After the top of the first inning, Calamus-Wheatland dominated Preston in the championship game of the Northeast softball tournament Saturday.
The Trojans scored three runs in the first inning, but only got one hit and only moved two runners into scoring position over the finl six innings of a 5-3 loss to the Warriors. Abagale Pewe and Karlee Rock combined to keep Preston’s offense at bay after the first inning.
“It was just phenomenal,” Calamus-Wheatland coach Derron Pewe said. “Both Abby and Karlee did a great job. ... We wanted to work both the girls in and give Karlee the end of the game and the win as a senior.”
The Warriors scored one in the bottom of the first and then came through with a three-run second inning to take the lead. Tessa Kauffman drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Mickenzie Powers hit an RBI single to leftfield, bringing the Warriors to within one. Rock then singled between the shortstop and third baseman to put two runners on. Pewe hit an RBI double to left, tying the game. Rock scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Cassie Aldis.
Powers scored an insurance run for the Warriors in the fourth inning. She led off the inning with a single to center and went to second on an error. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and then stole home. Pewe drew a walk, but instead of stopping at first base, continued on to second. When the throw went to second to retire Pewe, Powers broke for home scoring the go-ahead run.
Calamus-Wheatland beat Northeast 11-5 in the semifinals and Clinton 16-0 in three innings in the first round. Coach Pewe called the win over Clinton a revenge game after the River Queens topped the Warriors 10-5 at the Warriors’ home tournament.
“It was the right time to put it together with the (postseason) tournament starting next week,” coach Pewe said. “It gives us something to build on and stay positive. We can know even if we get down to good team like Preston by a few runs right away, if we fight and play our game, we can come back against anybody.”
Preston defeated Camanche 9-4 and Monticello 6-1 to advance to the title game.
After suffering setbacks in the semifinals, Northeast and Camanche met in the third-place game.
The Rebels led 1-0 after three innings, but then both offenses got to scoring and Northeast emerged with a 6-3 victory.
“I think it was just executing,” Northeast coach Travis Eversmeyer said. “We got our bunts down, got a few timely hits. ... On defense, we made plays when we needed to.”
Brittany Stoll had a hit up the middle that brought in two runs for the Rebels and Brooke Puckett executed a squeeze bunt that brought in another run.
Eversmeyer said he was especially pleased with the play of Demi Diedrich through the day. She went 8-for-12 at the plate and scored eight runs.
Clinton struggled on the day, losing to Calamus-Wheatland in the opener, than falling 14-6 to Marquette Catholic before meeting Bellevue in the seventh-place game. The River Queens were without three regular starters for the tournament, including Cara Brewer. Brewer is likely out for the remainder of the season after breaking her finger during Clinton’s game last Monday.
Bellevue topped Clinton 8-6 for seventh place.
The Comets jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but the River Queens came roaring back. Liz Wilke hit a two-RBI single in the second to tie the game. In the third, Sara Judge hit an RBI double to right-centerfield. Then Courtney Harlock reached on an error to put two River Queens on base. Brittany Coppess drove them both in with a single, giving Clinton a 5-2 lead. Coppess hit a home run in Clinton’s loss to Marquette.
Then it was the Comets’ turn to come back. Caley Medinger hit an RBi single in the third to cut the deficit to two. In the fourth inning, Ali Reeg started a two-out Bellevue rally with an infield single. Medinger drove her in with a triple to centerfield and scored on an illegal pitch to tie the game.
Hope Walgamuth then drew a walk and scored on a triple down the leftfield line by Grace Griffin, giving the Comets a 6-5 lead. Bellevue then added two insurance runs in the fifth.
Clinton came to plate in the top of the sixth, knowing it needed to score three runs to tie because the time limit was up and there would be no seventh inning.
Maddison Daniels led the inning off with a single. The next two batters made out and the runner advanced to third. Jordan Nelson drew a walk and ran all the way to second base. Judge then hit an RBi single and advanced to second on the throw, putting the tying runs in scoring position. That’s where they stayed though as Bellevue pitcher Nicole Beckley induced a pop out to end the game.
“We gave them one bad inning, but that we came back,” Bellevue coach Tim Roth said. “We had some kids step up and get some big hits. Nicole, in her second varsity game, did a pretty good job for a freshman.”
CALAMUS-WHEATLAND 5, PRESTON 3
Preston 300 000 0 — 3
Cal-Wheat 130 100 x — 5
Cassie Aldis and Emily Rittmer; Abagale Pewe, Karlee Rock (4) and Cassie Johansen. Multiple hits — Preston (Rittmer 2); Calamus-Wheatland (Mickenzie Powers 3, Rock 2). 2B — Preston (Lizzie Meier); Calamus-Wheatland (Powers, Pewe). RBI — Preston (Meier, Rittmer 2); Calamus-Wheatland (Powers, Rock, Pewe).
NORTHEAST 6, CAMANCHE 3
Northeast 001 221 — 6
Camanche 000 111 — 3
Northeast (Sammi Farrell and Jessica Spooner). Multiple hits — Northeast (Demi Diedrich 2, Kelsey Lorenzen 2); Camanche (Kylie Vogel 2, Morgan Mussman 2). 2B — Northeast (Sydney Gray); Camanche (Vogel, Sydney Grell, Mussman). RBI — Northeast (Carlie Dever, Brooke Puckett, Brittany Stoll 2); Camanche (Vogel, Grell, Mussman).
MONTICELLO 7, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 0
Marquette 000 000 0 — 0
Monticello 010 330 x — 7
Danielle Bender, Paige Daugherty (5) and Justine Kalmes; Hannah Thompson and Lael Lubben. Multiple hits — Monticello (Taylor Kremer 3, Erin Hosch 2, Kelsie Etten 2). 2B — Monticello (Etten, Lubben, Kremer, Hosch, Allison Kraus, Kori Bohlken). RBI — Monticello (Lubben, Kremer, Hosch 2, Kraus 2, Taylor Aitchison).
BELLEVUE 8, CLINTON 6
Clinton 023 001 — 6
Bellevue 201 32x — 8
Nicole Beckley and Sarah Hammond; Halee Vicks, Maddison Daniels (4) and Jordan Nelson. Multiple hits — Clinton (Sara Judge 2); Bellevue (Caley Medinger 2). 2B — Clinton (Judge). 3B — Bellevue (Medinger, Grace Griffin). HR — Bellevue (Hope Walgamuth). RBI — Clinton (Judge 2, Brittanny Coppess 2, Liz Wilke 2); Bellevue (Medinger 2, Walgamuth 2, Griffin, Mollie Knake).
PRESTON 9, CAMANCHE 4
Preston 033 300 — 9
Camanche 030 100 — 4
Aldis, Kelcie Bormann (3), Aldis (5) and Rittmer; Allie Lefebure, Haley Pulse (3) and Jordan Goldbeck. Multiple hits — Preston (Bormann 2, Meier 2, Aldis 2, Emily Henningsen 2); Camanche (Lindsey Grams 2). 2B — Preston (Aldis); Camanche (Grams 2). HR — Preston (Meier).
CALAMUS-WHEATLAND 11, NORTHEAST 5
Cal-Wheat 201 106 1 — 11
Northeast 320 000 0 — 5
Pewe and Johansen; Baylie Parson and Sarah Schoon. Multiple hits — Calamus-Wheatland (Powers 2, Rock 2, Pewe 3, Johansen 3, Jalen Snowbarger 2); Northeast (Diedrich 2, Dever 3, Lorenzen 2). 2B — Calamus-Wheatland (Rock, Pewe 2, Johansen); Northeast (Diedrich, Lorenzen). RBI — Calamus-Wheatland (Powers 2, Rock 2, Pewe 3, McKenna Luepler); Northeast (Dever 2, Taylor Kaczinski, Schoon, Lorenzen).
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 14, CLINTON 6
Marquette 410 504 — 14
Clinton 030 120 — 6
Daugherty and Kalmus; Courtney Harlock and Maddy Andresen. Multiple hits — Marquette (Sarah Lampe 2, Andrea Frank 2, Anna Lampe 2). 2B — Marquette (Frank, Blake Banowetz, Danielle Bender, A. Lampe). 3B — Marquette (Daugherty, A. Lampe); Clinton (Wilke). HR — Clinton (Coppess). RBI — Marquette (Frank, Banowetz, Daugherty, A. Lampe 3, Bender 2); Clinton (Coppess 3, Daniels 2, Wilke).
MONTICELLO 10, BELLEVUE 4
Monticello 200 070 1 — 10
Bellevue 120 100 0 — 4
Taylor Oswald and Lubben; Medinger and Walgamuth. Multiple hits — Monticello (Jordan Aitchison 4, Brooke Stahlberg 2, Kraus 2, T. Aitchison 2); Bellevue (Ali Reeg 2). 2B — Monticello (J. Aitchison, Kraus, Etten); Bellevue (Reeg, Walgamuth). RBI — Monticello (J. Aitchison 3, Stalhberg 2, Etten, Kremer 2, Hosch, T. Aitchison); Bellevue (Reeg, Walgamuth, Hammond 2).
CAMANCHE 7, BELLEVUE 4
Bellevue 020 000 2 — 4
Camanche 100 123 x — 7
Medinger and Walgamuth; Mussman, Pulse (3), Mussman (7) and Goldbeck. Multiple hits — Bellevue (Kelsey Ernst 2, Medinger 3, Walgamuth 2); Camanche (Jordan Nissen 3, Vogel 2, Julia Moore 2). 2B — Bellevue (Medinger, Walgamuth); Camanche (Moore). 3B — Bellevue (Ernst, Reeg). RBI — Bellevue (Ernst 2, Medinger, Walgamuth); Camanche (Vogel, Moore 3, Mussman 2, Grell).
PRESTON 6, MONTICELLO 1
Monticello 000 001 0 — 1
Preston 140 100 x — 6
Oswald and Lubben; Bormann and Megan Zeimet. Multiple hits — Monticello (Hosch); Preston (Bormann, Zeimet, Rittmer). 2B — Preston (Bormann, Zeimet, Larissa Ruchotzke). 3B — Preston (Nicole Trenkamp).
NORTHEAST 14, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 4
Marquette 012 100 — 4
Northeast 910 031 — 14
Farrell and Schoon; Nicole Blum and Kalmes. Multiple hits — Northeast (Diedrich 4, Dever 2, Puckett 4, Farrell 2). 2B — Marquette (Bender). 3B — Northeast (Diedrich, Dever, Farrell). RBI — Northeast (Diedrich 2, Dever 2, Kaczinski 2, Maria Wagemester 2, Farrell).
CALAMUS-WHEATLAND 16, CLINTON 0
Clinton 000 — 0
Cal-Wheat 547 — 16
Daniels and Nelson; Rock and Johansen. Multiple hits — Calamus-Wheatland (Powers 2, Kayla Minor 2, Johansen 2, Luepker 2). 2B — Calamus-Wheatland (Pewe, Minor, Luepker 2, Snowbarger). RBI — Calamus-Wheatland (Pewe, Minor 2, Johansen 2, Luepker and Tessa Kauffman).
Calamus-Wheatland: Karlee Rock, Cassie Johansen, Abagale Pewe
Preston: Kelcie Bormann, Megan Zeimet, Emily Rittmer
Northeast: Demi Diedrcih, Carlie Dever
Camanche: Kylie Vogel, Julia Moore
Monticello: Brooke Stahlberg
Marquette Catholic: Paige Daugherty
Bellevue: Caley Medinger