BASCOM - It wasn't the number of hits, but the type that set Taylor Kirian's day apart.
The junior's 3-for-4 day Tuesday featured three home runs, including a grand slam, as the Blue Jackets beat back Hopewell-Loudon 10-7 in Midland Athletic League play.
Kirian ended with seven RBIs, adding a two-run round-tripper and a solo shot to go with her second grand slam of the year. She has eight homer so far this spring.
She also earned the win, scattering 10 hits, six strikeouts, four walks and a hit batter to improve to 4-4 in the circle.
Kara Scherger backed her by going 4 for 4 with a triple for the Blue Jackets (4-4, 1-0 MAL). Morgan Noftz added a solo homer and another run, Lauren Zoeller and Hailey Theis each doubled and Sandra Acree and Brittany Gillig both singled twice.
Kelsey Coppus took the loss for H-L (3-7, 0-1), which trailed 7-0 after the top of the second inning.
Racquel Hossler went 3 for 4 for the Chieftains, Shelbi Sauber scored twice and singled, Abby Park scored twice and chased in two runs with a triple and single, and Coppus singled twice.
Fifth inning rush
Seneca East erased a 2-0 deficit with a three-run fifth and kept Calvert scoreless from there Tuesday in a 3-2 Midland Athletic League win.
Rachel Bauman struck out 13 for the Tigers.
Lauren Sprenger registered the only extra-base hit of the game, clobbering a triple for the Tigers.
Kate Brickner singled twice and scored for the Senecas in the loss. Losing pitcher Nicole Bickley (1-2) added a single and a run.
Carey hammers SW
FOSTORIA - Carey struck for three runs in the top of the first and rolled from there Monday in a 9-0 Midland Athletic League win over St. Wendelin.
Katie Driggers led the Carey assault with four RBIs off two singles, a double and triple.
Winning pitcher Ali Rymer tripled for the Blue Devils and Audrey Hotelling lined two singles.
Allie Rutter took the loss for the Mohawks, with just two of the nine runs she allowed being earned.
Beth Hay doubled to give St. Wendelin one of its four hits.
Warriors get around Raiders
KANSAS - Sarah Runion doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh and Mohawk held on from there Monday in a 4-2 Midland Athletic League win over Lakota.
The Warriors (7-1, 1-0 MAL) tied the game at 2 with a run in the sixth, then took the lead on back-to-back two-out doubles by Brooke Weinandy and Runion.
Taylor McClain added two RBIs off a double and single, Allison Price doubled and Clara Adelsperger tripled and singled.
Julie Adelsperger (5-1) struck out 13 while scattering four hits and two walks.
Samantha Miller singled and scored for the Raiders. Morgan Gangwer took the loss.
Columbian comes up short against Shelby
SHELBY - Columbian coach Bess Artino said Monday's game with Shelby came down to "one big hit."
Unfortunately for Columbian, it was the Whippets who got it.
After each team scored a run in the first inning, Shelby scored once more in the fourth, giving it all the offense it needed in a 2-1 win.
The Tornadoes (1-7, 0-2 Northern Ohio League) got an RBI hit from Roni Daughenbaugh, which scored Valesha Province with TC's only run.
Paige Correll took the loss for the Tornadoes, despite striking out six and allowing just four hits.
"Paige pitched a really good game. Our defense stepped it up and came to play," Artino said.
The loss came two days after the Tornadoes secured their first win by beating Fremont Ross in the first game of a doubleheader, 4-3. TC lost the second game Saturday, 5-4.
Bellevue one-hits FHS
FOSTORIA - Laura Doenner twirled a one-hitter Monday in Bellevue's 15-0 whipping of Fostoria.
Doenner fanned five and gave up just a single to Ashlyn Roberts of the hometown Redmen.
Whittany Schalk tripled and singled for the visiting Redmen, and Daniel Maleah lined a double and two singles.
Erica Moore took the loss.
Eagles drop Buckettes
NEW WASHINGTON - Lexi Hoepf had three hits, and Colonel Crawford scored at least one run in five of the last six innings in beating Buckeye Central, 12-5.
The Buckettes (3-7, 0-1 North Central Conference) were limited to four hits in the loss, but made the most of them, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
But by that time, the Eagles had a comfortable lead.
Kendra Schultz and Sierra Hanes each drove in a run for the Buckettes, with Hanes getting two hits and scoring once.
Malynne Widman got the win in the circle for Colonel Crawford. Morgan Wurm took the loss for BC.