Anxious to continue playing after weather delays, the Lady Wolves traveled to Iola to take on the Iola-Scandinavia Thunderbirds on Monday, April 18. The match-up between the two teams is always exciting, and Monday’s game was no exception.
Katelyn Langman would hit a single in the top of the first inning, steal second base, and score on a single by Ansley Block. Unfortunately, the Wolves would not score again.
The T-Birds’ first batter reached on a walk and stole her way all the way to home plate. Their third batter would also reach on a walk, steal second, and score on an error, as Iola’s fifth batter of the first inning reached base. A good defensive play by second base, Megan O’Brien, would end the first inning. The T-Birds also would not score again in the game. The remainder of the game was all defense and pitching.
A series of unfortunate events – from getting caught stealing, to passed balls, to getting caught in a pickle, to stepping on the plate while attempting a bunt, to being called out for a lane running violation – would prevent the Lady Wolves from getting base runners in scoring position.
But as the Wolves always do, they make the game exciting. Krista Braun would go the distance on the mound, throwing a no-hitter. However, walks and very aggressive base running by I-S would plague the team. Only three sophomores, Katelyn Langman, Ansley Block, and Wendy Kons, would get hits.
The fourth inning was the highlight of the Wolves defense. Iola’s first batter reached on a walk. The second batter flied out to right fielder, Kayla Johnson. Johnson immediately threw the ball into infield in an attempt to throw out the runner before tagging up, however, a fielding error allowed the runner to tag. The runner then attempted to steal second base as the ball went rolling. Pitcher Krista Braun ran to the ball and fired it to shortstop Kali Draeger, who tagged out the runner. This was already the Lady Wolves’ third double-play on this early season. The third batter would reach on a walk. She attempted to steal second base, but Catcher Wendy Kons would not allow it, as she fired the ball perfectly downfield to shortstop Draeger, who tagged the runner out in the steal attempt.
Braun went the distance on the mound and also lead the team defensively. She struck out 5 batters, threw out 2 runners, while giving up 8 walks. T-Birds pitcher struck out 8 batters, while giving up 4 hits and 1 walk. The T-Birds committed no errors on the field.
The Wolves were scheduled to play the next two games at home on April 19 against Oshkosh Lourdes and April 21 against Bonduel, but Tuesday’s snowstorm caused the Wolves to now have 5 games postponed for the season.