The Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Lady Hatchets were the road team against the Neoga Lady Indians on the scoreboard, but played at home and ended up taking a 12-1 win in six innings on Monday.
The Lady Hatchets started their run in the top of the second when Mackinzee Reynolds doubled down the line at third. Reynolds scored on a double from Ava Bennett. The next inning, the Lady Hatchets put three runs across home to be up 4-0. Carson Cole singled and Hannah Hayes brought her home on a triple. Megan Schlechte walked to put runners on the corners. Schlechte stole second base and Mackenzi Tabbert popped out to short stop and on the throw from Neoga's Kelsey Partlow, Cole scored because the ball went out of play which also brought Schlecte to third. Reynolds hit one to left field but the left fielder could not catch it so she got to second base and scored Schlechte.
Pitching for the Lady Hatchets was Schlechte. She brought down the first nine batters in the lineup for the Lady Indians. She said that she was using her change up and that it really worked for her.
"I would say she was awesome," head coach of the Lady Hatchets Craig Moffett said. "The top of their order is pretty good. She is getting really better every game I think. Her last game against Goreville which is an awesome hitting team, held them to one run and could have been a shut out. She's got a lot of different pitches and got a lot of confidence throwing them all and trust coach Bennett calling them so, I wouldn't want to face her that is for sure."
In the top of the fourth, Cole hit an inside the park home run to add to the lead. In the bottom half of the inning, Neoga finally got a hit with a lead off infield single by Partlow. She scored on a single to center by Mackenzie Saunders. That was their only run in the game.
"We just played the state champions. We had a few innings there where we hung in and they didn't shut us out. Our kids battled," Neoga head coach Michele Petska said.
The fifth inning started with a bang as Tabbert homered to right center. The umpires called it a home run but later met to talk with each other to decide if it was actually a home run.
"They thought maybe the ball went underneath [the fence]. I just think they were surprised that she could hit the ball that low, it just kept carrying," Moffett said. "She's a great hitter. That ball was middle away and she drove it to right, right center."
The top of the sixth inning is when the Lady Hatchets drove in the runs. They scored six runs to make it 12-1.
"I felt like we had good at bats early, I think we hit several balls hard right at the defense," Moffett said. "We've been hot offensively. But I think even though we weren't putting up huge numbers early, I think the girls stayed focused against [Elizabeth] Titus I think is a really good pitcher. Some good discipline at the plate as well too, strike zone I think we were cogniscent of that and made good adjustments too."