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home : sports : sports Wednesday, July 9, 2014

7/10/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Cal-Wheat senior Abby Pewe blasts a pitch during Monday’s 1A regional game at Springville. The ball ended up carrying over the fence for a solo home run in the second inning of the contest. The blast proved to be the Warriors’ lone hit, however, as the Orioles ended Cal-Wheat’s campaign with a 12-2 victory. Photo by Ross Eberhart
Miscues hurt Warriors in playoff loss to Springville

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The last thing the Calamus-Wheatland softball team wanted to do during Monday's 1A regional first round game with Springville was give the Orioles extra opportunities.

That was what happened in the regular season game between the two teams with Springville turning eight Cal-Wheat errors into seven runs in an 11-7 victory

The Orioles, though, forced the Warriors' hand, putting a number of hard-hit balls into play and Cal-Wheat found itself with a bad case of déjà vu, as Springville once again took advantage of its opponent's miscues in a 12-2 victory.

Springville struck early with two runs in the first and then took advantage of a passed ball coupled with an error to plate two more in the second.

The Warriors, though, had an answer and it came from the bat of senior Abby Pewe, who led off the bottom of the second with a blast over the fence in left-center to get Cal-Wheat on the board.

Springville failed to score in the third, but the Warriors were unable to completely seize the momentum after falling in order in the bottom of the inning.

The fourth inning proved to be the difference as Cal-Wheat began to have a hard time handling Springville's hits cleanly.

As the miscues piled up, so did the runs and by the time the Warriors got a third out in the frame the Orioles had scored six runs to make it 10-1.

Springville tacked on two more runs in the fifth and it was 12-1.

Needing two runs to extend the game, Cal-Wheat received a boost when Katie Banowetz coaxed a free pass to first. A wild pitch moved the eighth-grader to second and Banowetz moved to third on a groundout.

Makenna Christensen was up next and promptly fouled off the first two pitches she saw. The third pitch was low and Christensen checked her swing.

The home plate umpire called a ball, but Springville looked to cover its bases by tagging out Christensen in case an appeal to the other umpire reversed the decision into a strikeout.

Before the Oriole catcher could make the tag, however, Christensen bolted down the line to first and Springville was forced to throw her out.

Banowetz, in turn, headed home on the throw and all of Springville's extra work ultimately produced a Warrior run and ball one to Christensen.

The Orioles, though, got the final out they needed to finish off the game early.

Pewe ended up providing Cal-Wheat's lone hit in the game with her home run, while Tessa Kauffman drew a lead-off walk in the first inning.

It was a disappointing finish for the Warriors, who finished off their regular season with two big road wins over Camanche (5-3 and 3-2).

Pewe set the tone for the entire night right away in the first inning as she smacked a three-run home run to right field to score both Kauffman (who singled to lead-off the game) and Jalen Snowbarger (who reached on an error) and put the Warriors up 3-0.

Neither team scored again until the sixth when the Warriors added to their lead with individual runs by Snowbarger and Morgan VanderHeiden (both players scored on passed balls).

Camanche got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the inning and then made things interesting by scoring another run in the seventh, while bringing the tying run up to the plate.

Pewe, though, induced a fly-out to center and Cal-Wheat had the win.

Along with her home run, Pewe also smacked a double and finished the game with three RBIs, while also earning the win on the mound (she struck out four batters). Kauffman and Snowbarger had hits of their own for the Warriors, who finished with just four as a team.

Cal-Wheat finished off the sweep with a dramatic win in the nightcap.

The Warriors got off to another good start as Becca VanderHeiden knocked in M. VanderHeiden with a double in the second inning and McKenna Luepker made it 2-0 by scoring on a passed ball in the fourth.

The Indians, though, fought back and individual runs in the fifth and sixth knotted up the game at two.

Cal-Wheat, though, came through in the bottom of the inning.

With a runner on first and two outs, Jaelyn Diercks drew a walk and B. VanderHeiden followed with a big hit up the middle. M. VanderHeiden, who was running for Pewe, came around to score on the play and the Warriors were back in front.

Camanche was unable to respond in the top of the seventh and the Warriors finished off the sweep.

B. VanderHeiden and Pewe accounted for four of Cal-Wheat's six hits with Bailey Moellenbeck and Luepker adding individual hits of their own.

Pewe earned her second win of the night, allowing just four Camanche hits and striking out four more Indian batters.


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