Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

April 18, 2014

Indians' bats too much for Eagles

Altamont downs Newton 16-1

Ryan Czachorski
Effingham Daily News

NEWTON — An 11 a.m. start on Good Friday wasn't too early for Altamont, as the Indians pushed 10 across in the first frame and bested Newton 16-1 in five innings.

The first six baserunners for Altamont reached and the rout was on from there. Josie Phillips, Deidre Ledbetter and Lauren Ohnesorge all had back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles, while Alex Teasley and Brooke Burns picked up RBIs before the lineup turned over again and Phillips and Ledbetter grabbed another one each.

For an Altamont team that's played a tough schedule, the bats have started to wake up for the Indians.

"We scored 15 last night, our bats are starting to come around a bit," said Altamont coach John Niebrugge. "It was good to see us not just have one game, but continue it. Three's a streak, so let's keep that going. I knew it was only a matter of time before they started hitting."

They haven't needed them often with Ledbetter on the hill, and that was the case again Friday. Emily Kerner reached on an error to lead off the first inning and got to third, and scampered home on a wild pitch. That was the only run they'd get in an unearned fashion, and Ledbetter only allowed two hits while striking out six.

"Deidre and (catcher) Lauren (White) were spot-on," Niebrugge said. "When she's throwing strikes, getting ahead, and not having to throw coming to them, she's pretty tough to beat."

After a tough first on the mound for Newton for Katelyn Hardiek, she settled down, allowing just one run on three hits in the second through fourth innings before she tired in the fifth.

It's been a busy week for the Eagles, playing against St. Anthony, Casey-Westfield, Edwards County and now Altamont, and coach Sara Beam said normally she would have lifted Hardiek before the fifth.

"I didn't have anywhere else to go to help her out," Beam said. "When you go through the lineup twice in the first inning, you're going to get tired by the fifth inning. If it was a game-changer at that point, I would have put someone else in. She was going to finish it out."

The Indians pushed five more acorss on two-run doubles by both Phillips and Nikki Tharp.

Beam said the pitchers have struggled with the big inning as of late, and today it came early.

"That big inning is killing us. We have had that big inning, we struggle with the whole getting to the game early enough," Beam said. "I didn't see anything different today, and we got here at 9:30 a.m. I don't think pitchers are getting warm early. "

Madison Ohnesorge was 3-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a steal, Phillips was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, Lauren Ohnesorge was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs, and Tharp went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Every starter for Altamont had at least one base hit, with Elizabeth Biggs also getting a pinch hit in the fifth inning.

Newton's two hits came from Ginny Sandschafer, who was 1-for-1 with a walk, and Hardiek was 1-for-2.

Newton falls to 2-5 and plays Oblong Monday, while Altamont improves to 9-3 and faces Stew-Stras/Windsor Monday.

Altamont (10)10    05    15 17 2

Newton    100    00    1 2 2

WP - Ledbetter (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB) LP - Ka. Hardiek (5 IP, 17 H, 16 R, 13 ER, 2 K, 4 BB)

Altamont: M. Ohnesorge (3-3, RBI, 2 R, SB, HBP); Phllips (3-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R); Ledbetter (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R); L. Ohnesorge (2-2, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB); White (1-3, 2 R, BB); Burns (1-3, RBI); Tharp (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI); Teasley (1-3, RBI, BB); Winters (1-2, 2 R); Biggs (1-1)

Newton: Kerner (0-3, R); Sandschafer (1-1, BB); Ka. Hardiek (1-2)