Lakota routs Panthers, reach finals

FREMONT – Lakota had one defensive lapse. Two errors on one play turned into an early St. Mary run in a Division IV district semifinal at Fremont Ross. Outside of that, the day belonged to the Raiders.

Morgan Gangwer tossed a two-hitter while seemingly everyone in the Lakota lineup had hits of their own as the Raiders topped the Panthers, 11-1 in six innings.

Lakota plays Calvert 5 p.m. Friday back in Fremont for the district title.

After falling behind in the second inning, Lakota rallied for three in the bottom half of the frame, taking control.

Hits by Brianna Ray and Sam Miller produced runs in the third as Lakota scored in every inning from there on out, culminating in five in the sixth to end the game.

“Really the whole lineup hit the ball well today,” Lakota coach Chris Chalfin said. “Which, when you get in these type of situations, when you start to advance in the tournament, you got to have more than one or two hitters carrying you. Really, all the way through the batting order, we hit the ball well.”

Gangwer drove in a run in the third and one more in the sixth, making the score 8-1 at the time. Destiney Long-Meyer followed, knocking in her second run of the day, then Aspen Ray ended things with a two-run single.

Gangwer, meanwhile kept St. Mary from getting anything going offensively, and the defense behind her played a solid game outside of the earlier miscue.

“She pitched well; she’s pitched well most of the year,” Chalfin said. “I thought she had good command today. And defensively I thought we played really well. They scored the one run when we had two errors on one play. I don’t know if we had another error other than those two.”

Tigers scratch and claw to win

SHELBY – After 10 innings of softball, The Tigers could let out a roar of relief as Seneca East topped Lucas 10-9 and advanced to the district finals Friday.

Kayleen England led the Tigers with two RBIs while Mykayla Ruffing and Caitlin Sauers each had one. Hannah Martin led the scoring with three runs, followed by Holly Bordner’s two runs while Amy Martin, Alexis Wise, CJ Linkey, Sauers and England each had one. Rachel Bauman, Bordner and Sauser each doubled while Bauman took the mound picking up the win for Seneca East.

Paige Sauder led Lucas with three RBIs. Alex Depue, Taylor Carper and Courtney Harris each had two runs. Sauder had a home run while Depue tripled and Strassell had a double. Harris handled pitching duties for the Cubs.

Magers leads league effort

FOSTORIA – Jordan Magers knocked in two runs and scored one of her own as Old Fort grabbed a 4-1 victory over St. Wendelin.

Hali Kimmet drove home a run for the Stockaders while Peyton Miller, Mackenzie Ward and Krista Ward all had one run on the day. Magers hammered out a triple and was also the games winning pitcher giving up one run and recording one strikeout over four innings of work.

Sammie Digby had one RBI and a double, while Edy Mowrey scored the Mohawks lone run. Meghan Reiter took the mound for St. Wendelin giving up four runs while striking out 12.