SYCAMORE – To say that the Mohawk Warriors have a potent offense is an understatement.
Ridgedale, unfortunately, got to experience it.
The Warriors used three 3-run innings, fueled by three extra-base hits, to defeat the visiting Rockets 10-0 in five innings in a Northern 10 Conference softball game.
“They hit the ball hard,” Ridgedale coach Rick Ferguson said. “They are the hardest-hitting team I’ve seen in a while, definitely the hardest-hitting in this league.”
Mohawk (12-5, 6-4) banged out 10 hits, including two doubles and a 3-run home run by lead-off hitter Cam Kohlenberg. It was her league-leading fifth round-tripper. The Warriors have scored 168 runs, nearly 10 per game.
“We are getting back to hitting the ball hard all the way through,” Mohawk coach David Trusty said. “When your ninth hitter (Chelsea Clinger) hits a double and you’re back to Cam, you know it’s going good.”
The Warriors scratched out a run in the first on a Kohlenberg double and two ground balls. After that, there was no more scratching. They scored three in the second on just one hit, three more in the fourth on the Kohlenberg blast and three in the fifth on five singles and a walk.
Ridgedale (7-11, 6-8) had five hits and only struck out twice but couldn’t bunch hits.
“We were hitting the ball,” Ferguson said. “We just couldn’t hit the gaps.”
Carli Swisher, Hannah Ferguson, Brooke Bullock, Chelsea Brenzo and Caitlyn Lust all singled for the Rockets. Ferguson absorbed the loss on the mound.
Hannah Jordan was the winner for Mohawk, recording two strikeouts and one walk.
“Hannah is not a line-’em-up, set-’em-down pitcher,” Trusty said. “The defense helps. Kenzie Sowers in left field made three great catches.”
“We’re having a little trouble putting a complete game together,” Ferguson said. “Hannah was not hitting her spots today. She’s pitched over 90 innings, and she had an off night.”