ALLEMAN - A perfect defensive game, coupled with key hits in the later inning propelled the South Hamilton softball team to a shutout win in Heart of Iowa Conference play here last night.
Playing in strong winds, the Hawks (6-9, 5-4 HOIC) scored the go-ahead runs in the fifth inning and then tacked on four in the seventh to storm by North Polk, 6-0.
Freshman pitcher Ady Wintermote allowed just four hits and her defense did the rest. North Polk (3-10, 2-5 HOIC) didn't strike out, but the Hawks made all the plays.
"The girls are starting to build a lot of confidence on offense and I think that's turning over onto defense," South Hamilton head coach Laura Read said. "(Making no errors) is a huge accomplishment for us and the girls knew it right away after the game. We're definitely making strides in the right direction."
A bloop base hit to right field by Kenzie Busch scored the only run South Hamilton would need.
Leandra Diersen smacked a two-RBI base hit up the middle in the seventh.
SOUTH HAMILTON 6, NORTH POLK 0
Monday in Alleman
South Hamilton000 020 4-6 6 0
North Polk000 000 0-0 4 2
Ady Wintermote and Alyssa Hegland. Stevi Jackson and Makayla Burt. W-Wintermote. L-Jackson. 2B-SH: Kayla Carlson. RBI-SH: Leandra Diersen (2), Kenzie Busch.
Busch finished with two of the team's six hits. Kayla Carlson laced a double; Wintermote and Carly Swenson both singled.
South Hamilton will be back on the road this evening in Roland to take on Roland-Story at 7:30 p.m.