West Delaware softball is now 6-2 after sweeping a pair of back-to-back doubleheaders on the road against Vinton-Shellsburg, May 29, and Clear Creek-Amana, May 30.
The Hawks kicked off their stellar week by putting up eight runs in the first three innings en route to winning 10-0 in five innings against Vinton-Shellsburg in game one. Four of these were driven in by sophomore Eve Wedewer, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles in the game. Eva Winn, another sophomore outfielder, went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while freshman Ella Koloc stole two bases. Junior Macy Kleitsch scratched across two more while producing in a big way from the circle, striking out nine while allowing just three hits and no runs in five innings of work.
A seven-run fourth inning broke open game two and led to an 8-0 victory for West Delaware. The Hawks opened that one with a single run in the opening frame, and were boosted again by Wedewer, who hit a home run and added another pair of RBIs.
Senior Emily Klostermann followed Kleitsch’s gem with one of her own, striking out seven and allowing zero runs, two hits and two walks. Junior Leah Wegmann went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and classmate Heather Heims was 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. Producing an RBI apiece were Winn, Koloc, Kleitsch and senior JoAnna Voss.
“It was great to see our hitters have patience at the plate. I think we did a good job of continuing to push on offense,” head coach Tiffany Rave said of her Hawks. “I really think this game was a total team effort with multiple girls getting base hits in the double header.”
The girls returned to the action at Clear Creek-Amana the next day, winning game one, 6-2, and game two, 11-1.
“We played some great ball against CCA. Game one was against a pitcher that has beaten us the past two years, and we did a nice job of staying on top in our bats and attacking the strikes early,” Rave said.
The Hawks only posted five hits in game one, but that was more than enough to scratch across six runs, with Koloc, Wegmann and senior Tehya Demmer each contributing a pair of RBIs. Kleitsch outdid her previous effort with a whopping complete game, 13 strikeout performance while allowing a mere two earned runs off three hits and two walks.
“Offensively, we put some hard balls into play the first three innings before we broke through in inning four,” Rave said, commenting on the six-run inning that would lock up the victory.
Klostermann needed just five innings of work to strike out another seven in game two. She allowed one fourth inning run off four hits and two walks as the Hawks posted eight runs in the second to seal the mercy rule win for the second time in two days.
Kleitsch helped her pitching counterpart by going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Heims and Voss also knocked in two each, while Demmer scored two runs with an RBI. As a whole, the Hawks drew seven walks on an inexperienced pair of Clipper pitches en route to the blowout win.
“Both pitchers did an incredible job on the mound while working with Leah (Wegmann) and Mia (Peyton) behind the plate. They both moved the ball well inside and out, which kept their hitters off balance,” Rave said. “I was also extremely proud of our dugout. They played a critical role in setting the tone for the game.”