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St. Paul softball wins tournament opener

By Norwalk Reflector staff • May 8, 2018 at 1:15 AM

NEW WASHINGTON — What has been a rare opportunity will await the St. Paul softball team on Thursday.

With 11 runs over the final three innings of Thursday’s Division IV sectional semifinal at Buckeye Central, the No. 7-seeded Lady Flyers (7-11) advanced with a 13-3 win in six innings Monday night.

The win puts St. Paul in Thursday’s 5 p..m. sectional championship game at No. 2 Lucas (12-6).

“Right now we’re playing decent ball,” St. Paul coach Bob Wilhelm said. “As long as we hit, our defense usually plays pretty tough. We have Lucas on Thursday, but stranger things have happened.

In Monday’s win, Morgan Baxter was 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and five RBIs to pace St. Paul. Sammy Lippert and Mara Lesch were both 2 for 3 with a double, while Kennedy Stang, Marlaina Sowers and Kaity Tomshack each added two hits.

Also for St. Paul, Sydnee Roth singled and Hannah Rudolph went the distance in the circle. She allowed three unearned runs on four hits with four strikeouts.

“The girls are excited to have the opportunity to be the first team at St. Paul to make it to a district semifinal,” Wilhelm said. “The program has never had a sectional championship, so we’re excited for the opportunity.”


S. Central 8, Mans. St. Peter’s 6

GREENWICH — The Trojans broke out the bats with a huge fifth inning to advance in the Div. IV sectional tournament with Monday’s 8-6 win over Mansfield St. Peter’s in Greenwich.

The Trojans (9-12) advance to Thursday’s 5 p.m. sectional championship game at No. 1 seed Monroeville (20-3).

The game was tied 2-2 in the middle of the fifth inning, then the Trojans scored six runs to take control.

Emma Keysor was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Trojans, while Kailee Beaver was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Elizabeth Music had two hits.

Also for the Trojans, Chiara Powell doubled and drove in two runs, while Keysor went all seven innings for the win. She allowed six runs (one earned) on eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk.


Perkins 8, Norwalk 2

PERKINS TWP. — The host Pirates broke open a tight game late with a four-run sixth inning to beat the visiting Truckers in an SBC Lake game on Thursday.

For Norwalk, Maddie Deiderick was 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Leah Malson added two hits, while Sydney Hughes, Karissa Conrad, Lexi Gendron and Kylee Edney each added singles.

In the circle, Conrad went six innings. She allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts and five walks.


Monroeville 18, W. Reserve 0

MONROEVILLE — The Eagles earned their 20th win of the season and improved to 9-2 in the Firelands Conference with Monday’s rout of Western.

Ashlyn Tommas was 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, while Casey Crossan was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI. Carley Helmstetter and Addison Gessling had two hits and an RBI each, and Paige Schafer added two hits and scored twice.

Helmstetter allowed one hit in five scoreless innings. She struck out 11 with no walks.


Plymouth 17, Mapleton 0 (5 inn.)

PLYMOUTH — The Big Red moved back to .500 (11-11) with Monday’s easy win over the visiting Mounties.

Emily Akers homered and drive in four runs for the Big Red (7-4 FC), while Morgan Chaffins was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Mallory Miller had two hits including a triple, and Tristen Wiley was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Shilo Plank also doubled and drove in two runs.

Miller scattered five hits in four innings in the circle for the win. She struck out four.


Crestview 1, New London 0

OLIVESBURG — The Cougars wrapped up at least a share of the FC title by pushing a single run across in the fifth inning of Monday’s win over the Wildcats.

For New London (9-6, 7-4), Gabby Ledbetter had two singles, and Cassidy Lay and Lili Bartow each had one hit. Kathy Vangilder allowed one run on three hits in seven innings, with six strikeouts and no walks.


W. Reserve 5, Monroeville 3

MONROEVILLE — The Roughriders scored two runs in the top of the seventh to beat the Eagles, who had plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie Monday’s game.

Zach Hankins had one hit and two RBIs for Western (6-18, 1-12), while Devin Good and Carl Starkey (double) each had a hit and an RBI.

Payton Studd pitched four innings of relief for Western, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with four strikeouts.

For Monroeville, Hanler had a hit and an RBI. Gavin Eitle started and got a no-decision, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.


Plymouth 4, Mapleton 0

PLYMOUTH — The Big Red improved to 12-9 overall and 8-3 in the SBC with Monday’s shutout win.

For Plymouth, Treven Lane, Jarrett Miller and AJ Hamann each had a single and an RBI.

On the mound, Miller and Lane each threw three scoreless innings, with Miller starting and striking out four.


Edison 4, St. Mary C.C. 3

SANDUSKY — Edison edged St. Mary Central Catholic in an SBC crossover Monday.

Caden Cooper (5-0) picked up the win for the Chargers (12-7), striking out 10 batters, allowing three runs (two earned) and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Caleb Bissell pitched the final 2/3 for the save. At the plate, Bissell was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, while Thomas Oeder added a double, and Cooper McIntyre, Bryce Roberts, Richard Crooks and Jadon Hanson each registered a single.



Edison 5 Tiffin Calvert 0

MILAN — The SBC Bay division champion Chargers swept visiting Tiffin Calvert on Monday.

James Hill made quick work over Will Klepper at first singles (6-0, 6-0), and Bryan Johnston topped Conner Kwiat (6-1, 6-44) at second singles, while Carter Kramer beat Josh Recker (6-3, 6-1) at No. 3 singles.

At first doubles, Nick Lombardi and Connor Goodwin topped Alex Zimmerman and Xavier Ardner (6-1, 6-0). At No. 2 doubles, Lincoln Meredith and Nick Shupe beat Hannah Kelley and Lexi White (6-3, 7-5).

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