By Robbin Kiser
April 2, 2014
The Piqua softball season son got off to a rough start with a 14-1 loss to Wapakoneta Monday.
The Lady Indians gave up three runs in top of the first and never caught up, although it was a competitive game most of the way.
An error led to to and unearned run in the first inning fas part of the Lady Redskins three runs.
In the home first, things off with a single and moved to third when the centerfielder misplayed Kyla Blankenship’s fly ball.
But, Anderson was stranded there — pattern for Piqua who standed seven runners in the game.
The Lady Indians got back within 3-1 in the second.
Kelsie Hall singled in the third, moved to second on Rayna Brownlee’s sacrifice and third on Kendall Grunkemeyer’s single.
She scored when Anderson reached on an error.
In the third, catcher Emily Smith had a two-out double, but was thrown out trying to make it to third.
She was shaken up on the play but remained in the game.
Wapakoneta added two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and four each in the sixth and seventh innings.
Anderson, who 2-for-4 and reached base three times, singled again in the fifth, but was stranded on third.
Jade Piatt pitched the first six innings, with Blankenship pitching the seventh.
They combined to strike out four, walk three and hit one batter.
Lady Cavs fall
PLEASANT HILL — The Lehman Lady Cavs played well, but lost on a leadoff, walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 3-2 verdict at Newton Monday night in the season opener.
The Lady Cavs, 0-1, will host Ridgemont today at Harmon Field.
The two teams were deadlocked after seven innings, and the Lady Cavs failed to score in the top of the eighth. Then in the bottom of the inning, Newton’s Laura Oaks led off with a long home run to win it for the home team.
“It was a no-doubter,” said Lehman coach Bill Booth. “It was a tough way to lose, but I was happy with the way the girls played. We had six hits and did not commit an error. They had bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth and didn’t score, so we played well defensively.”
Ellie Cain had two hits and drove in both runs for Lehmnan, and Brooke Jones added a double.
Lady Raiders roll
RUSSIA — The Russia girls blanked Botkins 15-0 Monday to get new head coach Michelle Baker a win in her debut in County girls softball action.
The Lady Raiders jumped all over the Lady Trojans for five in the first and four in the second, setting the stage for the run rule.
Taylor Borchers led the 10-hit attack for Russia, going 3-for-3. Corinna Francis was 2-for-2 and drove in four runs.
Pitchers Maddie Borchers and Katie Schwartz combined for a no-hitter, with Borchers striking out seven in just three innings and Schwartz fanning three for a total of 10 for the two.
Cats edge JC
HOUSTON — Houston and Jackson Center played a good one Monday at Houston in County girls softball action, the Lady Wildcats holding on for a 3-2 victory in the season opener for both squads.
Houston scored single runs in the second, third and sixth innings, and led 3-1 going to the seventh, when Jackson scored a run before relief pitcher Macey Stang got out of trouble.
Kayla New was the winner for Houston, getting six strikeouts in five innings. Stang earned the save.
Micayla Hensley scored twice for Houston. Stang singled twice and doubled in three trips, and also drove in two of the runs.
Morgan Dickman had a double for the Lady Tigers.
“It was a good game,” said Houston coach Brent New. “Both teams played good defense.”
Lady Roaders win
BRADFORD — The Bradford softball team started its season off with a 10-1 win over New Bremen Monday.
It was a good day for the Roader offense, posting 14 hits. Leading the charge was Olivia Hart going 3-for-4 with a triple.
Tori Smith also had a triple. Haley Patty and Brooke Dunlevy, along with Erika Hart, Kylie Miller, and Brooke Brower all went 2-for-4 .
Patty went the distance on the mound, giving up one run and throwing 10 strikeouts.
The Roaders travel to Coldwater Thursday.