Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


April 13, 2013

Ledbetter, Alwardt push Indians past Eagles

ALTAMONT -- Diedre Ledbetter is not used to walking people. The Altamont ace hadn't walked a single batter in the Indians' previous eight games -- until Friday night against Newton. So for her to walk the leadoff batter, Emilee Johnson, was a sign that things might not be normal for Altamont. She surrendered a run in the first, when Johnson came around to score on a Brittany Fore RBI single, and runners were at second and third with no out. But she buckled down, got through the inning without any damage, and wouldn't give up another run in Altamont's 11-1 win in six innings. She briefly ran into trouble again with a runner on third with two outs in the second, but was stellar from there, both on the mound and at the plate. "The cold weather, it's hard to throw different pitches," said Altamont coach John Niebrugge. "After that, she got control. It was just Diedre just shutting them down."Ledbetter struck out eight Eagles in six innings of work, allowing just one run to Newton. She also was 4-for-5 at the dish, knocking in five of Altamont's 11 runs. After allowing the first inning run, Altamont got right back to work against Newton's Karsyn McCoy. Madison Ohnesorge reached on an error and stole second, allowing Ledbetter to knock her in two batters later. Ledbetter would score on a wild pitch, and Gabby Alwardt had an RBI single of her own to make it 3-1 heading to the second. Things were quiet until the third, when Altamont continued getting after McCoy. Lauren White led off with a triple and immediately came around on an Alwardt RBI single."(Alwardt'S) finally starting the stroke the ball, she's getting her timing down," Niebrugge said. "She started as a four hitter, now she's batting sixth... add her to the mix, and we're dangerous."With two outs, Joleen Nothrup knocked her in.Following an Ohnesorge infield single and a walk, Ledbetter came through with two more RBI, pushing the Altamont lead to 7-1. White would score again in the fourth off an error and two wide pitches. Ledbetter had another RBI in the fifth following a double by Ohnesorge. They'd end the game in the sixth, when a Nothrup fly ball with two outs was dropped, allowing a run to score to make it 10-1. Ohnesorge singled again, Josie Phillips walked, setting the stage for Ledbetter's walk-off single. "We're putting 10, 11, 12 runs every game," Niebrugge said. We've got hitters up and down the lineup, Cory Dorr and Jolene did a good job getting on base and turning the lineup over."McCoy took the loss for Newton, pitching three innings and allowing seven runs before being pulled for Katelyn Hardiek. Fore was 1-2 for with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Brooke Koebele and Johnson each had singles, while Keidrah Hadiek had a double.Alwardt went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs on the game. Madison Ohnesorge was 2-for-4 and White was 1-for-3 with a triple. Newton returns to LIC play Monday at Oblong, while Altamont (8-1) travels to face Stew-Stras.

Newton 100 000 1 4 3Altamont 304 112 11 13 0WP - Ledbetter LP - McCoy

Newton: E. Johnson (1B, BB); Koebele (1B), Fore (1B, RBI, SB, BB), Ke. Hardiek (2B)Altamont: M. Ohnesorge (2-4); Ledbetter (4-5, 5 RBI); Alwardt (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI), White (1-3, 3B)


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