Hawks out play No. 8 Mustangs, but lose
Moss belts first HR?of season in opener at Roland Kiwanis Tournament on Friday
ROLAND — The irritation — and that’s putting it nicely — was apparent on the faces of the South Hamilton softball players as they exited the dugout and looked for a shaded spot to decompress on a steamy afternoon Friday.
In control from the moment Alissa Moss cranked a lead-off solo home run in the bottom of the first inning all the way until there were two outs in the top of the seventh, the Hawks knew they gave one away. That it came against eighth-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon only exacerbated the situation.
“I think they were 110 percent totally beatable,” a somber Moss said after Mount Vernon put together a two-out, three-run rally in the seventh to knock off the Hawks, 5-3, at the Roland Kiwanis Tournament. “We were with them and even ahead for most of the game, but they just had that one big hit that broke it open.”
That hit, a two-RBI line-drive single to right field of the bat of Mustangs’ No. 2 hitter Sammy Moss, broke a 2-all tie and put Mount Vernon in charge. The Mustangs’ aggressive base running translated into another run on the play and by the time the ball quit moving, Moss was into third.
“That one inning we weren’t ready (to make) a play after a play,” South Hamilton head coach Rusty Wintermote said.
That Sammy Moss even got the chance to come up with the game-winning hit was a surprise. Hawks’ right-hander Taylor Volkmann quickly erased the first two batters, but a walk to No. 8 hitter Noelle Ossenkop, a single to left by No. 9 stick Sydney Hauser and a walk to lead-off hitter and Drake recruit Libby Ryan loaded the bases.
Sammy Moss had been a thorn in Volkmann’s side all day. She previously hit three long fly balls to center and left-center — one for a double and another that went for a two-base error — but there was nowhere to put her with the bases full.
Sammy Moss finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and the two RBI. Bailey Sullivan, who hit right behind Sammy Moss, added a single and two RBI. Her liner back up the middle plated Moss in the fourth to knot the contest at 1 and a RBI ground-out off Sullivan’s bat made it 2-2 in the sixth.
Outside of those two hitters, Volkmann was in control. She induced Ryan, an all-state shortstop, into three infield pop-ups and struck out seven. Mount Vernon finished with just five hits.
“Taylor really did a good job of jamming (Ryan),” Wintermote said.
South Hamilton’s offense supplied 10 hits, nine of them singles. But the Hawks (11-7) came up empty time after time when they had a chance to create separation. They stranded 10 runners on base, six of them in scoring position.
“We had a lot of people on, but we weren’t adjusting to the pitcher (Madi Speed) as well as we could have, myself included,” Alissa Moss said. “She was a little slower than we were used to.”
Ady Wintermote gave South Hamilton a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when she led off with a line-drive single to left and she eventually scored on a wild pitch. Chloe Barkema added a RBI single back up the middle in the seventh.
Volkmann and Barkema both finished 2 for 4. Marla Grubb, Breanne Diersen, Brittany Spindler and Cortney Harris all singled as well.
Spindler reached on an error and made it all the way around to third with one out in the sixth, but she could go no further as Speed got a ground-out and pop-out to end the threat.
Alissa Moss’s first-inning blast was her first of the season and the second of her career. She was clearly not happy to just push a highly-ranked team, but said the Hawks will learn from the setback.
“We’re capable of great things,” she said. “For them being a ranked team, this is the type of team we’re going to see later down the road, so we’ve just got to keep playing up to our expectations.”
Rusty Wintermote liked the attitudes of his players afterwards.
“They are very mad at themselves, but I liked the fact that they’re upset about the loss because that just means that they know what they have going forward.” he said. “They expected to win that ballgame.”
SH 2, Perry 1
Despite being outhit 8-2, South Hamilton pulled out a victory over Perry, 2-1, Friday evening at the Roland Kiwanis Tournament.
Moss provided the game-winning hit, as her fifth-inning triple drove in Taylor Ratzke to put the Hawks in front. Ady Wintermote had the team’s only other hit, a double.
Wintermote picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle. She allowed the one run in four innings of work. Katie Johnson took over in the fifth and kept the Blue Jays at bay.
Boone 3, SH 1
Tenth-ranked (Class 4A) Boone received fifth-inning solo home runs from Dianna Slight and Jaiden Huseman to overtake South Hamilton and the Toreadors went on to win the contest, 3-1, at the Roland Kiwanis Tournament on Saturday.
Johnson, who got the start in the circle, gave up eight hits in the loss.
Wintermote drove in South Hamilton’s lone run in the third inning. She was joined by Moss, Barkema and Marla Grubb with one hit each.
Ballard 1, SH 0
Third-ranked (4A) Ballard plated a run in its first at bat on a Isabell Hobbs RBI, and it’s all the Bombers needed in a 1-0 win over South Hamilton at the Roland Kiwanis Tournament on Saturday.
Volkmann allowed just three hits and struck out five for the Hawks.
South Hamilton collected six hits; Barkema and Lily Skartvedt both went 2 for 3. Wintermote and Grubb added singles.
Mount Vernon 5, South Hamilton 3
Friday at Roland
Mt. Vernon 000 101 3 — 5 5 1
S. Hamilton 100 010 1 — 3 10 1
Madi Speed and Bailey Hauser. Taylor Volkmann and Breanne Diersen. W — Speed. L — Volkmann. 2B — MV: Sammy Moss. HR — SH: Alissa Moss. RBI — MV: S. Moss (2), Bailey Sullivan (2); SH: A. Moss, Chloe Barkema.
South Hamilton 2, Perry 1
Friday at Roland
S. Hamilton 100 010 0 — 2 2 0
Perry 100 000 0 — 1 8 1
Ady Wintermote, Katie Johnson (5) and Breanne Diersen. Emma Olejniczak and Brooke Huntington. W — Wintermote. L — Olejniczak. 2B — SH: Wintermote. 3B — SH: Alissa Moss. RBI — SH: Moss.
Boone 3, South Hamilton 1
Saturday at Roland
Boone 000 021 0 — 3 8 1
S. Hamilton 001 000 0 — 1 4 3
Emily Ades, Emma Dighton (6) and Laura Anderson. Katie Johnson and Marla Grubb. W — Ades. L — Johnson. 2B — BO: Lauren Calkins (2), Jordan Trowbridge, Ades. HR — BO: Dianna Slight, Jaiden Huseman. RBI — BO: Huseman (2), Slight: SH: Ady Wintermote.
Ballard 1, South Hamilton 0
Saturday at Roland
S. Hamilton 000 000 0 — 0 6
Ballard 100 000 x — 1 3
Taylor Volkmann and Breanne Diersen. Hannah Elliott, Aby Carlin (6) and Skylar Rigby. W — Elliott. L — Volkmann. 2B — SH: Lily Skartvedt. RBI — BAL: Isabell Hobbs.