Bickley, Brickner bring Calvert a sectional title
A week ago when St. Wendelin came to Calvert, Meghan Reiter outdueled Nicole Bickley and the Mohawks escaped town with 1-0 win.
Fast forward seven days. St. Wendelin again came to Calvert and this time the stakes were much higher – a sectional title was on the line.
The Senecas flipped the script on the Mohawks. Bickley outdueled Reiter, and also backed her own cause with some offensive pop, giving Calvert its first sectional title since 2009 after a 4-0 victory.
Bickley tossed a six-hit shutout, walking one and striking out four
Kate Brickner started the Calvert offense with an RBI double in the third, helping the Senecas take a 2-0 lead. The two runs turned out to be good enough for Bickley, but she gave herself a bit of insurance, ripping a two-out double in the fifth, driving in two and providing the final margin.
Brickner had two hits with Allison Huss also picking up a base hit. Meridith Lucius scored twice and Taylor Ritzler also scored a run.
For St. Wendelin, Allie Rutter and Sammie Digby had two-hit days with a double included in Rutter’s totals.
Reiter gave up just four hits, but also allowed four runs, none of which were earned. She struck out six.
Calvert moves to the Division IV district semifinals at Fremont Ross. The Senecas will play the winner of today’s Old Fort-Fremont St. Joe game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Big Red score 4 in seventh to advance
PLYMOUTH – Buckeye Central’s season ended in a tough way.
Three outs away from advancing to the district semifinals, the Buckettes held a 9-6 lead over the host Big Red.
But Plymouth rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh, and moved on with a 10-9 victory over Buckeye Central.
“We got a little nervous at the end on defense and let them come back,” said BC coach Roger Durnwald, whose team’s season ended at 10-16.
Miranda Wurm took the loss in the circle spoiling what had been a big day offensively. Wurm blasted home run, scored twice and drove in three runs.
Sierra Hanes also had a big day with three doubles and four RBIs.
Four Big Red players hit doubles in the win.
Tigers roll past Eagles
ATTICA- Seneca East’s Rachel Bauman gave up one run, three hits and fanned five during the Tigers’ 8-1 sectional romp of Colonel Crawford.
Colonel Crawford managed to get on the board first with a run at the top of the second.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers’ C.J. Linkey led off with a single. Mykayla Ruffing followed up with a fielder’s choice where both runners were safe, and Bauman singled to load the bases.
With bases loaded, Paige Reichert crushed a grand slam to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
Seneca East was able to keep Eagles’ bats at bay for the remainder of the game and added four runs over the fifth and sixth innings to close out the scoring.
Seneca East coach Steve Coppes said the Tigers also did the job defensively.
“Our defense seemed shaky during certain points this year,” said Coppes. “But to see it come together like it did today, gives us a lot of confidence moving forward.”
Gangwer shuts out H-L as Lakota rolls
KANSAS – Morgan Gangwer pitched a three-hit, five inning shutout, and Lakota scored seven runs in the third inning en route to run ruling Hopewell-Loudon in a Division IV sectional final, 10-0.
Gangwer struck out a pair and walked one, and helped herself by doubling, scoring and driving in a run.
The Raiders were led on offense by Aspen Ray, who doubled, tripled, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Sam Miller also had two hits and scored a run.
Hopewell-Loudon got two of its three hits from Kassie Welly, and dropped to 3-18. Kelsey Coppus took the loss.