Warsaw Lady Cats Roar In Softball Tournament

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The Warsaw girls softball team defeated all four of their opponents in fine fashion on Saturday to capture the championship of the round robin Warsaw tournament. The girls battled the heat along with the other teams, but having three aces on the pitching staff and a deep roster obviously gave Warsaw a huge advantage. Head Coach Steve Larson commented, "I have the privilege and the luxury of having 12 quality players that can play various positions."
The now 13-1 Lady Cats rolled though the first three games, beating Wright City 12-1, Lamar 13-1, Marshall 11-1 and the North County Lady Raiders 6-0  in the championship game. The pairings worked out as  planned as both Warsaw and North County came into the final contest at 3-0 on the day.
Kylee Fajen went the first five innings allowing only two hits but was taken out because of her total pitch count for the day. Kya Schepker would come in and pitch the final inning of the six inning affair that was called because of the time factor.
The Lady Cats would score two in the second against Kiersdan Davis, who wasn’t overly fast but had good control early on. Warsaw would send several well hit balls in the air with enough hang time to be caught. Then, Fajen would lead off the second inning by beating out a bunt. Schepker would then single with a hard hit ground ball to second. Fajen would go to third. Kiersten Grobe would hit a long fly to score Fajen while Schepker was held at second. Ambri Simons would double and advance to third on a ball hit by Karlie Jones that was misplayed by Davis. Taylor Howe would double and A. Simons would score to give the Wildcats the 2-0 margin.
It would stay that way until the fifth when Payge Adair would drive in Aubrie McRoberts and then the back-breaking play of the game would unfold. With runners Aspen Whitaker, who pinched ran, on third and Adair on first, Schepker would send a shot into dead center field that cleared the fence by several feet for a three run blast.
In the nine o’clock game, Fajen would pitch the Lady Cats to a 11-1 victory allowing three hits, one run and striking out eight. They scored two in the first, five in the third and two in the sixth. McRoberts was 2-3 with two ribbies. Simons went 2-4 and Howe was 3-4 with a ribbie.
In their second game, they defeated Lamar  in a pretty good contest until the fifth inning when the Lady Cats exploded for eight runs. Payge Adair pitched the five inning game allowing one run on three hits and struck out three. Taylor Howe caught the game and did a great job in place of Shelby, who would catch the other three on the day. Shelby would hit one out with McRoberts on board for all of the runs Adair would actually need. Shelby went 3-4 with three ribbies.
In the third contest, Warsaw beat Marshfield 11-1. The Lady Cats scored five in the third. Schepker tripled, Shebly singled, Grobe sacrificed and McRoberts doubled. Fajen got the win as she went six innings on three hits and struck out eight.
We apologize for lack of space in that we couldn’t detail every game. The Lady Cats played great defense all day and were a terror on the base paths as usual. Kinsten Cunningham was rock steady in left field. Howe and McRoberts made several good plays in the infield as well as several others. Everyone needs to get out and see this team play as they are an exceptional group of girls and are well coached.
  Pictured front row  (L-R) Emma Payne, Aubrie McRoberts, Taylor Howe, Ambri Simons, Kinsten Cunningham, Kya Schepker, Rayni Simons, Madison Coskey, Sydney Costello; back row (L-R) Aubri Umlauf, Aspen Whitaker, Kiersten Grobe, Kylee Fajen, Payge Adair, Karlie Jones, Isis Pierson, Reagan Shelby, Kylee Clevenger, Kaylee Lawson, Coach Dennis Larson, Coach Steve Larson. Not Pictured, Coach Eierman.