NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore, looking to repeat as Blanchard Valley Conference softball champion, gained a little cushion in the league standings on Wednesday with a 6-1 win over Liberty-Benton.
Solid pitching by Katelyn Weinandy and three two-run innings did it for North Baltimore, which remained unbeaten in BVC games (5-0) and improved to 10-3 overall. Liberty-Benton, a game out of first place entering the game, fell to 7-7, 4-2 in the league.
North Baltimore still leads Arcadia (6-5, 5-2) by a game in the standings. The Tigers and Redskins square off May 1 in Arcadia.
Makenna Ray had three singles, Jasmine McNett (2-1B) and Paige Hyatt (1B, 3B) had two hits each and all three drove in a run for North Baltimore. Weinandy went the distance, allowing four hits, one run and striking out six to up her record to 8-0.
Kacey Durliat had two hits and drove in the lone run for Liberty-Benton.
Liberty-Benton 001 000 0 — 1 4 0
North Baltimore 022 200 x — 6 10 1
WP — Weinandy (8-0). LP — Veenstra. TOp hitters: (L-B) Durliat 2-1B, RBI. (NB) Ray 3-1B, RBI; McNett 2-1B, RBI; Hyatt 1B, 3B, RBI.
records: Liberty-Benton 7-7 overall, 4-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; North Baltimore 10-3, 5-0 BVC.
ARCADIA — Hopewell-Loudon scored three runs in each of the first two innings and rolled past Arcadia 7-4 for a Blanchard Valley Conference softball win Wednesday.
Kyleigh Krupp doubled, homered and totaled three RBIs for the Chieftains who improved to 5-9 overall, 4-2 in the BVC.
Haley Kieffer was 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs to lead the Redskins (6-5, 5-2) offensively.
Hopewell-Loudon 330 000 1 — 7 13 1
Arcadia 003 010 0 — 4 9 3
WP — Gosche. LP — Renz. top hitters: (H-L) Malagon 2-1B; Depinet 2-1B; Krupp 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Coppus 1B, RBI; Colley 3-1B, RBI; Kirby 2-1B, 2 RBI. (Arc) Kieffer HR, 1B, 2 RBI; Reinhart 2-1B; Peters 2B, 1B, RBI.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 5-9 overall, 4-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arcadia 6-5, 5-2 BVC.
VAN BUREN 5
LEIPSIC — Kila Fultz fired a one-hitter and Van Buren poured in five runs in the fourth inning in topping Leipsic 5-0 in a Blanchard Valley Conference softball game.
Fultz finished with seven strikeouts and two walks across seven frames to lead the Black Knights (8-4, 4-2 BVC), while Olivia Sexton (3-1B) and Leah Stall (2-1B) each tallied multi-hit games.
Summer Steingass took the loss for the Vikings (5-7, 2-4), but collected Leipsic’s only hit at the plate.
Van Buren 000 500 0 — 5 7 0
Leipsic 000 000 0 — 0 1 5
WP — Fultz. LP — Steingass. top hitters: (VB) Sexton 3-1B; Stall 2-1B; Fultz & Durliat 1B, RBI. (Leip) Steingass 1B.
records: Van Buren 8-4 overall, 4-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Leipsic 5-7, 2-4 BVC.
BLOOMDALE — Claire Meyer doubled and drove in two runs to support Makenna Benschoter’s four-hit pitching as Elmwood downed winless Rossford 5-1 on Wednesday in a Northern Buckeye Conference softball game.
Kendra Stewart singled twice and knocked in a run to help the Royals improve to 11-2 overall and 2-1 in the NBC.
Benschoter allowed four singles, struck out three and walked three in the circle.
The Bulldogs slipped to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
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WP — Benschoter. LP — Jarod. top hitters: (Ross) Murtha, Kitzler, Peters & Jarod 1B. (Elm) Kynard 2B, Stewart 2-1B, RBI; Meyer 2B, 2 RBI.
records: Rossford 0-9, 0-4 Northern Buckeye Conference; Elmwood 11-2, 2-1 NBC.
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LEIPSIC — The starting pitchers for both Leipsic and Van Buren each allowed two earned runs. But the Black Knights allowed three additional unearned runs on three errors in what was the difference as the Vikings claimed a 5-2 Blanchard Valley Conference win.
Tyler Hiegel paced Leipsic (9-4, 5-1 BVC) with five strikeouts and five hits allowed across 51/3 innings, also adding a single at the plate. Grant Rader singled twice and drove in a run and Nick Schey added an RBI.
Brandon Bell led Van Buren (7-7, 4-3) with two triples, while both Saige Warren and Angel garcia singled and drove in a run. Joshua Seitz struck out six and allowed five runs, two earned, across six frames in the loss.
Van Buren 000 002 0 — 2 5 3
Leipsic 120 020 x — 5 6 1
WP — Seitz. LP — Hiegel. top hitters: (VB) Bell 2-3B; Warren & Tabler 1B, RBI. (Leip) Rader 2-1B, RBI; Schey RBI; Rieman 2B.
records: Van Buren 7-7 overall, 4-3 Blanchard Valley Conference; Leipsic 9-4, 5-1 BVC.
NORTH BALTIMORE 1
NORTH BALTIMORE — Marshall Rose hit three singles with two RBIs while Tyler George belted a home run and drove in three runs to lead Liberty-Benton over North Baltimore 12-1 in a Blanchard Valley Conference baseball game Wednesday.
A.J. Dobbins and Jacob Nichols added two hits and two RBIs for L-B (7-3, 5-0 BVC). Wyatt Young doubled and singled.
David Patterson and Alex Snyder had two hits to lead North Baltimore (5-7, 2-3 BVC).
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North Baltimore 000 001 — 1 4 5
WP — Snider. LP — Rader. TOP HITTERS: (L-B) Rose 3-1B, 2 RBI; George HR, 3 RBI; Young 2B, 1B; Dobbins & Nichols 2-1B, 2 RBI; Snider 2B, RBI. (NB) Patterson 2-1B, RBI; Snyder 2-1B.
RECORDS: Liberty-Benton 7-3 overall, 5-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; North Baltimore 5-7, 2-3.
ARCADIA — Hopewell-Loudon’s Kyle Reinbolt fanned 15 batters and combined with Alex Bour to one-hit Arcadia in the Chieftains’ 9-1 Blanchard Valley Conference baseball win Wednesday.
Reinbolt allowed only one hit and one walk in six innings of work and also drove in a pair of runs to help his own cause and Hopewell-Loudon improved to 5-6 overall, 2-3 in the BVC.
The Redskins got one run across in the seventh inning before falling to 3-9, 1-4.
Hopewell-Loudon 310 014 0 — 9 10 1
Arcadia 000 000 1 — 1 1 3
WP — Reinbolt. LP — Metzger. top hitters: (H-L) Kreais 2B, 1B; Reinbolt 1B, 2 RBI; Nelson 2-1B, 2 RBI; Milligan 2-1B, RBI. (Arc) C. Cramer 1B.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 5-6 overall, 2-3 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arcadia 3-9, 1-4.