Sectional Softball Roundup: Early surge plenty for Senecas in tourney opener

OLD FORT – Five players each scored twice in the first inning to help Calvert vault out 12-0 Saturday on the way to beating Bettsville 17-1 in a Division IV sectional semifinal.

The Senecas advance to face Lakota in Tuesday’s finals.

Gabby Bennett ended with three runs, and Miranda Shorts, Katie Brickner, Nicole Bickley, winning pitcher Lindsay Bickley, Jordan Gase and Margaret Bowers each scored twice.

Gase also doubled twice and singled, and Lindsay Bickley doubled.

Taylor Traut singled and scored for the Bobcats.

Melissa Harrison took the loss.

Mohawks are moving on

OLD FORT – St. Wendelin scored two unearned runs on three errors in the bottom of the seventh Saturday to clip Old Fort 2-1 in a Division IV sectional semifinal game.

Old Fort looked to be on the way to Thursday’s final against Hopewell-Loudon after Krista Ward doubled in Mackenzie Gillett in the top of the sixth to break a scoreless tie.

That inning was the first time a Stockader had reached second since the opening frame, while Old Fort’s defense had left St. Wendelin runners stranded at third in the third inning, at second in the second and fourth innings, and had a runner cut down trying to score to end the fifth.

It stayed that way until the seventh.

A pop up, single and fielder’s choice left St. Wendelin down to its final out with Sammie Digby on first.

Mikayla Gilliland then reached on an error by pitcher Alyssa Pence and Digby advanced to third.

Allie Rutter and Meghan Reiter then reached on back-to-back errors by Ward at third, with a run scoring each time.

Reiter got the win for the Mohawks, allowing just three hits.

Rams take out Crestview

SHELBY – Brigitte Snow doubled and winning pitcher Kyla Cusac doubled, singled and scored Saturday as Upper Sandusky outlasted Crestview 7-5 in a Division III sectional semifinal.

Jaya Smalley and Kelsi Knapp both singled twice for the Rams, who now play Ontario in Monday’s final.

Lexa Cheney added a double for Upper Sandusky and Katie Taylor and Sydney Piecha both singled.