Weinandy picks up win No. 300 in Mohawk romp of Ridgemont
RIDGEWAY – Jenny Weinandy could have won No. 300 on Saturday against Lima Bath.
But the doubleheader against the winningest coach of all-time, Laura Ford (630 wins going into this season), left her still at 299.
Her team left no doubt Tuesday night.
No. 300 came in grand fashion as Mohawk clobbered Ridgemont, 18-0, thanks to big hits and strong pitching.
Kasey Adelsperger didn’t give the Golden Gophers a chance to win or even get a hit as the hurler owned Ridgemont.
“She had a lot of speed tonight and she’s pretty much on target,” Weinandy said. “Ridgemont didn’t seem like they were expecting the speed that she was throwing.”
She supported her own effort with two homers, driving in six runs. Her sister Clara blasted a homer as well, driving in three with her two hits. Taylor McClain had three hits, including a double, and plated three while Brooke Weinandy doubled and scored twice.
“They were hard shots. … It’s good to see their smiles when they round third base,” Weinandy said of the three home runs. “I felt the ladies waited for the ball and made good adjustments to push off their back leg. When the ball came to them, they swung through them.”
The win improved Weinandy’s record to 300-84 over her 15 seasons at the helm. It her moves to, at best, 35th all-time in state history at this point.
In her career, she’s won two state titles, two regional crowns, seven district championships and eight Midland Athletic League titles.
Weinandy said she never expected to coach this long.
“No I never expected that to coach that many years or get that many wins. I’ve been very fortunate to have the talent that Mohawk has in ladies’ sports,” Weinandy said. “It’s not just in softball. They’ve been successful in volleyball and basketball. There have been some really talented players, and when a coach can put that all together, it spells out success.”
She said the two state title games would probably be her favorite two wins of the 300.
“I’ve had other favorite teams that may not gone as far but I’ve enjoyed every year,” Weinandy said. “Being a head coach the first year is always the toughest. It’s a passion that I wanted to fulfill. I just enjoy teaching the girls and developing the chemistry of the team. The chemistry of the team is what keeps me going. If you can put something together and be successful, that makes the season well worth it.”
Weinandy has coached against a number of the coaches above her on the all-time wins list. She said it’s humbling to be included amongst the best all-time.
“It’s an honor. I feel like an honor to reach a milestone but it’s more of an honor being part of a great group of girls, year after year after year,” Weinandy said. “To me, I had to learn a lot. It’s a lot different now than when I played. I wanted the girls to be the best they could be. I was fortunate to be a part of four years of their lives. So I worked myself. I wanted to know every position. I wanted to know how to pitch and how to play catcher so I could teach them.”
The teaching is not over yet. Mohawk is still atop the Midland Athletic League all alone with a 6-0 mark.