NEW RIEGEL - Lauren Ladd hadn't played softball for New Riegel since her freshman year. Monday, the senior made up for time lost.
Ladd singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Blue Jackets edged Gibsonburg 2-1 in the season-opener for both teams.
The Blue Jackets nearly won the game in the bottom of the seventh. Taylor Kirian launched a shot that Gibsonburg left fielder Filomena Mendoza caught at the top of the fence.
New Riegel’s Lauren?Ladd drives home the game-winning run in the ninth inning of Monday’s game against?Gibsonburg.
PHOTO BY KYLE HUNTER
After hitting the ground to field the ball, New Riegel’s Leah Bouillon makes the toss to first baseman Hailey Theis during Monday’s game against?Gibsonburg.
New Riegel struck first, with Taylor Arbogast tripling in Kirian in the fourth.
The Golden Bears knotted the game with a run in the fifth.
It stayed that way until the ninth.
Lauren Zoeller led off the bottom of the frame with a single and went to third on Brittany Gillig's groundout. Ladd then singled to left.
Kirian scattered six hits in a complete-game effort to get the win. She fanned two and walked one.
Zoeller and Kirian each ended 2 for 4, with Kirian also doubling. Gillig doubled and Morgan Noftz and Kara Scherger both singled.
Allie Teeple went 2 for 3 for the Golden Bears, driving in Lindsay Perales, who singled.
Elena Mancha, Abby Cantrell and Samantha Hannigan each singled.
Wurms fuel Bucks in opener
NEW WASHINGTON - Miranda Wurm knocked in two runs and doubled Monday as Buckeye Central doubled up Seneca East 4-2 in the season-opener for both.
Seneca East scored both of its runs in the first inning, but Wurm helped the Bucks take the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third.
Buckeye Central tacked on another run in the fifth to help Morgan Wurm get the win. She also had a single and RBI.
Miranda Wurm added a run and a single, Hailey Hildebrand went 2 for 3, and Sierra Hanes chipped in a run, single and RBI.
Alyssa England doubled for the Tigers, Kayleen England went 2 for 3 with a run, Paige Reichert singled twice and Cameil Ruffing added a single and RBI.
Rachel Bauman took the loss.
Upper Sandusky powers past Kenton
KENTON- Upper Sandusky took control early with eight runs in the second inning to put away Kenton, 14-1.
The Rams added another run in the fifth and finished out the sixth by plating five more runs.
Kenton was able to put one on the board in the sixth inning before the Rams secured the victory.
Sara Gier pitched three innings and gave up four hits with two strike outs to earn the win for the Rams.
Kelsi Knapp led the Rams with two hits and three runs while Maranda Stansbery, Katie Taylor and Justeen Searfoss each added two runs.
Stockaders knock back Presidents
MARION - Mackenzie Ward homered and Allison Adelsperger went 3 for 4 Monday to key Old Fort's 6-2 season-opening win over Marion Harding.
Jordan Magers added a double and run for the Stockaders, Ward ended with two RBIs, Adelsperger had a run and RBI and Addi Reineck singled and scored.
Alyssa Pence picked up the win against the Presidents, fanning four in five innings. Magers also pitched.
Home run out of Hopewell-Loudon's Park
BASCOM- Abby Park's home run helped make it a successful debut for Hopewell-Loudon coach Danielle Reinahrt as the Chieftains topped Norwalk St. Paul, 10-3.
St. Paul was scheduled to host the game, but it was moved to Bascom, though the Flyers remained the home team.
The Chieftains blasted out two runs in the top of the first to gain an early lead.
The Flyers were held scoreless until the fourth, yet by that time Hopewell-Loudon had already taken control with eight more scores.
Park had three hits, two runs and two RBIs in the contest, while Kelsey Coppus and Emma Kirby also brought in two runs. Sierra Beers, Michelle Welly and Makayla Wilson each contributed a run in the win.
Kelsey Coppus picked up the win in the circle, striking out 12 and allowing four hits in her seven innings of work.