Elmwood softball deals first defeat to Eastwood

BLOOMDALE — Elmwood jumped out to a 7-1 lead through four innings and held off previously unbeaten Eastwood for a 9-4 victory Thursday in Northern Buckeye Conference play.
Olivia Myers hit a home run to go with two singles and finished with three runs batted in for the Royals, who improved to 12-4 overall and 5-1 in the NBC.
Lindsay George doubled, singled and drove in three runs, Madison Arnold singled twice and drove in a pair of runs and winning pitcher Miranda Benschoter added a triple, a double and a single for Elmwood. Rebecca Harvey doubled and singled and Chelsie Schmitz singled and drove in a run.
Benschoter allowed four earned runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts and three walks in a complete game.
Anna Rahrig notched two singles and an RBI, while Marissa Tudor and Cassidy Rolf each contributed a single and an RBI for the Eagles (13-1, 4-1).

Eastwood 000 120 1 — 4 10 0
Elmwood 202 302 x — 9 14 1
WP — Benschoter. LP — Shirling. top hitters: (Eas) Jennings 1B, 2B; Rolf 1B, RBI; Rahrig 2-1B, RBI; Tudor 1B, RBI; Getz 2B. (Elm) Benschoter 1B, 2B, 3B; Myers HR, 2-1B, 3 RBI; Harvey 1B, 2B; Arnold 2-1B, 2 RBI; George 1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Schmitz 1B, RBI.
records: Eastwood 13-1 (4-1 NBC); Elmwood 12-4 (5-1 NBC).

Allie Rutter recorded 10 strikeouts and no walks while pitching a four-hitter as St. Wendelin bounced McComb 9-0 Thursday in nonconference play at Foundation Park.
Edy Mowrey led the Mohawks (5-9) at the plate with a triple, a double, two singles and two RBIs, while Mikayla Gilliland recorded two triples and Krystal Krout added a double and a single and drove in two runs.
Cortney Babb tallied a triple and two singles for St. Wendelin, which collected 21 hits. Hunter Weidner doubled, singled and drove in two runs, Rutter and Sammie Digby each had a pair of singles and an RBI and Meghan Reiter added two singles.
Bridgette Swartz doubled for the Panthers.
All of the runs scored against losing pitcher Carrigan Gomez were earned.
McComb 000 000 0 — 0 4 0 St. Wendelin 013 320 X — 9 21 1
WP — Rutter. LP — Gomez. top hitters: (M) Swartz 2B. (SW) Gilliland 2-3B; Krout 2B, 1B, 2 RBI; Reiter 2-1B; Mowrey 3B, 2B, 2-1B, 2 RBI; Rutter 2-1B, RBI; Babb 3B, 2-1B; Digby 2-1B, RBI; Weidner 2B, 1B, 2 RBI.
records: McComb 3-13; St. Wendelin 5-9.
ARCADIA — Kara Scherger led off the top of the ninth inning with a home run for state-ranked New Riegel, and seven runs later the Blue Jackets owned a 13-5 nonleague win over Arcadia.
The Blue Jackets, who are ranked No. 4 in Division IV, improved to 16-4, while the Redskins fell to 9-5.
New Riegel trailed 4-2 through three innings but went ahead 5-4 with a run in the fifth and two in the seventh. Arcadia tied the contest with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Scherger added two singles and a double and finished with six runs batted in, while Taylor Kirian added three singles and an RBI and Lauren Zoeller had two doubles and an RBI.
Emily Hohman hit a pair of singles for the Blue Jackets, while Morgan Noftz and Lauren Ladd each singled and drove in a run.
Kirian gave up four earned runs on 11 hits with one walk in nine innings for the win.
Ashley Baird took the loss after allowing seven earned runs on 13 hits with 10 walks in a complete game.
Baird hit a two-run home run, two singles and drove in three runs for Arcadia (9-5), while Courtney Cramer recorded two doubles and a single and Lizzie Coward had a single and an RBI.

New Riegel 002 010 208 — 13 13 4 Arcadia 112 000 100 — 5 11 4
WP — Kirian (15-4). LP — As. Baird (9-4). top hitters: (NR) Scherger HR, 2B, 2-1B, 6 RBI; Hohman 2-1B; Kirian 3-1B, RBI; Zoeller 2-2B, RBI; Noftz 1B, RBI; Ladd 1B, RBI. (A) As. Baird HR, 2-1B, 3 RBI; Cramer 2-2B, 1B; Coward 1B, RBI.
records: New Riegel 16-4; Arcadia 9-5.

CAREY — Lakota went ahead with three runs in the top of the eighth inning and fought off Carey for a 7-5 win Thursday in Midland Athletic League play.
Aubrey Bickford tallied a double, two singles and two RBIs for Lakota (11-4 overall, 5-1 MAL), while Bree Long-Meyer added a pair of singles and drove in a run, Alaina Bickford singled and drove in two runs. Nikkia Cooper recorded a double and a single, Destiney Long-Meyer hit a pair of singles and Breanna Ray had a single and an RBI.
Winning pitcher Morgan Gangwer gave up only one earned run on six hits with nine strikeouts and five walks while going the distance.
Ali Rymer took the loss as the Blue Devils dropped to 6-6 and 2-3.
Hannah Draper hit a double and a single for Carey and Taylor Fletcher added a double.

Lakota 001 300 03 — 7 13 6 Carey 001 300 01 — 5 6 3
WP — Gangwer. LP — Rymer. top hitters: (L) Cooper 2B, 1B, RBI; B. Long-Meyer 2-1B, RBI; Al. Bickford 1B, 2 RBI; Au. Bickford 2B, 2-1B, 2 RBI; D. Long-Meyer 2-1B; B. Ray 1B, RBI; Miller RBI. (C) Fletcher 2B; Draper 2B, 1B.
records: Lakota 11-4 (5-1 MAL); Carey 6-6 (2-3 MAL).

VAN BUREN — A throwing error by Liberty-Benton in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed Van Buren’s Erin Neall to score the winning run in the Black Knights’ 4-3 come-from-behind Blanchard Valley Conference victory Thursday.
Liberty-Benton led 3-0 entering the sixth inning, but Van Buren capitalized on errors and got the hits necessary to rally for the win.
Nichole Miller singled three times, while Paige Sudlow and Robyn Flick each added a single and an RBI for the Black Knights (7-10 overall, 4-2 BVC).
The Eagles (5-9, 3-4) got a triple from Maddie Pape.

Liberty-Benton 100 200 0 — 3 5 4
Van Buren 000 002 2 — 4 5 5
WP — Miller. LP — Pape. top hitters: (L-B) Pape 3B. (VB) Miller 3-1B; Sudlow 1B, RBI; Flick 1B, RBI.
records: Liberty-Benton 5-9 overall (3-4 BVC); Van Buren 7-10 overall (4-2 BVC).
Fostoria High School rallied from a three-run deficit Thursday to claim a 7-6 victory over Fremont Ross in nonleague play at Grant Jackson Field.
The Little Giants went ahead 6-3 with a five-run third inning, but the Redmen came back with two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and raised their record to 11-5.
Kaleb Bemis hit three singles for FHS, while Lance Smith added a pair of singles and Chris Hampton singled.
Trey Yates earned the win on the mound for FHS, while Andy Mapus took the loss for Fremont Ross.
Michael Hufford had a pair of singles for the Little Giants while Nick Michael tallied a double and a single and Jalen Slick recorded a single.

Ross 105 000 0 — 6 8 4 Fostoria 030 220 X — 7 6 4
WP — Yates (2-2). LP — Mapus. top hitters: (FR) Hufford 2-1B; Michael 2B, 1B. (F) L. Smith 2-1B; Ka. Bemis 3-1B.
record: Fostoria 11-5.

McComb scored five runs in the first inning and added four more in the sixth in claiming an 11-1 victory over St. Wendelin Thursday in nonconference play at Lucadello Field.
Winning pitcher Travis Clark doubled and singled twice as the Panthers improved to 13-3.
Donovan Scudder took the loss as the Mohawks dropped to 2-15.
Trent Whetsel hit a run-scoring double and Scudder, Brad Buhrow and Cyle Smith singled for St. Wendelin.

McComb 500 024 — 11 13 0 Fostoria St. Wendelin 000 100 — 1 4 3
WP — Clark. LP — Scudder. top hitters: (M) Clark 2B, 2-1B; M. Schroeder, Reardon 2-1B; LaRue 2-1B. (SW) Whetsel 2B, RBI.
records: McComb 13-3; St. Wendelin 2-15.

VAN BUREN — Liberty-Benton scored all of its runs in the top of the sixth inning to knock off Van Buren 6-5 Thursday in a battle of two of the top Blanchard Valley Conference teams.
Jared Neiling and Josh Ostrander each had two hits for the Eagles (16-1 overall, 7-0 BVC).
Alex Harter earned the win on the mound by pitching a complete game, allowing five earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and five walks.
Jameson Jacobs took the loss after giving up one earned run on nine hits in six innings.
Drew Conner and Brandon Bell combined for four singles and three RBIs for Van Buren (10-5, 4-2).

Liberty-Benton 000 006 0 — 6 9 1 Van Buren 000 041 0 — 5 8 4
WP — Harter. LP — Jacobs. top hitters: (L-B) Ostrander 2B, 1B; Neiling 2-1B, RBI. (VB) Conner 2B, 1B, RBI; Bell 2-1B, 2 RBI; Jacobs 2-1B.
records: Liberty-Benton 16-1 (7-0 BVC); Van Buren 10-5 (4-2 BVC).

Boys tennis
DEFIANCE — No. 3 singles player Jordan Marshall came up with Fostoria High School’s lone victory Friday as the Redmen fell 4-1 to Defiance.
Marshall beat Michael Gineman 6-4, 6-2. In the Bulldogs’ singles wins, Nolan Parsons downed Sabian Arana 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 and Joseph Andonegui stopped Noah Kitchen 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.
Defiance swept the doubles matches as Rodrigo Luque-Cuesta and Evan Bates topped Dylan Stone and Bishop Mahan 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1, and Austin Hubbard and Jordan Scott defeated Tyree Ticey and Jeremiah Brough 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.



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