Mohawk returns to field, run rules sloppy Seneca East

ATTICA – After dropping its first two games of the season, Mohawk has heated up, winning its last 11 games. But due to weather and scheduling issues, the Warriors hadn’t played since Saturday. They finally took the field Thursday at Seneca East, but neither extended time off or chilly weather could cool down the Warrior bats.

Mohawk pounded out 16 hits in a 12-2, five-inning victory over the Tigers.

“I was a little concerned having the rain delays. We just want to play ball,” said Mohawk coach Jenny Weinandy. “We get more experience playing games than practice. Girls are keeping their heads in practice and really working hard on things they need to improve on.”

Weinandy’s concerns went away early. Whatever it was that the players worked on, the work paid off.

In the top of the first, an error, hit batter and walk loaded the bases before Clara Adelsperger delivered the first big hit of the day. The senior smacked a base hit to right center, scoring two and getting Mohawk off and running.

After a Hannah Kieffer single, another run scored after an infield-fly hit by Kasey Adelsperger, then Julie Adelsperger singled home Kieffer to make it 4-0 before Seneca East ever stepped into the batter’s box.

Weinandy said after the game that it all starts at the top with leadoff hitter Taylor McClain.

“Taylor led it off, she’s a good spark I think. She had a hit to start things,” Weinandy said. “Every day is the seniors’ last game. We have a lot of seniors and I hope they’ll carry us pretty far.”

Kasey Adelsperger, another one of those seniors, said after the win the team was just anxious to get back on the field.

“We keep getting rainouts and schedule changes. We find out we’re not going to play after getting all ready during the day. It’s definitely good to get back on the field again,” she said. “We just hated being inside the past few days. Then (Wednesday) was a nice day but our game got canceled. It was good to get back on the dirt.”

Seneca East coach Steve Coppes said his team helped Mohawk out with four errors.

“We played a real good team. They’re solid. They took advantage of all our mistakes and we paid the price for it. In a nutshell that’s about it,” Coppes said. “When you have four unearned runs in the first inning against a good team like that, you’re probably going to get beat.”

While Mohawk was scoring almost at will – the Warriors posted runs in every inning – Seneca East struggled to get its bats going against Kasey Adelsperger. She allowed just four hits on the day and struck out nine.

“She was on,” Weinandy said.” She has her bad days but we love it when she’s on. She’s getting confidence every game that we do play and her sister Julie is ready to come in. It’s a toss up from game to game of who’s going to start because I believe in both of them.”

“I was just hitting my spots,” Adelsperger said. “Coach went and scouted them and knew what their weaknesses were.”

Two of the four Tiger hits came from Rachel Bauman. She had a single in the first inning, then doubled home Hannah Martin for a run in the third. Seneca East got its second run when Mykayla Ruffing scored off a Paige Reichert fielder’s choice.

Mohawk led 7-2 going into the fifth, but seemed anxious to make it an early afternoon.

Allison Price led off with a base hit with McClain following with an RBI double. McClain came around on a base hit from Cambria Kohlenberg.

The Warriors weren’t stopping.

The first seven batters that inning reached base, six by way of a hit, with one walk. MacKenzie Sowers collected her third base hit of the day and Clara Adelsperger followed with another RBI hit. She drove in a team-high four runs.

The final two runs came across on a base hit from Kasey Adelsperger, who then shut the door on Seneca East in the bottom of the frame to end the day.

Mohawk won its 12th straight to improve to 12-2, 5-0 Midland Athletic League.

Weinandy said the team took the right mindset after facing some adversity early in the year.

“Our first two games were losses, and I think the team decided that it wasn’t fun to lose, and you need to work harder in order to be successful.”

Coppes meanwhile is hoping his team can take that approach to turn its fortunes around with more tough games upcoming on the schedule.

“They had a bad game,” he said as his team fell to 9-8, 3-2. “They gave a good team a good start and we just couldn’t make it up. That’s what good teams do. You give them an advantage and they put you away.”