It was a long wait, but in the end it was worth it for the Wadena-Deer Creek softball team. The Wolverines cruised to a 15-0 victory over the Staples-Motley Cardinals on April 23 in Wadena.
The Wolverines wasted little time in starting the new season with a bang as they scored five runs in each of the first two innings, before adding three in the third and two in the fourth to end the game by the mercy rule.
“It was super fun and we had a lot of energy,” Wadena-DC’s Casey Volkmann said. “It feels really good to be on the winning end of a run-ruled game. It was super fun.”
Volkmann earned the complete game win in the circle. She allowed just two hits, while striking out one batter and walking one and hitting one. She received solid defense behind her which started in the first inning when Courtny Warren snagged a line drive and fired to second for a double play. The Wolverines were perfect defensively, not committing a single error, which made it easy for Volkmann to attack the Cardinals lineup.
“It is super good to have that defense behind me because, it takes a lot of that pressure off of my shoulders as a pitcher,” Volkmann said. “I know I can trust them to be there. If I get hits off of me, I don’t really care as much when I know they have my back.”
The Wolverines wasted little time in releasing their pent up energy. They stole eight bases in the game and collected nine hits. They took advantage of nine walks and three hit batters.
“We have had six weeks inside and it was just crazy,” Volkmann said. “We all enjoy the game so much, so it didn’t feel like it was that long. But, it’s super nice to be out here and playing a game.”
Volkmann finished with a pair of hits, pair of runs scored and three runs batted in. Lila Lohmiller added two hits and two runs scored. Laura Krause had a hit and three runs scored, while Warren and Amber Moen each had a hit and two runs batted in.
“I’m very proud of the girls in how they played a full game. They had their heads in the game offensively and defensively the whole way out and that was one of our big goals this year,” Wadena-DC head coach Tracy Jack said. “To start off the season being able to do that was a really good feeling.”
The first six batters reached base and the first five batters came around to score in the first inning for the Wolverines. Volkmann delivered a run scoring single and Warren followed with a two-run triple, which helped key the five-run inning.
The onslaught continued in the second inning with Laura Krause and Mackenzie Carsten bringing home runs with RBI singles. The Wolverines added three more in the third with a two-run single from Moen. Volkmann put the finishing touches on the game with a two-run double, invoking the mercy rule.
The victory starts off a busy week of games for the Wolverines. They return to action with a doubleheader on Tuesday against Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at 4 p.m. The Wolverines travel to Park Rapids Area on Thursday, before hosting Perham on Friday.
S-M 0 0 0 0--0 2 2
WDC 5 5 3 2--15 9 0
WP: Casey Volkmann
LP: Mcayla Richards