WILLIAMS - Northeast Hamilton seniors Jennifer Jeffers, Molly Greenfield and Jenn Willems couldn't disguise their smiles here yesterday evening.
They'd been on the softball diamond against South Hamilton before and the end product wasn't pretty. So to turn the tables was priceless.
All three seniors notched at least one hit, as they helped propel the Trojets to a 4-2 victory over their Hamilton County rival.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
NEH catcher Jenn Willems sets to throw to first after fielding a bunt against South Hamilton yesterday in Williams. The Trojets topped the Hawks, 4-2.
"I could tell on the three seniors' faces that they were ecstatic to win," an equally happy Natalie Ostheimer, Northeast Hamilton's head coach, said after her club put an end to its six-game losing streak. "This is a dramatic win ... I think this is the starting block for us right here."
NEH (2-7) pulled the upset by slapping nine hits off South Hamilton pitchers Brittany Nicholson and Ady Wintermote. Conversely, Greenfield kept the Hawks stuck in neutral, as the right-hander allowed just four singles.
"We had a few errors, but we hit the ball and we played strong, and that's what I asked the girls to do," Ostheimer said.
NE HAMILTON 4, SOUTH HAMILTON 2
Thursday at Williams
South Hamilton000 010 1-2 4 0
Northeast Hamilton000 220 x-4 9 4
Brittany Nicholson, Ady Wintermote (5) and Alyssa Hegland. Molly Greenfield and Jenn Willems. W-Greenfield. L-Nicholson. 2B-NEH: Jennifer Jeffers. RBI-SH: Wintermote; NEH: Jeffers (2), Kaylee Massman.
NEH broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with two runs, keyed by an RBI double off the bat of Jeffers.
South Hamilton (4-6) - losers of three straight - got on the board with a run in the fifth, but the Trojets answered with two more runs in their half of the frame. Jeffers smacked another RBI base hit and Kaylee Massman pushed another run across with an RBI single.
The Hawks scored again in the seventh, but couldn't pull any closer than two runs.
Greenfield joined Jeffers with two hits. Willems, Andi Anderson, Jaidyn Timm and Leah Meyer all singled.
MacKenzie Busch, Alyssa Hegland, Kayla Carlson and Allyson Ervin collected hits for South Hamilton. Wintermote drove in one run in the fifth.