Prep Softball Roundup
UPPER SANDUSKY – Two days. Two games. Two last-inning wins.
Not a bad start to the season for New Riegel.
With its game against Upper Sandusky tied in top of the seventh, Morgan Noftz singled to get things going. She stole second and took third off a wild pitch. Taylor Kirian drove her in from there with a sac fly to left, enough to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win.
Kirian out-dueled Upper Sandusky’s Kyla Cusac in the circle. Kirian allowed two hits while striking out five. Cusac allowed just six hits and one earned run while striking out three.
Kirian went 3 for 3 at the plate with a double. Brittany Gillig also picked up a pair of hits.
For Upper Sandusky (1-1), Sara Gier had a base hit, scored and drove in a run. Kate Taylor also scored.
Early start fuels Bluffton win
BLUFFTON – Bluffton jumped out quickly on Carey with four runs in the first inning. Carey played the Pirates even from there, but the damage was done and the Blue Devils dropped a 6-2 decision.
Carey got a double and single from Hannah Draper, who also scored a run. Taylor Fletcher doubled and scored and Makenzie Wentling singled. Chelsea Schlack picked up an RBI.
The bulk of Bluffton’s damage was done off the bat of Mackayla Wilson. She launched two home runs and added a double in her four-RBI day. Taylor Monday doubled, scored and drove in a run. Cheyenne Treen also doubled. Five of Bluffton’s six hits went for extra bases.
Moore shuts down Old Fort in circle, at plate
FOSTORIA – Erica Moore scored, drove in a run, and pitched Fostoria to a 4-2 win over visiting Old Fort Tuesday.
Moore held the Stockaders to just three hits, pitching around four Redmen errors.
Old Fort’s Jordan Magers wasn’t as fortunate.
The Stockaders’ starter struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter, but was hurt by four Stockaders’ errors.
Fostoria managed six hits in the win. Alexus Smith had two of those hits, while Jada Hampton had one and scored twice.
Peyton Miller had two hits, scored and drove in a run for the Stockaders, who slipped to 1-1.
St. Wendelin no match for perfection
FOSTORIA – Opening Day is usually a memorable time, but for St. Wendelin, this one was one to forget.
Woodmore’s Madeline Phillips tossed a perfect game against the Mohawks, as the Wildcats won 5-0.
Phillips struck out 10 Mohawks on the afternoon.
Woodmore (2-0) scored all its runs in the first four innings. Courtney Clowers did most of the damage with two hits and three RBIs. Hana Zollinger had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run.
Wurms combine to top SC
NEW WASHINGTON – Miranda Wurm was dominant in the circle.
Morgan Wurm did damage at the plate.
We may want to get used to this tandem.
Miranda Wurm struck out six batters and allowed just one run as Buckeye Central romped South Central, 8-1.
Morgan Wurm had two hits, scored two runs and drove in three. Miranda Wurm added a pair of hits, while Skylar Johnson had two runs scored and a base hit. Maddie Fagan also singled, scored and drove in two runs.
Buckeye Central (and Miranda Wurm) improved to 2-0. It was the Trojans first game of the season.
Big fifth propels SE to first victory
CRESTLINE – This game certainly didn’t have the look of a Seneca East blowout.
On the contrary, when the Tigers went to bat in the top of the fifth inning against Crestline, they were trailing 2-1.
But by the time the Tigers had to grab their gloves for the bottom half of the fifth, the rout was on.
Seneca East scored 10 runs in the fifth inning, and cruised from there, knocking off the Bulldogs 14-3.
Kayleen England paced the Tigers’ offensive eruption, finishing the game with three hits (including a double), a run scored and four RBIs.
Paige Reichert – who also dominated in the circle – had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs for the Tigers. Hannah Martin had two hits, scored two runs and drove in a run, while Holly Bordner tripled in a run and scored.
Reichert got the win, striking out three, walking one and allowing two earned runs on seven hits.
The Tigers improved to 1-1. It was the Bulldogs’ first game.
Prep Softball Roundup
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 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.