The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 15, 2013

Steamers claim title at own tourney

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — FULTON, Ill. — Earning a pair of one-run victories along the way, Fulton captured first place Saturday at the Steamer Invitational high school softball tournament at Drive’s Field.

“I’m so proud of the girls and how they played with confidence today,” Fulton coach Jen Pepper said. “After a long, cold day, it is a warm feeling to end it 3-0 with some hardware.”

Two-run innings were the key for the Steamers in their first two victories. They scored twice in the second inning for a 2-1 win against Princeton, then used a two-run fifth to break a 1-1 tie in a 3-2 win against Sherrard.

Chelsea Lesniewski limited Princeton to six hits, and the only run off her was unearned. Katherine Wayne held Sherrard to three hits and walked just one.

The Steamers finished off the title run with a 13-3, five-inning win against West Carroll.

“Fulton had too much firepower for us,” West Carroll coach Don Mathey said. “They have a very nice ballclub.”

Kylie Kennedy went 4-for-4 for Fulton and drove in three runs. Lesniewski also had three RBIs.

The Steamers wasted no time scoring in the game, and Kennedy drove in their first runs.

Jenna Jones reached on an error to lead off the first inning and was sacrificed to second. Walks to Wayne and Lesniewski loaded the bases, and Kennedy came through with a two-run single. The third run scored on Velaye Weinert’s groundout.

Lesniewski added a two-run single in the second inning.

Fulton finished off the Thunder with a five-run fifth that began with a leadoff double by Maddy Andresen and included run-scoring singles by Lesniewski and Kennedy, an RBI error by Weinert and bases-loaded walks by Ann Renkes and Rachel McDonnell.

The Thunder finished 0-3 in the tournament and dropped to 0-9 on the season.

STEAMER INVITATIONAL

Team standings

1. Fulton 3-0; 2. Princeton 2-1; 3. Sherrard 1-2; 4. West Carroll 0-3.

Scores

Fulton 2, Princeton 1; Sherrard 13, West Carroll 3; Fulton 3, Sherrard 2; Princeton 7, West Carroll 4; Princeton 7, Sherrard 5; Fulton 13, West Carroll 3.

FULTON 2, PRINCETON 1

Princeton 100 000 — 1 6 3

Fulton 020 00x — 2 5 1

Alisa Helmbeck (4 ip, 5 h, 2 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 5 so), Madison Menzel (1 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 1 so) and Abby Jaques; Chelsea Lesniewski (6 ip, 6 h, 1 r, 0 er, 6 bb, 3 so) and Maddy Andresen. Multiple hits — Princeton (Heidi James 2). 2B — Princeton (Jaques); Fulton (Jenna Jones).

SHERRARD 13, WEST CARROLL 3

West Carroll 102 00 — 3 6 6

Sherrard 112 18 — 13 15 0

Cassidy Rice (0-4, 5 ip, 15 h, 13 r, 5 er, 2 bb, 0 so) and Morgan Ashby; Macy Hutchinson (3 ip, 5 h, 3 r, 3 er, 0 bb, 3 so), Ashlynn Howotte (2 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 1 bb) and Kodee Mital. Multiple hits — West Carroll (Abby Maike 2); Sherrard (Tori Redpath 3, Carly Adams 2, Mital 4, Jordan Hutton 3). 2B — West Carroll (Ashby); Sherrard (Mital 2, Jaryn Kinder, Redpath). RBIs — West Carroll (Ashby 2, Alicia Foltz); Redpath 2, Kinder, Adams 2, Howette, Mital 2, Payton Jones, Hutton).

FULTON 3, SHERRARD 2

Sherrard 000 101 — 2 3 0

Fulton 000 12 — 3 8 1

Rachel Winston (5 ip, 8 h, 3 r, 2 er, 2 bb, 8 so) and Mital; Katherine Wayne (6 ip, 3 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 2 so) and Andresen. Multiple hits — Fulton (Olivia Edfors 2, Kylie Kennedy 2). 3B — Sherrard (Riley Stanelgard); Fulton (Lesniewski).

PRINCETON 7, WEST CARROLL 1

Princeton 016 000 — 7 7 0

West Carroll 100 000 — 1 3 2

Madison Menzel (6 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 6 bb, 6 so) and Jaques; Allison Thulen (6 ip, 7 h, 7 r, 7 er, 3 bb, 1 so) and Darby Rumler. Multiple hits — Princeton (Jaques 2). 2B — Princeton (Kat Pranka). RBIs — Princeton (James 2, Pranka, Makenzey Wilson, Steph Farrell, Alisa Holmbeck); West Carroll (Ashby).

FULTON 13, WEST CARROLL 3

Fulton 332 05 — 13 13 0

West Carroll 120 00 — 3 5 1

Lesniewski (2 ip, 5 h, 3 r, 2 er, 2 bb, 0 so), Wayne (3 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 2 so) and Andresen; Abby Maike (0-1, 1 ip, 3 h, 3 r, 3 er, 5 bb, 0 so), Thulen (4 ip, 8 h, 10 r, 7 er, 5 bb, 2 so) and Rumler. Multiple hits — Fulton (Lesniewski 2, Kennedy 4, Andresen 2, Jones 2). 2B — Fulton (Andresen); West Carroll (Thulen, Ieshia Larson). RBIs — Fulton (Lesniewski 3, Kennedy 3, Andresen, Velaye Weinert 2, Edfors, Wayne, Ann Renkes); West Carroll (Maike, Thulen, Larson).