Lady Wolverines looking to take one more step

Waverly senior Wendi Hammond will look to lead the Wolverines to a win today in the New York State Class B quarterfinals.

DeWITT – Waverly’s Lady Wolverines softball team achieved one goal on Saturday by taking the Section IV Class B title – the first in program history — with a 2-1 win over Susquehanna Valley.

If Waverly is to achieve its ultimate goal, the Wolverines will have to go through an Oneida team that stands at 22-1 on the season.

The New York State Class B quarterfinal is at 5:30 p.m. today at Carrier Park in East Syracuse.

The Indians win with steady pitching, good hitting and strong defense. Kyra Shlotzhauer averages just over a strikeout an inning with 150 in 135 innings. Her ERA is a solid 1.3 as she has allowed 36 runs — 25 of which were earned – on 83 hits and 20 walks.

Offensively, the Indians hit at a .380 clip led by Kaylin Curro’s .518 average. All of her 44 hits on the year are singles, but she does have 20 steals. Lauren Skibitski has a .429 batting average and leads the team in doubles with seven, triples with two and RBIs with 29. Her 35 runs are second only to Shlotzhauer’s 36. Olivia Friend has a .406 batting average with 28 RBIs and one of the team’s eight home runs.

Sidney Lusher has a .391 batting average while Shlotzhauer hits at a .386 clip and matches Alyssa Gienger for the team lead in homers with two.

The guess here is that the Wolverines will see plenty of small ball this evening.

Waverly counters with stellar pitching, timely hitting and good defense.

When talking about the Wolverines, you have to start with Albany commit Wendi Hammond. The senior pitcher is averaging an astounding 2.1 strikeouts per inning and has allowed 11 runs – seven of which were earned – on 42 hits and 11 walks for a 0.42 ERA. Included in her 12 shutouts, two with help from Hali Jenner, are four no-hitters and a combined no-hitter.

Hammond also leads the offense with a .533 batting average. Included in her 32 hits are eight doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. With 50 runs scored in 60 at bats, she also has 22 walks for a .671 on base average and sports a 1.333 slugging percentage and a 2.004 OPS.

Catcher Riley Hall has a .500 batting average with eight doubles, four homers, 27 RBIs and 25 runs scored. First baseman Paige Lewis has come on at the plate of late and is now hitting .321 with five doubles and a triple, and third baseman Jenner hits at a .311 clip with five doubles and 25 runs.

All four are 2019 IAC Large School South first-team All-stars and Hammond was a first-team All-state pitcher in 2018 (the 2019 All-state nods will come out after the season).

Also aiding that group defensively are Kari VanAllen in center field and shortstop Morgan Adams. Both have on base averages over .400.

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