Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 13, 2014

Back-to-back champs: Altamont downs Stew-Stras/Windsor 3-1 for NTC title

ALTAMONT — Over the past few games, Altamont's Lauren Ohnesorge said she hadn't felt comfortable at the plate.

The senior first baseman picked a good time to get comfortable in the batter's box, driving in all three Indians runs as Altamont repeated as National Trail Conference tournament champions with a 3-1 win over Stew-Stras/Windsor.

Ohnesorge had an RBI single in the first to drive home Josie Phillips, and drove in Phillips and Deidre Ledbetter with a two-run triple in the third inning.

"I was just comfortable," Ohnesorge said. "I finally got it back today. It feels good, it's just another thing on our list of things we want to accomplish this season, so we're on the road to success."

That lead would hold up, as Stew-Stras/Windsor threatened multiple times but could only score once in the fourth inning, when Kendall Knop scored on an RBI groundout by Lindsay Burton.

The Comets had runners on second and third with one out in the fifth, only to see Katie Greuel strike out and Baylee Quast ground out to short.

Knop reached third with one out in the sixth, but Ledbetter got Burton to strike out looking and Kennedy Ferris to hit a chopper back to the mound.

"We had two times that got away," said Stew-Stras/Windsor coach Kyle Knop. "When you get a chance to put Deidre on the ropes, you've got to take advantage of it. She kept us from doing it the other two times."

Altamont coach John Niebrugge said his ace has shown that ability many times this season.

"When Deidre needs to buckle down, she can," he said.

It's the second NTC title in as many years for the Lady Indians after falling in the 2012 title game to Teutopolis.

The Indians defeated Stew-Stras/Windsor 4-1 earlier this month, and the Comets threw everything they had at the Indians, including stellar defensive play.

Shortstop Becca Schlechte and center fielder Madison Quast each had diving catches, right fielder Megan Cress made a tremendous lunging catch to save extra bases and third baseman Courtney Schultz speared an Ohnesorge liner with one out in the fifth and doubled up Ledbetter at first to end the inning unscathed.

"We've come out and played hard," Kyle Knop said. "The defense making those three or four big plays tonight was so big."

Madison Ohnesorge, Ledbetter and Lauren Ohnesorge all went 2-for-3 on the day, with Phillips scoring twice with a 1-for-3 day. Nikki Tharp was 1-for-2 with the Indians' lone other hit.

Ledbetter struck out eight in seven innings, allowing five hits and one run.

Knop had two of them, going 2-for-2 with a walk and run, while Bayleigh Tabor was 2-for-3 and Schultz was 1-for-3.

"We couldn't keep the Knop girl off the bases and she wreaked havoc with her speed," Niebrugge said. "That's a good hitting team, to keep them with three and four each time, it might be better to keep them to one."

In the circle for the Comets, Knop pitched the first four innings, Schlechte took the fifth and Knop re-entered in the sixth. He gave up six hits and three runs, striking out three.

Stew-Stras/Windsor is 18-5 and plays St. Elmo/Brownstown at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Altamont is now 22-4 on the season and hosts Dieterich today.

Stew-Stras/Windsor    000    100    0    1 5 2

Altamont    102    000    X    3 8 0

WP - Ledbetter (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 BB) LP - Knop (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB)

SS/W: Knop (2-2, R, BB, SB); Burton (0-3, RBI); Tabor (2-3); Schultz (1-3)

Altamont: M. Ohnesorge (2-3); Phillips (1-3, 2 R); Ledbetter (2-3, R); L. Ohnesorge (2-3, 3B, 3 RBI); Tharp (1-2)

 

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