High School Sports

Mistakes can't stop Andale softball sweep

ANDALE — The second game of Andale's softball doubleheader with Rose Hill was rife with mistakes, including a combined eight errors, all in the final three innings.

And while Andale coach Doris Hein willingly acknowledged her frustration with the Indians' mistakes, the bright spot is her team pulled out the 8-7 win, scoring three in the bottom of the seventh inning. Pitcher Molly Hein scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Rose Hill's Keelyn Bonar.

"The errors are kind of disappointing," said Doris Hein, whose team won the first game 4-1 and ends its regular season at 17-1. "But coming back with the hits when we needed them shows some character, too. We talked a little bit about being able to bounce back from mistakes. I guess we did it at the plate, anyway."

There were a combined two errors in the first game, and Andale pitcher Sydnee Eck threw a gem, striking out 14, including three in the top of the seventh.

"My arm felt good; I felt like I was throwing well," Eck said. "I like my curveball, obviously, but (catcher) Alli (Heimerman) keeps them off balance back there."

Andale opened the second game by scoring a run in the first inning on an RBI triple by Eck, and then added another run when Eck's groundout scored Julie Lies from third.

Rose Hill (16-4) tied the score in the fourth when sophomore Ashton Wheeler hit a two-run homer over the right-field wall.

But in the fifth inning, defense faltered.

Multiple errors, including a high throw to first, led to two Andale runs. Instead of taking that 5-2 lead and cruising to the win, Andale's own defense stumbled. Bonar reached on a pop-up to first because the strong wind pulled the ball and it dropped. Eck failed to make a catch from Heimerman at third, and Bonar scored when the ball went into the outfield. Dakota Williams then scored for Rose Hill on another Andale error.

"We talked about that in the huddle, too," Hein said. "Now's not the time to be doubting ourselves. We should be making all the routine plays by now, be playing with enough confidence that we can handle them."

Rose Hill took advantage of another Andale error in the seventh and scored three runs — one on a Bailey Santo single and two on Aubby Schlegel's single. While Rose Hill had a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the inning, the Rockets failed to hang on.

"We really just focused on see the ball, hit the ball," Molly Hein said. "That's all you can do. You can't think, 'oh my gosh, this game is up to me.' It's one hit at a time, one pitch at a time."

Eck reached on a Rose Hill error and stole second and third. She scored when Kelsey Harlow got a hit to right. Heimerman followed with a single, Hein reached on an error.

And when Hein, on third base, saw the pitch to Jessica Scheer was high, she raced for home.

"They always have the green light over here (at third) as far as a passed ball," Doris Hein said.

Andale 4, Rose Hill 1

Rose Hill000 000 1 — 1 7 1 Andale030 001 X — 4 9 1

W—Eck. L—Bonar. HR—Team, player.

Andale 8, Rose Hill 7

Rose Hill000 202 3 — 7 8 5 Andale101 030 3 — 8 7 3

W—Eck. L—Bonar. HR—Rose Hill: Wheeler.