The Lady Hatchets of Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg fell to Hardin Calhoun Monday 1-0 after a dominant pitching performance from Calhoun's Sydney Baalman.
Baalman kept the Lady Hatchets off balance for much of the afternoon and had a no-hitter going until Ava Bennett singled with two outs in the seventh. Baalman finished with 14 strikeouts on the afternoon.
While the Hatchets had a hard time getting hits, they were able to get runners aboard via three walks from Baalman as well as Mackenzi Tabbert being hit by a pitch in the fourth.
However, all of the Hatchets' base runners came with two outs in the inning. In the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, the Lady Hatchets would get a runner to third base, but left them stranded each time.
"It's frustrating," said Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg head coach Craig Moffett. "They did a great job at running the bases. We got good jumps and a lot of speed. That was our gameplan; to put pressure on them. But it was a great performance by them defensively and pitching."
Noticing a vulnerable point of Hardin Calhoun's, Moffett had runners in motion whenever he could, as the team finished with eight stolen bases on the day. Tabbert had three, Bennett and Natalie Hayes each had two and Megan Schlechte had one.
The Warriors got things going in the bottom of the first when Lucy Kallal beat a throw to first. The play was close, but Kallal was ruled safe on the play. That proved to be the Warriors' only hit on the afternoon and it was a big one. Two consecutive passed balls allowed Kallal to advance to third. She then came in to score on a ground out from Baalman.
After allowing just one run over 3 2/3 innings, Roney came on in relief of Schlechte and performed masterfully, striking out six over 2 1/3 while not allowing a hit.
Roney led off the top of the seventh with a shot to center field, and if it wasn't for the wind blowing in, had a chance to leave the yard.
Immediately following the game, Moffett along with assistant coach Quinn Bennett talked to the team.
"I told them I loved them," Moffett said. "Coach Bennett spoke as well and reminded them they're going to be great citizens at some point. They're all going to be adults and good moms someday I'm sure.
"I was only here for two years of their career. They made my job really fun and easy at times. I hope that what they did set the trend for future teams. I'm just super proud of them."
The Hatchets end the season at 36-2-1 and as champions of the Macon (Meridian) Sectional and Pawnee Regional champions.