Friday, Oct. 05, 2012
Shut out for seniors
Archie blanks Adrian on senior night
By Stephanie Yeagle
The two star players of Archie’s 14-0 victory over Western Missouri Conference rivals Adrian Oct. 1 just happen to be cousins.
Sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Ray struck out six batters throwing to senior catcher and cousin Halie Schaefer in Schaefer’s last home game of her high school career.
“We have been playing together since we were young,” Schaefer said. “It’s been great having her for one year. I’m going to have to come back and watch her.”
After the Lady Winds took a 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning, Archie just kept pushing forward in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Schaefer hit a double, which was followed by a single from sophomore Sam Ogden, which sent sophomore Mary Kurzweil (courtesy running for Schaefer) home.
Senior Kaily Kurzweil came up next with a single, followed by a double from freshman Kristen Williams, which sent both Kaily Kurzweil and Ogden home, giving the Lady Winds a 5-0 advantage.
“I think we did fantastic,” Schaefer said. ‘We took care of business like we wanted to. I’m proud of how we ended our last home game.”
“We did a lot better than we did last time we played them,” Ray added. “We kept them to zero.”
Ray held the Blackhawks to only three hits in the game. The sophomore trades off starts with fellow sophomore Taylor Plattner.
“We have about the same amount of games,” Ray said. “I like pitching. I’m the center of attention.”
Archie continued the onslaught of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as one by one, freshman Quincy Young, junior Payton Jones and Plattner hit singles. Young got a run on Plattner’s hit, which was followed by another double from Schaefer, which gave Jones and Plattner the chance to go home and putting Archie ahead at 8-0.
The Lady Winds kept going, scoring six more runs in the inning to end the game by the mercy rule.
“It’s pretty nice,” Schafer said of beating rival Adrian. “That’s about all I can say. It’s pretty nice to stick it to them and beat them like we did.”
So even though the Schaefer, Kaily Kurzweil and fellow senior Hailey Raines ended their last home game on a high note, there were still some tears.
“I’m excited that there is going to be a new beginning,” Schafer said. “But I’m sad that this is all going to end eventually.”
Archie, 16-5, is seeded No. 3 in the Class 2, District 6 tournament held this week at Lamar, so they still have games to go.
“We do,” Schaefer said. “But not at home. None where I’m from, so it’s kinda sad.”