Sheffield gets back in win column, vs. Kane

By TOBY KELLER

jsitler@timesobserver.com

When the Lady Wolverines found themselves in a 6-0 hole after the second inning in Wednesday’s home game against Kane, they didn’t panic. They came out the next inning, tied the game up, and eventually won after a five-run sixth inning that put them up 13-10 over the visiting Wolves.

“The same sort of thing happened to us the last time we played,” said Sheffield coach Glenn Baldensperger, whose Wolverines are 3-7. “We were down 3-0, and the next inning we came right back. So, we knew from experience that we weren’t out of this thing after that second inning. We didn’t even have to say anything to the girls. They just got going.”

Sheffield senior Zarah Pratz helped get the ball in play from the batter’s box, going 2-4 at the plate, and scoring two runs. Junior Rachel Maines was a perfect 3-3, and scored one run. Seven of the nine batters for Sheffield hit .500 or over during the game, and everyone scored at least one run.

‘The big thing for us was to get our bats going,” said Baldensperger. “In practices, we’ve been speeding up the pitching machine so that our girls are ready for some of the better pitchers they’ll have to face. We came out unprepared earlier this season, and we’ve had to refocus on our hitting. Once things started going our way, you could see it in the girls eyes. We had all of the momentum.”

Brandy Rockwell had a noteworthy snag in center field for a pop-fly out that energized the team defensively, and a few tactical changes helped the Lady Wolverines tighten up their defense after the second inning.

“We’re missing our second baseman due to an injury,” said Baldensperger. “Our team wishes her the best. She was our leading batter, and a key to defense. So, we’ve had to switch some people around, get them comfortable in different positions, and today I think we saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Things came together well for us.”

The girls now have three wins on the season, equal to the total wins they earned the previous two seasons combined, and they still have nearly 10 games left.

“Due to the weather this spring, we’re going to play seven or eight games in the next five days,” said Baldensperger. “We’ve had some down time earlier this season and now we’re ready.”

The Lady Wolverines will travel to Brockway on Thursday for a double-header.

SHEFFIELD (13): ab-h-r; Grove, 3b, 4-2-1, Maines, ss, 4-2-2, Fiscus, p, 4-3-1, Baldensperger, c, 4-2-1, Pratz, lf, 4-2-1, Rockwell, cf, 4-2-2, Orinko, dp, 4-1-1, Pierson, 2b, 4-1-2, Moore, rf, 4-1-2, Knowles, 1b, 0-0-0. Totals 36-16-13.

KANE (10): Trunen, lf, 5-1-1, Huckabane, cf, 5-3-1, Swanson, 1b, 5-1-0, Whelkey, 3b, 4-1-1, Jordan, ss, 4-0-2, Tunan, rf, 4-2-1, Swanson, dp, 4-1-1, Stanko, 2b, 4-2-2, Staniself, c, 4-0-1, Edinger, p, 0-0-0. Totals 39-13-10.

Sheffield 006 025 0 13 16

Kane 060 040 0 10 13

2b: Pratz (S). WP- Fiscus (S). LP- Edinger (K).