Lady Cats Season Finale Concludes At Blair Oaks

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
 The 23-4 Lady Cats were lead by seven All- Conference and eight All- District players. Pictured left to right, Taylor Howe (All -Conference and All- District), Payge Adair (All -Conference, All District), Kylee Fajen (All -Conference, All District), Aubrie McRoberts (All-Conference, All District), Reagan Shelby (All- Conference, All District), Rayni Simons (All- Conference, All District), Kya Schepker (All conference, All District), and Ambri Simons ( All District.) Howe and A. Simons are freshman and the rest are juniors. 
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the Warsaw Lady Cats traveled two hours to face Blair Oaks in the regional playoffs. The Lady Cats’ season would come to an end at 23-4 with a 10-0 disappointing loss to the Lady Falcons.
Warsaw Head Coach Steve Larson commented,"The better team won on Saturday, I wish them all the luck with Bowling Green, the team that beat them for the state title last year. 
We just beat Willow Springs, yes, they had to travel three hours, but they ran into a buzz saw in Warsaw.”
Makeena Kliethermes, who is committed to Oregon, held the Lady Cats to just two hits on the day. The usually sure handed Warsaw girls made two errors on the afternoon. Kylee Fajen and Payge Adair had the only hits for the Lady Cats.
The sixth hitter in the Blair Oaks lineup,  Peyton Kusgen, went 3-4 with five runs batted in, including a two run homer in the seventh. The Wildcats were the home team on the score board.
They scored two in the first, four in the third, two in the fifth and two in the seventh. The Lady Cats ended another great season and they are already looking forward to next year. Kinsten Cunningham, the lone senior, will be missed, but the Lady Cats have several good players coming in plus six juniors who will be back for their senior season with determination to make it to the final four.
In the Sectional game, an argument could be made that the most generous person in Benton County last Wednesday was the official scorer of the Warsaw 11-1 victory over Willow Springs. The visitors were charged with just two errors when in the fact the 22-3 team coming in made several more errors in the field.
 Give the Lady Wildcats credit, though, as they took advantage of every miscue with their speed and their quick bats on their way to the easy victory and a trip to the regional on Saturday at Blair Oaks.
The rule of thumb is usually if a player does not touch the ball then it is scored a hit. In contrast, Kiersten Grobe turned the wrong way on a hard ball to the fence in right field. She recovered in time to have the ball bounce off her glove and that was scored an error. Willow Springs in contrast had high pop ups fall to the ground untouched throughout the contest and were counted as hits.
Certainly, the weather didn’t play a part as it was as nice an afternoon as one  could have hoped for to play softball. Kya Schepker pitched a marvelous game allowing just a home run to dead center field in the fifth inning  by Courtney Melvin for the only hit of the day.
Taylor Howe was hit by a pitch to start the game and scored on a double by Aubrie McRoberts, who was later thrown out at the plate trying to score. Warsaw was the visiting team on the scoreboard which made for a slight premature celebration after the Lady Cats scored their tenth run.
The Lady Cats would score six times in the fifth with Payge Adair, Howe, McRoberts and Schepkper each driving in a ribbie. The Cats would have five stolen bases on the day. Fajen had two while R. Simons, McRoberts and Howe had one. 
Sydney Miller took the loss for Willow Springs as her defense struggle behind her all afternoon.
Howe went 2-2, three runs scored and two ribbies.McRoberts went 3-4 with four runs batted in.