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5/31/2014 Email this articlePrint this article 
Cal-Wheat scores eight runs in both games of sweep

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

Just like the similarly named television program, eight was enough for the Calamus-Wheatland softball team during a season-opening doubleheader with East Buchanan, Tuesday night.

The Warriors pushed across eight runs in both contests against the Buccaneers to earn a sweep with scores of 8-1 and 8-3.

The Cal-Wheat bats were on fire in both games and the result was 29 hits over the course of the doubleheader.

It was actually East Buchanan who struck first in the opener as the hosts took advantage of a double, a walk and a Warrior error to plate a run in the bottom of the first.

It would be all Warriors from there, however.

Cal-Wheat quickly took the lead right back in the top of the second. Senior McKenna Luepker led off the frame with a double and scored a batter later as Janna Diercks slugged her own double.

Diercks stole third as well and came across for a second run on a two-out single by Tessa Kauffman.

The Warriors plated two more in the fourth.

Luepker again led off the inning and singled, while Jaelyn Diercks joined her on the base paths with her own hit. Both runners came around to score on Kauffman's third hit of the game.

Back-to-back doubles by Jenna Diercks and Luepker helped the Warriors add to their lead in the fifth, and Cal-Wheat put the finishing touches on their first win with a three-run sixth.

Jalen Snowbarger got things rolling in the inning with a single before stealing second and scoring on a single by Kauffman.

Amanda Gorzney courtesy-ran for Kauffman and proceeded to score moments later on another single, this one from shortstop Charlie Hamilton.

The hit parade kept rolling with Katie Banowetz knocking in Hamilton with a double to right-center to make it 8-1.

Kauffman was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game for the Warriors, while Luepker added three hits, two of which were doubles. Banowetz had two hits with Snowbarger, Hamilton, Jen. Diercks, Jan. Diercks and Jae. Diercks all coming up with one.

Cal-Wheat did not take long to continue its offensive surge into the nightcap.

The first three Warrior batters of the game - Snowbarger, Kauffman and Hamilton - all singled before Banowetz drove in a pair with a double. Hamilton would come around to score as well and it was 3-0 in the first.

Jae. Diercks and Snowbarger added to the advantage in the second. Both players reached on hits (Snowbarger's hit was a double) and eventually scored on a pair of Buccaneer errors.

East Buchanan crept back into the game with two runs in the top of the fourth, but Cal-Wheat responded with another big sixth inning to pull away.

After a pop-up to start the stanza, the next five Warrior batters (Snowbarger, Kauffman, Hamilton, Banowetz and Samantha Pewe) all reached base safely.

Snowbarger, Kauffman and Hamilton (who hit a double) all ended up scoring, while Pewe came up with a big RBI single.

The Buccaneers were able to get another run in the seventh, but it was not enough to stop the Warriors from earning the sweep.

Kauffman notched another four hits to lead the Warrior attack, while Snowbarger added three including a double.

It was one of four doubles for the Warriors as Hamilton, Banowetz and Luepker also earned extra bases.

Three Warrior pitchers - Hannah Hamann, Jen. Diercks and Banowetz - saw action in the contest and combined to allow just four East Buchanan hits, while striking out three.

Hamann made the start and picked up the win, while Diercks got the Warriors out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth before Banowetz finished everything up.

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