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Softball notebook: Wapakoneta starts the season strong

Mar. 29—WAPAKONETA — Less than one week into the new softball season, everything seems to be clicking for Wapakoneta.

The Redskins (2-0) followed up a 20-1 win over Spencerville on Monday night with another dominant five-inning victory on Tuesday night, 16-1 over Allen East (0-2).

Against the Mustangs, Wapakoneta struck for seven runs in the second inning and nine more in the fifth, getting a hit from six different players and a two-hit performance from Kylie Behr, the starting centerfielder who bats at the bottom of the order.

Wapakoneta coach Bill Sammons said that the key to his team's fast start has been contributions from his younger players, and offensive balance throughout the lineup.

"We have two freshmen in the lineup and they're both stepping up and doing really well," he said. "Our leaders are leading the team and everyone else is following. So far, so good. We're just hoping we can keep this going during this gauntlet of seven games in five days."

Wapakoneta finishes the opening week of the season with a home game against Margaretta and three straight road games, one at Marion Local on Thursday and a doubleheader on Saturday at Parkway.

After stringing together 23 hits on Monday, the Redskins scored runs in bunches against Allen East on just eight hits.

Aubryn Schnarre and Emily Vanhorn each drove in three runs, while Alisha Holtzapple and Kylie Behr both collected a pair of RBI.

Wapakoneta's high-scoring start is something that Sammons says is a reflection of how they've spent their practice time and what his team hopes to be known for this season.

"Hitting is something we emphasize every day and we probably even do too much hitting, but above all, we're hoping for quality at-bats," he said. "Sometimes that's not a base hit. It can also be a good long plate appearance and that's what they had tonight."

Allen East led 1-0 until the bottom of the second inning when Wapakoneta's bats came alive and manufactured a seven-run rally. Aaliyah Young had three hits and scored one run for the Mustangs. Taylor Nickles drove in Young on an RBI single in the top of the first inning.

From that point on, Addison Fisher put together a masterful performance inside the circle for Wapakoneta. She struck out nine batters in a five-inning complete game and allowed one earned run on four hits.

Hittle provides the pop

SPENCERVILLE — Sometimes all it takes is a breakout performance from one player to erase some early season struggles.

The Spencerville Bearcats, who entered Thursday night 0-2 on the young season, got that type of performance from third-basemen Haley Hittle, who provided all the pop in a 15-2 win over Ottoville.

Hittle went 3 for 6 at the plate and drove in six runs. Three of those runs came home on a second-inning double that put Spencerville up six. Hittle reached base safely four times, came around to score twice and collected five total bases in the win.

It was a performance that Spencerville coach Lori Schwartz said was "absolutely huge" for her team.

"She's done a lot of work in the offseason and it's starting to come through for her," Schwartz said. "It's really nice to get some good hits out of your players. Haley and Chevy did really well at the plate tonight."

Left-fielder Chevy Johnson added a pair of hits, including a two-run triple in the fourth inning where the Bearcats plated nine runs. As a team, Spencerville scored its 15 runs on 11 hits and took advantage of three errors from the Ottoville defense.

Spencerville starting pitcher Allison Post scattered 10 hits from the Big Green, allowing two earned runs and striking out three hitters.

"She did a lot of strategic planning with some of her pitching," Schwartz said of Post. "She didn't get down when things didn't go her way. She just kept fighting back and she had a great game."

Big arms

—Jenna Bassitt struck out 14 batters and pitched a one-hitter for Ada against Hardin Northern.

—Abby Stechschulte struck out 10 batters in five innings to lead Columbus Grove to a nine-run victory over Arlington. She also threw a complete game and struck out 10 batters to pick up a win against Lima Senior.

—Kyree Stumbaugh tossed a complete game for Bath, limiting Coldwater to one earned run on four hits.

—Addison Fisher of Wapakoneta struck out 10 batters and threw a complete game against Marion Local.

—Ali Hermiller of Leipsic tossed a complete game and limited Hardin Northern to five hits and two unearned runs.

Big bats

—Lauren Fuerst went 4 for 4 with a triple for Columbus Grove in a win over Arlington.

—Chelsea Wilhelm of Miller City had four hits in a 13-4 win over Patrick Henry.

—Taylor Michel of Miller City had four hits against Patrick Henry.

—Micyah Eberle of Delphos Jefferson went 4 for 4 at the plate in a 35-4 win over Pandora-Gilboa.

—Brynn Butler hit a walk-off single to give Kenton its first win over Upper Sandusky.

—Addison Fisher of Wapakoneta had four hits out of the leadoff spot against Margaretta.

Home run club

—Claire Armentrout drove in three runs on three hits, including a home run for Bath in a 7-5 win over LCC.

—Jenna Bassitt hit a home run and a double for Ada in a 14-0 win over Hardin Northern.

—Macee Heckathorn of Kenton hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning during a 6-4 loss to Marion Harding.

—Rayne Oakes of Waynesfield-Goshen hit a walk-off three-run homer in a win over Allen East.

—Campbelle Glass of Celina went 2 for 2 with a solo home run, two runs and two walks in a loss to Parkway.

SOFTBALL RESULTS AND SCHEDULE

Monday

Bath 7, LCC 5

Ada 14, Hardin Northern 0

Minster 8, Elida 2

Leipsic 10, Ottawa-Glandorf 0,

Columbus Grove 14, Arlington 5

Miller City 13, Patrick Henry 4

Paulding 13, Continental 1

Marion Local 10, Allen East 0

Delphos Jefferson 35, Pandora-Gilboa 4

Archbold 7, Crestview 2

Kenton 7, Upper Sandusky 6

Ansonia 3, Fort Recovery 2

Wapakoneta 20, Spencerville 1

Wayne Trace 22, Ottoville 0

Parkway 16, Van Wert 1

Botkins 26, Cory-Rawson 0

St. Henry 6, Celina 2

Indian Lake 1, New Bremen 0

Antwerp 7, Edon 4

Tuesday

Wapakoneta 16, Allen East 1

Findlay 16, Lima Senior 0

Liberty-Benton 6, Bath 1

Minster 7, Celina 2

Bellefontaine 7, Shawnee 4

Anna 12, Spencerville 7

Paulding 15, Continental 0

Jackson Center 10, Perry 0

St. Henry 6, Franklin Monroe 1

Botkins 25, Upper Scioto Valley 5

Russia 10, Marion Local 4

Wednesday

Parkway 9, Shawnee 1

Riverdale 10, Upper Scioto Valley 3

Liberty-Benton 12, Leipsic 0

Margaretta 5, Wapakoneta 2

Thursday

Ottawa-Glandorf 11, Bluffton 8

Columbus Grove 8, Lima Senior 3

Wayne Trace 8, LCC 0

Marion Harding 6, Kenton 4

Waynesfield-Goshen 14, Allen East 11

Fort Recovery 5, St. Marys 3

Lincolnview 8, Minster 6

Bath 4, Coldwater 2

Parkway 19, Celina 4

Wapakoneta 9, Marion Local 5

Leipsic 10, Hardin Northern 3

St. Henry 4, Shawnee 3

Defiance 5, Archbold 2

Crestview 8, Van Wert 5

Elida 7, New Bremen 0

Friday

Games ended after The Lima News deadline. Find scores, game stories, photos and more on LimaScores.com.

St. Marys at New Bremen, 5 p.m.

Fort Loramie at St. Henry, 5 p.m.

Tri-Village at Versailles, 5 p.m.

Crestview at Miller City, 5 p.m.

Hardin Northern at Arcadia, 5 p.m.

Saturday

Lima Senior at Findlay

Fort Recovery at Bath

Ottoville at Celina (doubleheader)

Elmwood at Defiance

Lincolnview at Defiance

Kenton at Cory-Rawson (doubleheader)

Paulding at Ottawa-Glandorf

Marion Local at Shawnee

Bluffton at St. Marys (doubleheader)

Wapakoneta at Parkway (doubleheader)

Ansonia at Coldwater

Versailles at Benjamin Logan (doubleheader)

Upper Scioto Valley at Ada (doubleheader)

Allen East at Arlington (doubleheader)

Anna at Delphos Jefferson

Leipsic at Holgate

Miller City at Antwerp

Monday, April 1

Celina at Fort Recovery, 5 p.m.

Tinora at Defiance, 5 p.m.

Elida at Bluffton, 5 p.m.

Shawnee at Bryan, 5 p.m.

St. Marys at Marion Local, 5 p.m.

New Bremen at Wapakoneta, , 5 p.m.

Lincolnview at Coldwater, 5 p.m.

Minster at Covington, 5 p.m.

Parkway at Antwerp, 5 p.m.

Ayersville at Columbus Grove, 5 p.m.

Carey Leipsic, 5 p.m.

Ottoville, Delphos Jefferson, 5 p.m.

Kalida at Holgate, 5 p.m.

Paulding at Miller City, 5 p.m.

Arcadia at Pandora-Gilboa, 5 p.m.

Ridgemont at Perry, 5 p.m.

Upper Scioto Valley at Cory-Rawson, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2

Spencerville at Lima Senior, 5 p.m.

Wayne Trace at Coldwater, 5 p.m.

Russia at Fort Recovery, 5 p.m.

Marion Local at Fort Loramie, 5 p.m.

Jackson Center at Minster, 5 p.m.

Lincolnview at Parkway, 5 p.m.

McComb at Ada, 5 p.m.

Allen East at Riverdale, 5 p.m.

Delphos Jefferson at Antwerp, 5 p.m.

Bath at Wapakoneta, 5 p.m.

Celina at Defiance, 5 p.m.

St. Marys at Elida, 5 p.m.

Van Wert at Kenton, 5 p.m.

Ottawa-Glandorf at Shawee, 5 p.m.

Waynesfield-Goshen at Upper Scioto Valley, 5 p.m.

Hardin Northern at Cory-Rawson, 5 p.m.

Ottoville at Columbus Grove, 5 p.m.

Continental at Pandora-Gilboa, 5 p.m.

Kalida at Miller City, 5 p.m.

BASEBALL RESULTS AND SCHEDULE

Monday

Fort Jennings 9, Elida 2

Bryan 8, Ottawa-Glandorf 0

Van Wert 9, Spencerville 1

Columbus Grove 11, Arlington 1

Wayne Trace 22, Continentnal 1

Paulding 8, Ottoville 0

Bellefontaine 9, Bath 3

Kalida 9, Delphos Jefferson 3

Patrick Henry 12, Miller City 1

Coldwater 13, Benjamin Logan 3

Upper Sandusky 4, Kenton 3

Parkway 6, St. Marys 2

Celina 4, Fort Recovery 1

Lemon Bay 9, Defiance 3

Shawnee 5, St. Henry 3

Marion Local 9, Allen East 0

New Knoxville 11, Temple Christian 1

Hardin Northern 12, Ada 0

Perry 3, McComb 1

New Bremen 6, Waynesfield-Goshen 1

Versailles 10, Arcanum 4

Antwerp 10, Edon 3

Ayersville 12, Hilltop 5

Tuesday

Miller City 10, Fort Jennings 2

Celina 11, Marion Local 0

Defiance 16, Greenbrier 2

Minster 4, Bluffton 2

Wapakoneta 13, Benjamin Logan 0

Perry 10, Jackson Center 2

Anna 6, St. Henry 2

New Bremen 14, Houston 0

Versailles 3, Chaminade Julienne 1

Wednesday

Lima Senior 15, Ada 0

Van Wert 11, Lincolnview 2

Liberty-Benton 8, Bath 0

Indian Lake 2, Kenton 1

Van Buren 16, Pandora-Gilboa 0

Otsego 7, Shawnee 0

Elida 7, Columbus Grove 2

Thursday

LCC 4, Lima Senior 3

Ottawa-Glandorf 6, Miller City 3

Lincolnview 9, Fort Jennings 2

Defiance 8, IMG Black 5

Bath 9, Wayne Trace 7

Marion Local 9, Wapakoneta 8

Bryan 13, Elida 2

Delphos St. John's 14, Delphos Jefferson 3

Kenton 3, Marion Harding 2

Cory-Rawson 4, Ada 2

Allen East 4, Arlington 2

McComb 2, Kalida 1

Coldwater 8, Shawnee 3

Leipsic 15, Hardin Northern 3

Minster 20, Spencerville 0

Crestview 9, Hicksville 4

Parkway 2, Celina 0

New Knoxville 8, Upper Scioto Valley 3

Friday

Games ended after The Lima News deadline. Find scores, game stories, photos and more on LimaScores.com.

Elida at Ottoville, 5 p.m.

Fort Recovery at Mississinawa Valley, 5 p.m.

St. Henry at Franklin Monroe, 5 p.m.

Carey at Bluffton, 5 p.m.

Hardin Northern at Arcadia, 5 p.m.

Saturday

Bath Spring Classic: Perry vs Bath

Bath Spring Classic: Allen East vs Lima Senior

PBR Spring Classic at Wapakoneta: Monroe Falls vs Wapakoneta

Kalida at Elida

Paulding at Ottawa-Glandorf

Tri at Findlay: Ashland vs Shawnee

Tri at Findlay: Shawnee vs Findlay

Minster at St. Marys

Van Wert at Bryan

Coldwater at Troy (doubleheader)

Fort Recovery at Crestview

Jackson Center at New Knoxville

Delphos Jefferson at Parkway

Upper Scioto Valley at Ada (doubleheader)

Bluffton at Liberty-Benton

Columbus Grove at Cory-Rawson

Leipsic at Holgate

Antwerp at Lincolnview

Patrick Henry at Continental

Monday, April 1

Lincolnview at Lima Senior, 5 p.m.

Coldwater at LCC, 5 p.m.

Defiance at Paulding, 5 p.m.

Ottawa-Glandorf at Fort Jennings, 5 p.m.

Delphos St. John's at Shawnee, 5 p.m.

New Bremen at St. Marys, 5 p.m.

Van Wert at Parkway, 5 p.m.

Wapakoneta at Minster, 5 p.m.

Lehman Catholic at Fort Recovery, 5 p.m.

Arcanum at Marion Local, 5 p.m.

Versailles at Miami East, 5 p.m.

Delphos Jefferson at Miller City, 5 p.m.

Carey at Leipsic, 5 p.m.

Kalida at Holgate, 5 p.m.

Fairview at Ottoville, 5 p.m.

Arcadia at Pandora-Gilboa, 5 p.m.

Ridgemont at Perry, 5 p.m.

Temple Christian at Waynesfield-Goshen, 5 p.m.

Upper Scioto Valley at Cory-Rawson, 5 p.m.

North Baltimore at Hardin Northern, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2

Delphos Jefferson at LCC, 5 p.m.

Spencerville at Delphos St. John's, 5 p.m.

Fort Loramie at Marion Local, 5 p.m.

Jackson Center at Minster, 5 p.m.

New Bremen at Anna, 5 p.m.

Parkway at Crestview, 5 p.m.

Russia at Versailles, 5 p.m.

McComb at Ada, 5 p.m.

Allen East at Riverdale, 5 p.m.

Ayersville at Lincolnview, 5 p.m.

Wapakoneta at Bath, 5 p.m.

Defiance at Celina, 5 p.m.

Elida at St. Marys, 5 p.m.

Kenton at Van Wert, 5 p.m.

Shawnee at Ottawa-Glandorf, 5 p.m.

Perry at Temple Christian, 5 p.m.

Waynesfied-Goshen at Upper Scioto Valley, 5 p.m.

Hardin Northern at Cory-Rawson, 5 p.m.

Ottoville at Columbus Grove, 5 p.m.

Continental at Pandora-Gilboa, 5 p.m.

Leipsic at Fort Jennings, 5 p.m.

Kalida at Miller City, 5 p.m.