Windsor’s Waterland calls her own home run shot in softball victory
September 11, 2010
Most baseball fans have heard about Babe Ruth’s called shot when he pointed to center field in the 1932 World Series and then hit a home run to the same spot on the next pitch.
Windsor High School cleanup hitter Ashleigh Waterland had her own version of the called shot.
In the fourth inning of a Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference girls softball game in which Waterland’s Windsor Wizards led the Sterling Tigers 6-0, Waterland was in the on-deck circle, turned to assistant coach Kyle Stapleton and said: “If I hit a home run over the fence, I don’t have homework for two weeks.”
On the second pitch of Waterland’s at bat, the 5-foot-11 senior smacked a home run over the left field fence to put the Wizards up 7-0.
“I called that one. Maybe I have to do it more often to get it going,” Waterland said. “I had a good feeling. I came out strong and kept positive. That was like a little joke. I was like, ‘Hey, why not try?’ “
Waterland delivered on her called shot, but it turns out after the game that Stapleton, who teaches Waterland in a government class, didn’t agree on the no homework for two weeks deal.
“I didn’t make that deal,” Stapleton said. “I said no deal on that, and I’m glad I said that.”
Not only did Waterland hit a home run, but she also tripled and a singled, and Wizards junior pitcher Tayler Hall gave up one hit and struck out nine as the pair helped lead the Wizards to a 10-0 victory over the Tigers in Windsor on Tuesday.
The Wizards (3-1, 5-4) scored four runs in the second inning with the big hit coming on a two-run single by Kendall Johnson. The Wizards added two runs each in the third, fourth and fifth innings and ended the game in five innings on singles by Christina Nelson and Waterland against the Tigers (0-2, 0-4).
Hall gave up a double in the fourth to Sterling catcher Madison Kiel for the Tigers’ only hit of the game.
Waterland, Johnson and No. 9 hitter Lauren Snodgrass each had two RBI, while Nelson and Hall each knocked in a run for the Wizards.
Waterland, 17, put her talents on display in last year’s 4A state tournament by pounding out two home runs and a double among her five hits in three state playoff games.
Waterland, a center fielder, is the only senior starter and is starting for the third straight year.
“I’m really trying to keep the girls motivated and pushing them to be the best they can be so we can keep our team going strong,” Waterland said. “We have a bunch of good girls who are always out here to play hard and play the game that they love.”
Wizards head coach Sandi Cumings said Waterland is a leader who was voted a co-captain by her teammates.
“They look up to her, so it’s important that she’s consistent and plays well, and she always has a good attitude,” Cumings said.
GAME NOTES: Hall walked just one Tiger in the game. “She was outstanding. She threw really hard and looked like she had that good riseball that started about mid waist and was out of the strike zone most of the time and we still swung at it,” Tigers head coach Bob Knudson said. “She did a really good job of setting us up with that.” . . . Hall said her screwball, curveball and changeup were working for her. “I had a good warmup and it felt good,” Hall said. . . . Tigers pitcher Morgan Colborn ran into some tough luck by giving up six unearned runs to go with her eight strikeouts. “She threw well enough to keep us in the game,” Knudson said.
WINDSOR 10, STERLING 0
SHS 000 00 – 0 1 2
WHS 042 22 – 10 10 0
SHS – Morgan Colborn (W, 10H, 4ER, 4BB, 8SO) and Madison Kiel. 2B – Kiel.
WHS – Tayler Hall (W, 2-2, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 9SO) and Christina Nelson. HR – Ashleigh Waterland (solo in 4th). 2B – Hall. 3B – Waterland. RBI – Waterland 2, Kendall Johnson 2, Lauren Snodgrass 2, Nelson, Hall.