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Lakota softball advances past H-L in sectional

KANSAS — Morgan Gangwer fired a three-hitter with a pair of strikeouts, doubled and drove in two runs to help Lakota shut down Hopewell-Loudon 10-0 in five innings Friday in a Division IV sectional championship contest.
Lakota (16-7) advances to face Sandusky St. Mary, which defeated Cardinal Stritch 8-2 on Friday, in a 5 p.m. district semifinal Tuesday at Fremont Ross.
The Raiders, racked up 16 hits, blew the game open with seven runs in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead.
Alaina Bickford doubled and also hit three singles, while Aspen Ray tripled, singled twice and led the Raiders with three RBIs.
Sam Miller added two singles and two RBIs and Bree Long-Meyer singled twice and drove in a run.
Mikayla Wilson singled twice for the Chieftains (2-16).

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WP — Gangwer. top hitters: (H-L) Wilson 2-1B. (Lak) B. Long-Meyer 2-1B, RBI; Al. Bickford 2B, 3-1B; Gangwer 2B, 2 RBI; Au. Bickford 2-1B; A. Ray 3B, 2-1B, 3 RBI; Miller 2-1B, 2 RBI.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 2-16; Lakota 16-7.

VAN BUREN 6
AYERSVILLE 2
VAN BUREN — Nichole Miller tossed a four-h-tter with nine strikeouts Friday as Van Buren beat Ayersville 6-2 in a Division IV sectional softball final.
Van Buren (13-12) advances to play either North Baltimore at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a district semifinal at Elida.
Paige Sudlow had a pair of singles with an RBI and Samantha Hagans added a double with two RBIs to lead the Black Knights.
Ayersville 000 200 0 – 2 4 4 Van Buren 303 000 x – 6 8 0
WP — Miller. LP — K. Brown. top hitters: (VB) Miller 2-1B; Sudlow 2-1B, RBI; Hagans 2B, 2 RBI; Sattler 2B, RBI. (A) Martin 2-1B, 2 RBI; I. Brown 1B; Carnahan 1B.
records: Van Buren 13-12.

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NEW RIEGEL 4
BUCKEYE CENTRAL 1
NEW RIEGEL — Michael Kirian allowed an earned run on three hits and recorded nine strikeouts as New Riegel knocked off Buckeye Central 4-1 Friday in a Division IV sectional baseball final.
Austin Mathias singled twice, Jake Dryfuse doubled and both drove in a run for the Blue Jackets (12-10), who will play Mohawk in a district semifinal game at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Colonel Crawford High School.

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WP — Kirian (6-2). LP — Lutz. top hitters: (NR) Mathais 2-1B, RBI; Dryfuse 2B, RBI.
records: Buckeye Central 14-14; New Riegel 12-10.

HURON 1
HOPEWELL-LOUDON 0
HURON — Winning pitcher Kyle Kovach knocked in the game’s lone run in the fourth inning Friday and Huron edged Hopewell-Loudon 1-0 Friday in a Division IV sectional championship game.
The Tigers will take a 17-7 record into Thursday’s district semifinal matchup against New London at Heidelberg University in Tiffin.
Kovach allowed three hits while striking out four and walking four in 6-plus innings. Tommy Bogden closed out the game, striking out one batter in two-thirds of an inning to earn the save.
Garret Sendelbach suffered the loss after surrendering one earned run on three hits and three walks while fanning nine in six innings.
Ryan Depinet, Bryan Scherger and Austin Tooker each singled for the Chieftains (15-9).
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WP — Kovach. LP — Sendelbach (6-4). TOP HITTERS: (H-L) Depinet 1B; Scherger 1B; Tooker 1B. (H) Kovach 1B, RBI; Dowell 1B; Mix 1B.
RECORDS: Hopewell-Loudon 15-9; Huron 17-7.

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