BASCOM A lot of things came to an end Thursday night.
PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO
Mohawk softball coach Jenny Weinandy talks to her team after Thursday’s game against?Hopewell-Loudon in Bascom.
PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO
Mohawk’s Chelsea Clinger slides safely into home, beating the tag of Hopewell-Loudon’s Kelsey Coppus Thursday in Bascom.
With Mohawk's 11-0 victory against Hopewell-Loudon, the Warriors softball team finished the year with a perfect Midland Athletic League mark of 10-0.
It was the final game for the Warriors in the final rendition of a league that the Warriors have owned in the last 15 years, winning three-fifths of the titles.
It also marked the final game for their head coach, Jenny Weinandy, who announced to her team following the game she was retiring.
"I feel old," Weinandy joked. "It's a good time. I always told myself that I would know when the best time is to go. And it's time. I still have one daughter that's a sophomore, but to me it's what I needed to decide. I had a big group of senior girls. I just think it's time for someone else to carry on the program and develop Mohawk softball even further."
The Warriors (20-5) made sure they sent their coach out on a high note, scoring all 11 runs in the first four innings with an efficient 13 hits.
On the mound, Kasey Adelsperger (12-2) ended her softball career with 11 strikeouts, just one walk and one hit, a fourth-inning single by Kassie Welly.
Adelsperger said she had an inkling this might be it for her coach.
"She's been a great coach for us for the last four years. She knows how to motivate us and get our heads in the game. It's a big loss Mohawk softball. She's had a lot of tradition the last 15 years," Adelsperger said. "We're going to miss her. Hopefully someone from the staff can pick it up and keep the tradition going."
She along with Taylor McClain, Hannah Kieffer and Brooke Weinandy all doubled. Kieffer, McClain and Clara Adelsperger all had multi-hit games.
McClain said it was nice to finish the MAL campaign with a final title.
"It means a lot to me and it means a lot that (we) as a team could come together and win it. It was one of our goals and we strived and we met it and we won it outright," McClain said. "It was hard (after Wednesday) but we did a good job of realizing we wanted to win this so we swallowed the pill and came out here ready to play tonight."
The senior catcher fought tears in the interview. Most of them left over from Wednesday when Mohawk was upset in the district semifinal tournament.
"It was a tough emotional game after the shock of losing yesterday in tournaments," coach Weinandy said. "It was another tough game today because it's the seniors last game and I really like this group of girls. They're all hard workers and they brought the team together. They'll definitely be missed."
Hopewell-Loudon coach Danielle Reinhart said she wasn't expecting any kind of let down from the Warriors.
"Their coach wouldn't them do that. Their coach is going to keep their heads up," Reinhart said. "The season is not over for them so she wasn't going to let them do that."
Her team (4-19, 1-8 MAL) played its final home game of the year with seniors Welly and Kelsey Coppus being honored before the game.
Coppus (3-13) took the loss for the Chieftains, walking one and striking out another while yielding just six earned runs.
"I think we came out pretty tough. We wanted it for our seniors. We wanted it for them," Reinhart said. "Mohawk is a great team. They have great defense. They have a lot of girls that made all-league and we could have sat down and let them go right around us. Holding them to 11 runs i pretty big feat for us and it showed we're not the team that started off the season."