Few teams in the state have a pitching duo as deadly as West Delaware’s Emily Klostermann and Macey Kleitsch. With the latter gone on a school choir trip for the entirety of week three, Klostermann, a senior, stepped up bigtime to strike out 58 in 31 innings of quality work.
Now 13-3, the Hawks swept a doubleheader with Marion (9-8) June 3 and another against South Tama (2-10), June 5. The opening round of the Jesup Tournament, June 7, brought West Delaware’s win streak to ten with a pair of wins over West Central (1-13) and Don Bosco (7-8). The Hawks lost their only game of the week to Hempstead (12-4) before defeating CPU (2-11) on Saturday.
Klostermann kicked off her massive week with a four hit, 13 strikeout game one against Marion as the Hawks took a 3-1 victory behind the bats of sophomore Eve Wedewer (2-for-3, double), freshman Ella Koloc (2-for-2), and seniors Claire Demmer and JoAnna Voss (one RBI each).
The Hawks went on to score a trio of runs during the fourth inning of the second game to successfully hold off the pair of runs scored by Marion in the opening frame. Klostermann put down another seven Indian batters while allowing six hits to earn her second win of the week. Voss went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, while Demmer went 3-for-3 and drove in one.
“I think Klostermann did a great job of stepping up into that senior role and she had a wonderful week last week,” head coach Tiffany Rave said. “Marion is a ranked opponent, and for her to get that win was huge. She did a real nice job of moving that ball around each time she went out there, getting ahead in the count and utilizing all of her pitches.”
Klostermann dropped South Tama in the next doubleheader in a 17-strikeout day. The Hawks nabbed 12 team RBIs in game one as Demmer continued her hot week from the batter’s box with a double and three RBIs. Voss and Wedewer drove in a pair each, while Koloc, sophomore Heather Heims, senior Tehya Demmer, junior Leah Wegmann and sophomore Mia Peyton all added an RBI of their own in an eight run fourth that sealed the game one victory.
The Hawks went on to pile up four, three and five runs in the first three innings of game two. Heims led the way for the hitters in that one, going a perfect 2-for-2 with five RBIs. Voss knocked in another trio of runs, while Claire Demmer added two as West Delaware won both games by mercy rule.
That trend continued as the Jesup Tournament commenced on Friday, with the Hawks scoring four, seven and one run in the first three innings to drop West Central right off the bat, 12-0. Klostermann completed the three inning no-hit bid while earning run support from the bat of Tehya Demmer, who hit a three-run home run in a 1-for-2 day. Two more RBIs came from Claire Demmer. Wedewer did a little bit of everything to help the cause as well, hitting a triple for another RBI, earning two walks and scoring three times with one stolen base.
Koloc (2-for-3, double, three RBIs) led the team to a 5-0 win over Don Bosco later that evening. Klostermann allowed just two hits and struck out 12 in yet another quality appearance, while Voss and Claire Demmer added three hits and Heims drove in another run.
The win streak was then snapped by an impressive Hempstead roster on Saturday, with both teams holding the other off for four innings before the Mustangs broke it open with a pair of runs in the fifth. Klostermann did all she could in allowing just one earned score off eight hits and seven strikeouts, but Voss would be the only Hawk with a hit in 20 team at-bats as her team fell, 2-0.
Klostermann allowed a high of 10 hits in the following game with CPU, but managed to pull off the win with eight strikeouts and a single earned run. The Hawks scratched across one in the second, with CPU responding with one of their own in the fourth. The game was finally settled as West Delaware added the pair of deciding runs in the sixth.
Heims (2-for-3) went yard and scored twice to lead the hitting efforts in the final game of the week. Claire Demmer (2-for-3, double, RBI) and Voss (1-for-3, RBI) also contributed in key moments.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the kids and how we’ve been progressing,” Rave said of the week as a whole. “We’re gonna have a great week six. We get to play some great competition.”
The Hawks will host their own tournament next weekend, and will look to benefit from the return of Kleitsch to the circle.
“We do have a good 1-2 and we intend to continue to utilize both of them in a big way,” Rave said of her pair of all-state caliber pitchers. “I don’t think it matters who is out there, they are both starters for us, and they’re both one hundred percent on board with that. I don’t think there’s many duos in the state that can do what we are able to do.”