The Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Lady Hatchets continued their path to another state championship as they defeated the Morrisonville Lady Mohawks 10-0 in five innings Friday in the IHSA Class 1A Pawnee Regional Championship.
Calla Roney was dealing in the circle for the Lady Hatchets. She struck out the first three Lady Mohawk batters to start the game. In the second inning however, she got into a little bit of a rut. Two runners made it base on a single and a walk. A little grounder to Ava Bennett at second base set up the 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
"I was pumped. I guess when I went out and talked to Calla, Ava and [Karlie] Bean talked and were like 'if we get a ground ball, we're going to turn it,' so and they did it," head coach of the Lady Hatchets Craig Moffett said. "They're always thinking about the game like coaches. That is one things we're blessed to have."
"That was awesome. That was awesome because I needed an out at the time and my middle infielders reel in that double play was huge and it was a momentum changer. We came back and scored some runs," Roney said.
In the bottom half of the second, Karlie Bean doubled. Bennett and Maddie Pfieffer walked to load the bases and Katrina Davis knocked in Bean with a squeeze bunt and reached first.
In the top of the third inning, Roney was digging at the rubber in the circle. She was called for an illegal pitch but still struck out all three batters she faced.
"I was having a tough time with the mound just a little bit of a hole there and the umpire called me for an illegal pitch. I just try to not let it bother me. It did a little bit at first then I just got over it. It happens all the time," Roney said. "I was stepping off the front of the mound and my foot was sliding so that's legal. So that is what happened."
"She was battling through. She had an illegal pitch. The rubber kind of had a hole in it," Moffett said. "We were good about this last year, especially our seniors and everybody is more mentally tough when little things like that pop up. So the girls did a great job of just focusing on the next play and just not letting little things get to them."
The Lady Hatchets scored on the misplays of the Lady Mohawks in the bottom of the third as they scored six runs-four of them off passed balls.
"We were able to take advantage when their pitcher maybe got a little fatigued. Passed balls and executed on some little plays-bunts and so forth," Moffett said. "That's when we're good. Good power hitters but then we need to execute small ball as well."
Mackenzi Tabbert led off the fourth inning with a walk and was brought in on a double from Roney. Bennett walked and the Lady Hatchets did a double-steal which led to Roney scoring on a throwing error and put Bennett on third. Bennett then scored on a squeeze from Mackinzee Reynolds to have a 10-0 closing the coffin on the Lady Mohawks.