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Kasey McNab strikes out 12, as Wildcats play well at home

April 30, 2008

Elly Schmitz stretches out and catches the throw for the out at first base.

Elly Schmitz stretches out and catches the throw for the out at first base.
Southwestern United senior pitcher Kasey McNab twirled a 12 strike-out performance last Tuesday (April 22),
Southwestern United senior pitcher Kasey McNab twirled a 12 strike-out performance last Tuesday (April 22), as the Wildcats played one of their best games of the season, hosting Adrian Area (Adrian/ Ellsworth) at Brewster.

The Dragons utilized the strong hitting and pitching of freshman Karli Meyer to post a 9-0 victory over the Wildcats, but McNab”s 12 strike outs and several stellar defense plays by SWU were positives for the home team.

”Despite getting beat by nine runs, this was one of our best games of this season,” praised Wildcat head coach Les Knutson. “Kasey really pitched well, throwing all seven innings and recording 12 strike outs. We hit the ball pretty well, but the Dragons did not have an error in the game. We also made some nice plays in the field ourselves.”

With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 0-9 on the season and will be doing some traveling before coming home for a non-conference game Monday (May 5) against Granada-Huntley-East Chain/ Martin Luther.

SWU played a conference game at Mountain Lake yesterday (Tuesday, April 29) and will play at Sanborn (vs. Red Rock Central) Thursday and at Luverne Friday in a make-up game. Next Tuesday, May 6, the Wildcats play at Edgerton and then will host Murray County Central on Thursday (May 8) before hosting a six-team tournament (at both Brewster and Okabena) Saturday, May 10.

”It is going to be a busy two weeks of games,” says Knutson. “Hopefully, we can continue to improve and be ready to play our best by the time we host the Wildcat Tournament May 10.”

Against Adrian Area last Tuesday, McNab pitched four scoreless innings as the Wildcats did not allow a run in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth frames.

The Dragons, however, plated a pair of runs in the first inning, scored four times in the third and added a trio of runs in the top of the seventh.

Meyer, the granddaughter of former long-time Brewster superintendent George Loudenslager, paced the AA victory as she was a perfect four-for-four at the plate, hitting a two-run double in the first, a two-run homer in the third, a single in the fifth and an RBI double in the seventh. Meyer finished with nine total bases and five RBI”s, while scoring twice.

”That was quite a day by Karli,” praised Knutson. “She hit the ball very well and also pitched a remarkable game for the Dragons.”

Meyer struck out the Wildcats seven times and only allowed three walks, while giving up four hits. She retired SWU in order in both the second inning and fourth innings, while never allowing a Wildcat runner beyond second base the entire game.

Anna Obermoller stroked a two-out single for the Wildcats in the bottom of the first inning and McNab drew a walk, putting two SWU runners on base, but Meyer worked a strike out to end the inning.

Beth Moshier led off the second inning with a well-hit single, but -- after getting to second base on a passed ball -- was doubled off by Dragon shortstop Sam Lynn, who fielded Ceilia Schmitz”s line drive and beat Moshier to the bag, ending the inning.

Obermoller got on base again in the third inning, coaxing a walk, but Lynn made the play on McNab”s grounder to end the Wildcat threat.

Eighth-grader Christine Kazemba ripped a two-out single for the Wildcats in the fifth inning, but was stranded when Dragon center fielder Mary Loosbrock chased down Sarah Schmitz”s well-hit fly ball.

McNab crushed a one-out double for SWU in the sixth, but Meyer induced a strike out and a ground out to end the inning.

April Wallace walked to lead off the seventh for the Wildcats, but Meyer retired the next three hitters and preserved her shut out.

”We did have four solid hits in the game, including McNab”s double,” declared Knutson. “Plus we put the ball in play many other times, Adrian Area just did not make any mistakes in the field.”

The Wildcats had several strong fielding plays, including a total of six solid plays by senior shortstop Sarah Schmitz. Sarah had a put out in the first inning, a ground ball assist in the second, a pair of ground ball assists in the fourth and two more in the seventh.

Moshier, a senior third baseman, had a pair of nice ground ball assists (one in the third and another in the sixth) and Kazemba made a dandy catch of a fly ball in left field in the fifth inning.

”Sarah, Beth and Christine each made good fielding plays for us,” praised Knutson. “Together they teamed up for nine of the outs. Kasey and April (catcher) teamed together for the other 12 outs.”

McNab, who walked just three batters, recorded strikeouts in each inning. She fanned two in each of the first three innings, whiffed another in the fourth and then struck out a pair in each of the fifth and sixth frames, before getting her 12th victim in the seventh.

”That really was a great pitching performance by Kasey,” concluded Knutson. “She had great control and she struck out three different hitters three times each.”

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