Cats take down rival AlicesMay 11, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
JASPER — Jasper’s offense turned in an 11-0 run-rule win against rival Vincennes Lincoln on Tuesday — a contrast of Monday’s 1-0 loss at Gibson Southern.
Senior Mia Werner made it happen for the Wildcats (15-2, 5-0), as she retired all nine batters she saw and recorded seven strikeouts in this Southern Indiana Athletic Conference game. Jasper went to junior Kylie Morton after Werner’s three innings.
Jasper coach Matt Pryor said Werner put everything she had in every pitch in Monday’s loss to the Titans, despite going under 100 pitches. So, what happened Tuesday was the plan all along.
“That’s what the team needed tonight is come and get three strong innings, and let’s get some ice on that shoulder and give it a break,” Pryor said of Werner.
Jasper’s offense was patient, loading the bases, all on walks, in the bottom of the first, but couldn’t bring anybody in. However, the bats couldn’t be kept from breaking out for long.
“Just seeing it the second time through, several of the girls were different places in the box,” Pryor said. “So, I like seeing them do that.”
The Wildcats mustered a couple of runs across in the bottom of the second, and did not look back. Junior Kaitlynn Mendel’s RBI single brought in freshman Kaylee Stinnett, and Mendel herself scored after a bunt from senior Kendyl Ruhe, who reached on a throwing error to first base.
Jasper took those two runs it scored in the bottom of the second, and broke it open by batting around for an eight-run bottom of the third. The Wildcats got the scoring going when senior Hannah Schwenk doubled in junior Megan Matheis, and senior Kylie Patterson drove in Schwenk on the very next at-bat, but the offensive prowess wasn’t done there.
Sophomore Hillary Springer went for a three-run blast off the scoreboard that drove in Patterson and junior Kennedy Matheis for a 7-0 edge, but Megan had a pair of three-run homers in Saturday’s 12-2 win at Forest Park, and she had another one here when her homer scored Ruhe and also sophomore Erin Mehringer.
“It was nice to see her coming around again with runners on,” Pryor said of Megan.
Pryor said today’s practice is going to emphasize a lot of bunting because of the need to move runners once the postseason comes around — and the Wildcats will need to execute their short game these next two weeks.
Jasper is set to be back at it Thursday at home against another conference rival in Evansville Harrison.
“I’m okay with the way we swing the bats aggressively, but our short game’s got to improve,” Pryor said. “So, I’d like to see that on Thursday.”
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