FINDLAY Like a light switch, things are better when Julie Adelsperger is on.
And for Mohawk hurler, her wrist flick was off Tuesday night in the Division IV district semifinal at Findlay High School.
At least it was for a couple of innings.
But when her flick was on, good things happened for the Warriors
The junior hurler struck out eight and smashed a solo homer in a 10-2 victory.
"Julie did a nice job in the beginning hitting her spots but she struggled a little bit. She said she wasn't flicking. Her flick is off," Mohawk coach Jenny Weinandy said of Adelsperger's wrist snap when she pitches. "I said 'Well, turn it back on because we really need you turn your flick back on.' That made her laugh and relax a little bit. She's a good pitcher and I'm glad I have her."
The victory moves the Warriors (22-4) into a Friday district final, where they await the winner of New Riegel and McComb, who play tonight.
When Adelsperger was cruising, namely the first five innings, she allowed just four baserunners on a pair of singles and two walks.
It was the fifth inning when Mohawk's offense really flicked on.
Leading 2-0 thanks to Adelsperger home run in the second and a Taylor McClain run-scoring double in the third, the Warriors plated five in the fifth.
Allison Price and Sarah Runion each singled and then scored again when Cambria Kohlenberg smacked a deep fly ball to right that Hanna Brian mishandled. Two batters later, McClain singled in Kohlenberg. Adelsperger followed with a hit and McClain scored on a MacKenzie Sowers single to center. Hannah Kieffer singled to drive in Adelsperger.
"I was concerned about that because we haven't played in a while," Weinandy said of the team's six-day layoff. "That was my only concern. Our practices have been perfect. Our hitting in practice has been perfect but it's a different story when you come out here on the field so I was a little concerned."
Haleigh Fleck drove in two in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 7-2 as the Tigers (16-8) collected two hits and two walks in the inning.
After scoring three more insurance runs in the sixth, Mohawk had a scare in the seventh. With two outs, Kelsey Gazarek singled and Courtney Bretz walked before Ricci Emahiser grounded out to end the game.
"We came in here with big thoughts and hopes we were going to keep with these guys and we did. We kept with these guys for four innings. It was 2-0 going into the top of the fifth inning. We still had it in our hands," North Baltimore coach Frankie Hernandez said. "They started timing up my pitcher (Cheyenne Hernandez) and they were making good hits. We couldn't get our sticks going early enough in the game."
The Tigers had just five hits on the night, a far cry from the night before.
"I'm not sure if we used all our sticks last night or what," coach Hernandez said. "Last night we came out and played St. Joe and we had 22 hits and put 14 runs on the board. Maybe our bats cooled down or whatever."