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6/17/2017 Email this articlePrint this article 
Cal-Wheat hammers Midland, topples Clinton

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

WYOMING - With high temperatures pushing the start time back an hour, the Calamus-Wheatland softball team beat the heat the best way it could.

Routing hosting Midland in short order.

The Warriors and Eagles played a pair of games, but neither made it past the third inning as Cal-Wheat crushed its hosts 15-0 and 17-0.

Nine different Warriors had hits in Cal-Wheat's 15-0 shutout with four - Katie Banowetz, Kaylie Wilhelm, Grace Elvert, and Morgan VanderHeiden - collecting two hits.

Elvert and Hannah Hamann each drove in three runs, while Banowetz and Wilhelm both scored three runs for the Warriors, who scored six runs in the first, five in the second, and four in the third.

Banowetz was nearly unhittable on the mound, surrendering just one Eagles hit, while striking out six batters.

Cal-Wheat erupted for 14 runs in the first inning of the other game, before tacking on three more in the third to help end things early.

Remarkably, the Warriors scored their 17 runs behind just 10 hits as Cal-Wheat took advantage of seven Midland walks.

Jenna Diercks led the way with three hits, including a double, while Wilhelm socked both a double and a triple, and led the Warriors with four RBIs.

VanderHeiden drove in three runs and Cal-Wheat picked up two runs apiece from Diercks, Banowetz, Charlie Hamilton, Wilhelm, Elvert, Addison Luepker, and Sammie Flagel.

Hamann earned the victory. She gave up just two hits and fanned four batters.

The Warriors returned home for a non-conference battle with Clinton Wednesday.

Again, Cal-Wheat struck fast, scoring two runs in the opening inning and then breaking things open with seven runs during the third and fourth innings.

That proved to be important, as storms arrived in the fifth inning and cut the game short with the Warriors holding a 9-4 lead.

The Cal-Wheat offense kept rolling with nine hits, five of them coming from Hamilton and Wilhelm. The former slugged her seventh home run of the season, while the latter had a team-high three hits and was one of three Warriors - Diercks and Elvert the others - to score twice in the game.

Janna Diercks slugged a double and drove in a team-best three runs, while Luepker joined Hamilton with two runs.

Hamann earned the win, shaking off a three-run first inning for the River Queens and allowing just six hits with six strikeouts.

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