesorge had a two-run single in fifth inning to break the game open.

“Lauren picked me up in that last inning,” said Altamont coach John Niebrugge. “I didn’t send Madison on the first one, so it was second and third. It was the case of a big time player making a big time hit.”

The Indians roughed up Charleston starter Amanda Fuller, who has had a rough couple of starts. The team has had to rely on the senior mightily lately due to an injury to second pitcher, Peyton Craft.

“Her velocity was up today,” said Charleston coach Blain Mayhall. “She made a couple of mistakes. We told her to stay down, and she elevated one, and good hitters will make you pay. Other than that, you have to keep runs down against q quality pitcher and we didn’t do that.”

Altamont’s start to the game began with a walk drawn from Madison Ohnesorge.

The senior stole second and scored on a one-out single by Deidre Ledbetter. Fuller was able to get Lauren Ohenesorge to ground out on the following at bat.

But Lauren White then sailed a two-run home run to cap off abig first inning.

Charleston was able to score two in the third inning. Paige Wilson led of with a single.

Ledbetter recorded two straight outs, but could not keep Katherine Kennedy from knocking a two-run home run to center field.

Another three-run inning was key for Altamont. Alex Teasley led off with a double. Fuller was able to strike out Audrey Winters, but Madison Ohnesorge capitalized with the double. Brooke Burns was retired, but Ledbetter kept the inning alive with a single.

That’s when the sister, Lauren, knocked in two runs to give Ledbetter some insurance on the mound.

“Lauren picked me up for my lack of coaching there,” said Niebrugge.

It was just another case of another big hit allowed with two outs.

“You can’t give other teams outs,” said Mayhall. “They are a defensive quality team. I think they are ranked in the state. It was nice to see some pitching like that as we head into our conference schedule.”

Ledbetter pitched the complete game, allowing just one hit the rest of the game and striking out 10 Lady Trojans.

“With the home run, it was a bad riseball that that didn’t spin too much,” said Niebrugge. “You can’t do that to a three hitter. Other than that, she didn’t make too many mistakes. Her changeup was working. We expect that from Deidre. White called a great game behind the plate.”

Altamont improved to 11-3 on the season while Charleston fell to 9-4.

Altamont     300     030     0     6 8 0

Charleston     002     000     0     2 6 2

WP - Ledbetter (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 10 K, 0 BB) LP - Fuller (7 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 K, 2 BB)

Altamont: M. Ohnesorge (1-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB); Ledbetter (2-4, RBI, 2 R); White (1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R); Phillips (1-3, 3B, RBI); Tharp (1-3, 2B); Teasley (1-3, 2B)

Charleston: Cooley (1-3); Kennedy (1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R); O’Dell (2-3, 3B); Barr (1-3); Wilson (1-3, R)


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