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Mohawk pounces on Eagles in district semifinal

By JOSH MORGRET • May 15, 2018 at 10:20 PM

SHELBY — After finding itself in a rare deficit, Monroeville bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Mohawk quickly took back any momentum the Eagles had with a three-run home run from Tess Weinandy in the next half inning.

The No. 4-seeded Warriors convincingly out-hit No. 1 Monroeville and cruised to a 10-2 Division IV district semifinal win at Shelby High School on Tuesday.

Mohawk, which improved to 17-7 overall, outhit the Eagles (22-4) by a 14-4 margin.

"They could hit and we did not," Monroeville coach Abe Helmstetter said.

Weinandy's home run pushed the Warriors' lead to 6-2 against Monroeville pitcher Carley Helmstetter. That lead remained until the sixth inning. Sydnee Leeth and Madi Chester each singled. With Leeth at third, Grace Morehart laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring Leeth. Hannah Jordan then doubled, bringing in Chester.

"We did a lot with two outs," Mohawk coach Mindy Walton said. "I don't know why, but I am OK with that. That has been a consistent this season. We get two outs, then all of a sudden, we're hitting, which I'm good with."

In the seventh inning, Leeth doubled in a run and Jordan Tyree singled in Leeth for a 10-2 lead.

Monroeville got a run back in the bottom of the seventh inning. Skiler Hershiser was hit by a pitch before Morgan Stanley singled. Taylor Reer then singled, bringing in a run, but Payton Scheid fouled out to end the game.

"We knew (Helmstetter) was quick," Walton said. "The pitchers in the (Northern 10 conference) are very, very good. We have been up against this kind of pitching all season long, so that really helped."

Mohawk, after going down in order in the first inning, got its offense going in the second. Miranda Stallard singled and went to second on a groundout. Weinandy was then hit by a pitch before Aubrie Harper laid down a bunt and reached first to load the bases.

Leeth then grounded out to second, but Stallard scored on the play. Tyree pushed the count to 2-2 before roping a double to the centerfield fence, bringing in two more runs for a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles looked to quickly respond in the bottom half of the inning. With Brooke Kime at first, Jessica Hayes walked, then Hershiser hit a ball to the left side of the infield. The Mohawk shortstop was called for interference, but Hershiser was out at first. With Kime at third and Hayes at second, Stanley laced a shot into right field, bringing both runners in and cutting the Warriors' lead to 3-2.

"We could have showed more fight, but they definitely played better than we did," Abe Helmstetter said. "That is basically the bottom line."

Helmstetter (18-2) managed to strike out 10, but allowed a season-high 14 hits and 10 runs. She did not walk a batter and threw 118 pitches. She allowed only nine earned runs in 118 1/3 innings before Tuesday.

"I don’t think she struggled," Abe Helmstetter said of his junior daughter. "I think they can hit. I give them all the credit. She executed the pitches we asked her to. They hit them. They must have scouted us really well."

Jordan consistently kept Monroeville off-balance with a variety of pitches. She gave up just four hits while striking out five.

"Her changeup kept us off balance," Abe Helmstetter said. "We did not do much at the plate. We had four hits. You are not going to win many ballgames with four hits. Credit to Mohawk all the way. They played better than we did today and they are moving on."

South Central 3, Mapleton 1

GREENWICH — The Trojans completed their season with a Firelands Conference win over visiting Mapleton on Tuesday.

With the win, South Central finished the season with a 12-14 record overall, including a 6-8 mark in the FC.

In Tuesday’s win, Sarah Oney was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Chiara Powell singled and also drove in a run for South Central. Desiree Chill had a double, while adding singles for the Trojans included Elizabeth Music, Madison Allen and Kailee Beaver.

Earning the win in the circle was Emma Keysor. She pitched all seven innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits. She struck out four and walked two.

TENNIS

Edison 5, Port Clinton 0

PORT CLINTON — The SBC Bay division champion Chargers improved to 15-1 overall and 13-0 in the Bay with a sweep over the Redskins.

At first singles, James Hill beat Andrew Fillmore (6-1, 6-0), while Bryan Johnston beat Max Brenner in a marathon at No. 2 singles (6-7 (1), 6-1, 10-5). At third singles, Carter Kramer beat Jack Kessler (7-5, 6-1).

At No. 1 doubles, Nick Lombardi and Connor Goodwin beat Cooper Kowal and John Young (6-1, 7-5). At second doubles, Nick Shupe and Lincoln Meredith topped Quincy Kowal and Noah Shaw (6-2, 6-3).

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