Raiders’ pitcher Baumle able to keep New Riegel hitters in check in three-hit shutout

FINDLAY – When you hear the sound of shattering glass, you can tell business is about to pick up. But for New Riegel, no glass broke. Nothing shattered. For a team that came into Wednesday’s Division IV regional semifinal here against Wayne Trace with 23 home runs and a .390 collective average, everything was silent.

A common feeling all season, and especially in tournament play, was that it would take a special pitching performance to shut down the Blue Jackets. Wednesday, Wayne Trace got that kind of performance from Addie Baumle.

“She was a nice pitcher,” New Riegel coach Jamie Lininger said after his team’s 1-0 loss to Wayne Trace. “She moved the ball around and we chased a lot of bad pitches. Even when we did hit the ball, I didn’t hear glass crashing, that I always say that you know it’s coming off the bat hard.”

New Riegel’s offensive accolades were no secret coming into Wednesday’s game. Baumle said she knew what she was going to face once she stepped in the circle, and said the challenge pushed her to bring her best effort.

“It makes me want to work that much harder, get all my spins working,” she said.

Baumle held the mighty Blue Jackets to just three hits, and struck out eight in the winning effort. Even her coach, and father, admitted he didn’t think they’d be able to completely shut down New Riegel’s offense. But there still was a great deal of confidence in what she could do when the softball was in her hands.

“If you would’ve told us we would’ve come in here and shut New Riegel out, I’d say ‘You’re crazy.’ I really would have,” Jack Baumle said. “But with the control that Addie has, we were confident coming in with her,” Jack Baumle said.

“She just hits her spots. We can tell her where to put it and she usually hits it within a couple inches it seems like. She just can throw the ball.”

She didn’t just have control of her pitches, but had control of the entire game.

Sometimes, once a lineup get a look at a pitcher, the hitters are able to adjust the second and third time around. Wednesday the opposite happened. Once Baumle went through the lineup once, she got the confidence that she could roll through the rest of the game.

“Bout third, fourth inning,” she said when asked when she knew she had control. “Once I got through the lineup and they didn’t really hit me at all, I knew the top of the lineup was coming up but I handled them well the first time through, so I felt pretty good about it.”

And she felt pretty good after retiring New Riegel’s 1-2-3 hitters in order in the sixth inning, feeling that her team was ready to grab the win.

“I knew that sixth inning was the top of their lineup so I knew next inning was going to be the middle,” she said. “They didn’t hit so well, first (couple) of them got on the bases. I felt fine about it. Then I thought we’re not going into extra innings. It’s not going happen. We’re scoring and we’re getting out of here.”

According to coach Baumle, it was Addie’s movement that played the biggest factor in Wednesday’s performance.

“Addie’s got great control, and she moves the ball,” he said. “She’s got a great rise, her curve moves. If they can’t get good solid contact, you can’t put it out. They got a couple of them, a couple line drives there, but that’s what it takes. You got a good hitting team, you got to have a pitcher that can move the ball.”

Lininger said after the game that it was Baumle’s rise ball that gave his team a lot of problems at the plate.

“She was throwing a little bit of rise ball; we were chasing that a lot,” he said. “You don’t really see that at our level too much. I think we’ve seen one pitcher this year, the Bishop Ready pitcher that threw a nice rise ball. Other than that, we don’t really see it.”

Wednesday his team saw it, but just couldn’t hit it.