Warriors double up Rams
SYCAMORE Sometimes twins or triplets look alike.
In the case of the Adelsperger triplets, none of them look like the other.
But they have one thing in common: trouble.
It’s not as if you can knock one out of the equation either, because seemingly there’s another one right behind her. One third of the Mohawk softball lineup is Adelspergers.
Upper Sandusky learned that Friday night. The Rams couldn’t exactly pick their poison in the Division III sectional final at Sycamore’s American Legion Ballfield, because all three Adelspergers proved to be lethal.
Kasey Adelsperger punished the Rams with her arm to start the game, Clara Adelsperger beat the Rams with her stick and Julie finished them off with three innings of scoreless relief in an 8-4 Mohawk victory.
“I felt my team was tense. It was first tournament game (for us) against Upper and Upper is a tough team to beat mentally and they were attacking the ball,” Mohawk coach Jenny Weinandy said. “It was just a good tournament game.”
Kasey Adelsperger (11-2) struck out six and walked one while scattering four hits in the game. Julie Adelsperger relieved her in the fifth after Mohawk (18-4) went up 6-4 and yielded just one baserunner the rest of the way.
“We haven’t had to do that at all this year really,” Weinandy said. “Kasey gets excited. They’re both hard workers. But Julie might have a little bit more composure and hit her spots a little bit better. It’s a competition between them two and that’s what I want.”
Clara provided her punch at the plate with a 3 for 4 day, driving in three runs, including what amounted to be the winning runs with a two-out two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to put the Warriors on top 6-4.
“I was watching more pitches. I knew with all of the other players (Upper’s pitchers) were pitching outside and I kind of waited for that one because I knew it’d come at some point,” Clara said. “It worked for me tonight.”
Upper Sandusky (16-7) had its chances. While it had just five hits, the Warriors committed four errors.?The Rams took a 2-1 lead in the third when Katie Taylor doubled to score Madison Vince and Maranda Stansbery who walked and singled, respectively, earlier in the inning. An error made it second and third with one out before Kasey slammed the door on the Rams with a strikeout and an infield pop out.
“When we got on top 2-1, I thought the girls were all excited and hyped and then I don’t know, the mental thing came into play and we lost a little bit of momentum that way,” Upper Sandusky coach David Young said.
The Warriors retook the lead in the bottom frame, with a Cambria Kohlenberg double driving in Allison Price, who had reached on an error. Kohlenberg scored when the Rams had a miscue on fielding MacKenzie Sowers’ single. The extra time allowed the speedy Kohlenberg to pick up the extra bag. The final run of the inning came when Julie Adelsperger walked with with the bases loaded, scoring Sowers.
“With the error at third, that started the whole ball rolling. That’s one of the mental mistakes,” Young said.
Not to be outdone, the Rams tied it in the top of the fourth. Kalene Johnson scored on a Mohawk error and a batter later, Kelsi Knapp scored on another Mohawk miscue.
After Clara Adelsperger plated two with her double in the fourth, scoring Price and Kohlenberg, Mohawk added two more off Kyla Cusac (7-5) in the bottom of the fifth. Price drove in Charlotte Moes with a double and Brooke Weinandy scored on a Taylor McClain single.
“I knew our bats would come around. I have that much confidence in our bats,” Weinandy said of the Warriors’ slower start, by their standards. “We’re going to give it our best shot and my whole lineup is power hitters.”
Young made the switch in the bottom of the fourth with the game tied in hopes of giving Mohawk a different look.
“We figured a little offspeed stuff (would throw them off). We were mixing up speeds on them, hoping it would help. It did for a little bit then they picked up on it and moved up in the box,” Young said. “They started catching on and hitting the ball hard. They really hit the ball well.”
It didn’t exactly work the way he hoped as Mohawk rapped out six hits and four runs off Cusac. He brought back starter Sara Gier in the sixth and she finished the night with a strikeout, a walk, eight hits allowed and four runs, but just one of them earned.
“I thought we played well. We had a few mental mistakes and a couple errors on the infield that cost us about three runs,” Young said. “They came out. They hit the ball hard. Their pitchers threw well. I thought they did a very good job.”
Mohawk moves on to face the winner of New London and Margaretta, who play today at noon in New London. The district semifinal is slated to be Wednesday at Clyde High School at 5 p.m. In the other half of the district, No. 1 seeded Bucyrus will face Oak Harbor Tuesday at Clyde.