TRENTON — Wesclin pitcher Christine Kalmer doesn't mind letting her infield do a lot of the work for her.
Kalmer allowed only four hits as the Warriors ran their record to 4-0 with a 4-1 win over the Lebanon Greyhounds on Monday.
Kalmer induced 13 infield outs, a number that includes two double plays, in the game.
"(Catcher Rebecca Franks) calls the pitches, I pitch them and I let my infield do the work,'' Kalmer said.
Kalmer also struck out seven. She kept the Lebanon hitters off balance, often starting off with her favorite pitch, the drop curve.
"We kept them off balance at the plate,'' first-year Wesclin coach Cassi Brown said. "Christine made them hit her pitch. They went after what she was throwing, and we got the groundballs and let our defense work, which I think is a big strength for us right now.''
The Warriors have gotten off to a good start under Brown, a Wesclin High graduate who played last spring at McKendree College.
"It's a good feeling,'' Brown said. "The girls are working hard, and I think it is paying off. I think the girls are seeing that, and it's making them work even harder. I think if we stay with this mentality, it will be a good season for us.''
Kalmer also had a two-run single during a three-run, third-inning rally by the Warriors.
Brittany Rakers added a solo homer in the fifth inning for the Warriors.
Rakers showed off her power as her line drive to straightaway center field carried over the fence.
"I even asked her, 'Brit, did you know it was going over?''' Brown said. "She said, 'No.' That's what I preach to them. We're going to swing for base hits, and when you get extra-base hits or home runs, it's that extra little bonus.''
The Greyhounds dropped to 0-3.
Lebanon pitcher Hailey Cummings gave up six hits, while striking out six and walking three.
"She didn't pitch a bad ballgame, we just didn't get any runs,'' Lebanon coach Hank Feldt said of Cummings. "If you are going win consistently, you're going to have to score four or five runs a game at least.''
Like many metro-east teams, the Greyhounds have played a limited number of games due to the wet and cold weather so far this spring.
Feldt feels like the Greyhounds will come around once they get some games under their belt.
"You never know what kind of team you've got,'' Feldt said. "This is only our third game. Two weeks ago, we played a doubleheader, and it was so cold that I turned blue up at Collinsville. Unbelievable. What do you say? We'll be all right.''
In the third inning, the Warriors loaded the bases on a one-out walk by Alicia Brueggemann, a bloop single behind first base by Madison Rypien and an error off a sacrifice bunt by Rakers.
Franks hit a grounder back to Cummings, who threw home for a force out. However, the runner was called safe because the catcher didn't have her foot on the plate.
Kalmer then singled up the middle, driving home Rapien and Rakers and putting the Warriors up 3-0.
The Greyhounds pushed across a run in the seventh inning on a single by Kara Koester, an error on a sacrifice bunt by Madison Dauch and a single by Mallory Schmitt.
Kalmer escaped the two-on, no-out jam by getting back-to-back grounders to Brueggeman at third base, the first resulting in a force out and the second resulting in a double play.
"I think our defense helps us a lot, and our offense is getting better,'' Kalmer said. "I'm confident in my team.''
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